AllMusic's Scores

  • Music
For 14,076 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 The Early Years 1967-1972 [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 20 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Score distribution:
14076 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though Bleached are still figuring out how to use their newfound clarity, the process finds them generating sparks like never before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Age of Immunology is an idealistic, impressionistic rebuke to Brexit and the other xenophobic movements of the late 2010s. ... On The Age of Immunology, they set this message to beguiling, fantastical soundscapes that are as welcoming as they are unusual.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For Trojan Jamaica, it's a solid enough introduction from a number of top-shelf participants.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's little ambiguity here and, compared to their earlier work, it's a refreshing evolution and maturation. That a group of Canadian punks would be the voices of reason in 2019 is a wonder in itself; that they've delivered one of the most accomplished albums in their catalog this late in their careers is another.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if it's not quite as fully realized as some of their other albums, King's Mouth boasts enough beautiful music and striking imagery to make it well worth hearing, especially for Flaming Lips fans who miss the music they made in the 2000s.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Generally, Egoli bends toward joyous exuberance, music that sustains itself through its spontaneity and its open heart. The immediacy makes Egoli an instantly inviting listen but it's the camaraderie that makes it a nourishing one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The set won't take the place of any of their studio albums, but it's a strong addition to their body of work that fans should treasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fiske's participation makes PSII even more compelling than its fine companion album. It is arguably Elephant9's finest live offering to date, and a guidepost to other bands showing how it's done.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drab Majesty have crafted an album that works on its own merits, with songs that you may want to revisit just as much as your favorite vintage post-punk classic track. There's also a nice emotional arc and flow to the album that speaks to the band's theatrical nature as they recontextualize a kohl-eyed '80s goth aesthetic for the next doom generation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its glassy, placid groove isn't a reflection of his blandness, but how Sheeran knows that this is the sound that defines global pop in 2019.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The radical changes Trash Kit made to their music only heighten their time-tested strengths, and Horizon is some of their most satisfying music as well as their most forward-looking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times, his contemplation gets a little too meandering, and some songs fall on the wrong side of the fine line between anthemic and clichéd. Nevertheless, The Soft Cavalry is a promising debut that's held together by the emotional commitment Clarke and Goswell bring to each of its songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    ic. Sincere and genuine activists who can move the crowd like this are a rare commodity, and A People's History of Gauche belongs in the collection of anyone who doesn't want to shut down their brain or their convictions when they head out to the dance on Saturday night.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it's unlike anything he has attempted before, the ambitious sounds of Tracing Back the Radiance still bear the distinctive stamp of his artistry, one that feels restless, nostalgic, and quietly hopeful regardless of the form it takes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From beginning to end, The Long Goodbye is pure Pere Ubu: surprising, unexpectedly tender, and above all, thought-provoking. Even by their standards, this is a wild and challenging album -- coming full circle rarely sounds this exhilarating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Weather functions as one would expect of Tycho's vision of a pop album -- it's immaculately crafted as well as relatable, while also smooth and unchallenging enough to warrant repeated background listening.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Filled with lonely songs that are as warm as a hug from a long-lost friend, Purple Mountains is more of a rebirth than a debut, as well as a potent, poignant reminder of how much Berman has been missed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The band surely meant for this to be a stopgap until their next album, but rather than giving this a spin it would be more rewarding to go back to Con Todo el Mundo and enjoy its many charms instead. The ways they explore the outer reaches of dub on that album are truly exciting, while this comes off like a school assignment in comparison.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a cool wash of shimmering dream pop, soulful, electronics-laced indie rock, and windows-down Americana that somehow manages to be both unassuming and grand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you got to know METZ from 2015's II or 2017's Strange Peace, Automat will amaze you as you ponder how long they've been this good, and if you haven't been introduced to their work, starting at the beginning isn't a bad idea at all. Either way, you need this music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Torche can get dirty as well, as evidenced by the gnarly, Alice in Chains-meets-Mastodon attack of "Extremes of Consciousness" and the scorching, aptly named "Inferno," but for the most part Admission administers seismic confections that vary in sweetness but always satisfy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Love Will Find a Way" closely echoes the levitating version on Pharoah Sanders' like-titled album, all the while seeming to inch toward "Love's Holiday." It ends this invigorating album just as effectively as the blueprint began its parent release.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there's a mercurial effect to Until the Tide Creeps In at least partly due to its songwriters writing separately, common tendencies, artful execution, and a melancholy dreaminess tie it all together, like a novel that's consistently compelling as it moves through multiple perspectives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    III
    Her most accomplished statement to date, a collection brimming with emotion, attitude, and unexpected delights.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album of skeletal club tracks might be a bit puzzling to listeners who prefer Aguayo's more song-based efforts, but it's definitely worthwhile for anyone keeping an ear to the vanguard of global club music, particularly labels like Príncipe Discos.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the group's tone reflects the hardships of life in politically suppressed Kinshasa, KOKOKO!'s songs extend beyond mere protest music, bearing an aura of mystery and a celebratory sense of their own spontaneous creation. In an era of musical abundance and sonic homogeneity, it's increasingly uncommon to hear music this fresh and original.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their third campaign to open the public's eyes to the ills of modern society, Los Angeles industrial anarchists 3Teeth expand the scope of their assault with the powerful Metawar, a hulking monster that makes shutdown.exe sound tame in comparison.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some of Garson's other albums may have been more overtly groundbreaking, there's something endearing and pure about Mother Earth's Plantasia that resonates even more powerfully decades later.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Poised and spacious, warm and inclusive, and highly provoked, Stonechild is another memorable addition to Hoop's discography.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A paranoid set that's nonetheless cathartic and dependably fun.