Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 3,442 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Stay Positive
Lowest review score: 0 Playing With Fire
Score distribution:
3442 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Abnormal offers something even better, possibly, than reckless youth: rock stars finally old enough to truly miss those good old days — and wise enough now, too, to give us the soundtrack these strange new times deserve.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Southside is, for most of its 12 songs, a showcase for Hunt's affable charm and playlist-era approach to making music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lipa quickly established herself as one of pop's most compelling presences during her quick rise, and Future Nostalgia shows that she's going to be sticking around its upper echelons for a while.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a sturdy rock album from five guys who know what they're doing, took time till they had something to say, are interpolating new influences, and sound stoked to be back together in a room. Die-hard fans will be pleased, and more casual fans will be pleasantly surprised.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Perhaps his biggest sonic leap yet as well as his strongest and most consistent work to date. There's a cohesion to these 14 tracks that was absent from Tesfaye's last several releases, a real sense that he's closer than ever to striking the perfect balance between the darkly shaded aesthetic he broke out with and the naked pop ambitions of his more recent material.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A Written Testimony is an accomplished album with decent rewind factor, but it feels somewhat hampered by the seismic impact of the rapper's work a decade ago. That it doesn’t have forceful songs like “Exhibit C,” “Dear Moleskine,” or “The Ghost of Christopher Wallace” could draw naysayers, even if it picks up where Jay Elec left off. It exists nonetheless, and that’s a righteous step forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A rush of indelible non sequiturs - vibraphone solos, ripsaws - gives it all an unexpectedly thrilling buzz. [Mar 2020, p.99]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's something enveloping about his dense, churning compositions, like falling into a sonic cement mixer. [Mar 2020, p.99]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Nightfall finds Little Big Town in prime form, using harmonizing and honesty to get themselves through the high times and the low moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A derivative party foul, a spirited genre game that plays like a copy of a copy. [Feb 2020, p.104]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a whole, Music to Be Murdered By is as hit-and-miss as anything Eminem has released this side of the millennium. But remove the skits, the relationship songs, the family songs, the morose gun control song, and the quirky Ed Sheeran club goof and you still have 36 solid minutes of the daffy, one-of-a-kind rap genius that keeps captivating true-school heads and longtime fans. Or, if you’d like, keep it all and you still have the most solid work he’s done in a few years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Over 16 tracks, Manic is a chaotic amalgamation of self-analysis, rage, depression, ecstasy, and growth that sees its creator managing the messiness of fame while trying to stay true to herself. We’re just along for the ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A varsity-squad production team, including various Max Martin-affiliated Swedes and the ace songwriting duo of Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, bring their considerable contributions — though their job, of course, is to make Gomez sound like nothing less than her own woman: a girl interrupted but now returned, in Rare form.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While Everyday Life is bursting with thoughts on modern life, it also has the big-tent pop moments that made Coldplay one of the 21st century’s most reliable arena acts. ... Catchy, curveball-filled record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Granted, it’s a bit of a slog: six of Fear Inoculum‘s 10 tracks spiral past the 10-minute mark. However, these tunes don’t resemble multi-part, Yes-style “prog epics” as much as rock songs stretched into the longform vistas of post-rock, psychedelia, experimental music, minimalism, and jazz.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Over its 14 tracks, Rockwell keeps its midtempo mood steady, whether Del Rey’s characters are rushing down low-lit California highways or hiding out in anonymous Valley suburbs. The songs tend to flow into each other, although Antonoff and Del Rey’s partnership does result in some lovely musical moments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Important sentiments may abound here, but they're missing a solid follow-through. [Sep 2019, p.101]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    That Iconology wound up being a five-song EP, with two of those tracks having the same bones, was a bit of a letdown. But the material is still strong, with Elliott showing how she can flip and reverse even the most tired pop tropes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Lover is the latest proof that keeping tabs on her journey still yields its own fascinating rewards.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    i,i, feels as confident as anything he’s ever done: a dense, richly layered showcase for his continued aversion to the standard rules of grammar and the deepening of his defiantly uncommercial sound.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A few times, 1123 is too stuck in its own sensibilities for its own good — the inspirational, album-closing “Reach” is not much more heartening than any inspirational track you’ve heard over the past five years — but if BJ insists on staying within the margins, at least the borders are neatly kept
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A master lyricist, a musical omnivore, Chance and his family of producers and instrumentalists channel all the big emotions of the big day in a swirl of bliss, marital and otherwise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The Gift leans on variety to express its love of blackness, yet a singular voice proves just as affecting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Feelings all goes down easily, but Ronson’s own creative DNA remains a mystery. This isn’t his manifesto; it’s a mixtape.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    With 7, there’s too little conviction to tell if a full project is something Lil Nas X wants to do. At best, there’s a set of half-considered songs. At worse, you’re left wondering why anyone fussed over Blink-182’s Enema of the State in the first place. ... It's not the work of a star, but a timid upstart. [5 Jul 2019, p.42]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Placing intricately detailed portraiture on massive musical backdrops has been a Springsteen trademark for years, of course, and Western Stars continues this legacy, transforming the enormous into the intimate. [14/21 Jun 2019, p.104]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    She still has a lot to say on Madame X’s 15 tracks. ... But its global sounds and millennial guest stars, including rappers Quavo and Swae Lee, can feel more like obligatory flag-planting than organic evolution. As an artist, Madonna owes nothing to some ageist, retrograde idea of what she’s allowed to be; if only Madame felt like a more compelling rebuttal to all that.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album's introspection paired with its urgent energy make Cage The Elephant sound more passionate than ever. [3/10 May 2019, p.95]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As with most Pink albums, the song-to-song shifts result in some misfires. ... But those missteps are raised up by the solid material that surrounds it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album's mix of tropical vibes and experimental hooks give LSD a pleasant, lush, varied landscape of tones and tempos.