PopMatters' Scores

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  • Music
For 9,890 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Histoire de Melody Nelson
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9890 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that could very well be the crowning jewel in P.P. Arnold's lifetime of musical accomplishments.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    i,i hangs between surrealism and meaning in a way that's more frustrating than tantalizing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Infest the Rats' Nest their garage rock roots are almost imperceptible, as they commit so heartily to thrash metal and produce an album placed firmly at the top of its genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Often, personal grief can choke perspectives, limiting lamentation to inward battles. However, personal grief is always attached to broader consequences, and Animated Violence Mild is a project that confronts it all.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Inflorescent wears its heart on its sleeve in the hopes listeners find it as therapeutic as the band does. In a way, it adds to the album's charm.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Nicolay (and those horns) back in the fold, the Hold Steady can provide strong melodies even when Finn isn't singing. It makes for a fun listen, and it's one of the most entertaining albums I've heard in 2019.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jewell's music itself provides a way for us to sonically amble through the daily grind without being weighed down by it. We can all be gypsies for the length of a song, even when lamenting our restricted existence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is too easy to compare Lillie Mae to other alt-country crossover artists hence Other Girls' purpose is to demonstrate Lillie Mae's creative and musical ingenuity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album hits universal chords while specifically chronicling both the struggles and rewards of existing as an African American family in the 21st-century United States.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    King's Mouth seems perfectly happy to tread stylistic water, acting almost like a default Lips album, despite (or perhaps because of) the thematic ambitions at work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    She sounds set in her ways, reluctant to break free of the trends which made her and so many other acts of today famous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As the sophomore sequence of their second wind, it does enough differently to set itself apart from Weather Diaries while also existing as a logical continuation of that foundation. It may not be as significant or memorable as it could be at times, but it's certainly an enveloping journey as it plays.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not going to blow your mind, but it is unequivocally quality work by an extraordinarily skilled artist. Plus there's sax solos.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Regan is an excellent songwriter; a fact made evident throughout Cala as well as his fantastic past releases. The production work on this record has a distinct purpose, and every instrument and electronic element is used to maximum effect without sounding overbearing. Yet, there's a lightness to the album that, while immensely attractive to some listeners, could grow stale over time for others.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Roughly 80 minutes of sensory delight, an album that – like the film that inspired it – is both deeply enjoyable on a primal level as well as dense and rich enough to revisit over and over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether the subject is sex, love, equality or heartbreak, Any Human Friend offers up the perfect combination - lyrics to make you think and music to make you move.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The 11-song, one hour set is packed with all the hits from those classic first three records. However, as you would also assume for a band taking the stage well after midnight, the energy isn't always there for the entire set.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An album of odd stories, loose ends, beautiful turns of lyrical and musical phrase. We should be grateful for Mark Mulcahy, and for the persistent weirdness of The Gus.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Duck is an album by a mature band aware of what they and their fans want.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For someone so young, Clairo has a clear grasp of the conundrums faced by people the world over: the difficulty of asking for help in an age that sees such requests as a weakness. Her aural apathy allows her to gain her listeners' trust and respect, because nothing conveys control, and therefore power, quite like a cool exterior. But, once roped in, said listeners then face the forthright lyrics that reveal Clairo as someone without all the answers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hayter's already dynamic aesthetic. Her thoughtful amalgam of opera, neoclassical darkwave, and death industrial continues to produce theatrical yet still intimate pieces. But above all, Hayter's uncompromised voice tells a necessary story that contests the dominant narratives of women's trauma. Her vivid, brutal portrayal of the enduring effects of misogyny and domestic abuse strictly reveals the gruesome realities of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Recorded in only two days, the unit plays tight yet carefree bringing an airiness to the songs. This is a true feel-good country record that should generate repeated play. Childers is the real deal; the joy and grit in these songs are pure hill country.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fever Dream is a very good album. ... The problem with Fever Dream isn't exactly that it sounds so different from its predecessors. It's that Of Monsters and Men have lost some of their uniqueness and quality in the process.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anima seems by some distance to be Yorke's strongest solo work, and its musical content is oddly and paradoxically invigorating, in contrast to its persistently anomic lyrics. This dynamic is a key component of what makes the album succeed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The absence of instrumentation and arrangements beyond Ryder-Jones's lyrics and piano makes Yawny Yawn noticeably different from the original versions of the album's tracks. This is distinctive in offering a new listening experience focused on a direct and consistent style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The composition is equal parts playful, deathly serious, aggressively melodic and just plain aggressive. ... With his forays into indie rock, folk, jazz and both small and large-scale classical music, Bryce Dessner may be the 21st century's Renaissance Man. El Chan makes a strong case for that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If there is a downside to the record, it would be the lack of diversity in song style. The experiments and adventure are in Jackson's lyrics while the music tends to have a sameness throughout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Established fans of Spoon aren't going to get too much fresh out of Everything Hits at Once, but if the tracklisting looks appealing, then it's worth a listen. "No Bullets Spent" is worth a spin on its own. As for new listeners, this is a very good overview of the band.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Angel's Pulse is reminiscent of soup. A thick soup. A lot of these tracks feel directionless, monotonous, or like scraps. But still, there's something that makes you want to enter them. They're a bunch of staccato dreams you have during a fitful nap. You can't sleep for days. You find yourself in the haze.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    He shows he can incorporate all of his signature elements into a traditional pop song structure without having to compromise the core, distinctive elements that make him such an innovative and intriguing artist.