PopMatters' Scores

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For 9,946 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 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 0 Travistan
Score distribution:
9946 music reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Avetts have been doing this for too long and are too accomplished as songwriters to make an album that's a total dud. The good stuff on Closer Than Together is really quite excellent. But when the balance is just a bit more good material than mediocre (or worse) material, you start to question the production choices involved.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    LφVE & EVφL offers wild and wonderful immersion, but once you're in it, you're on your own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Embracing their grungier influences, Deceiver marks a significant departure from DIIV's previously established brand of shoegaze. Tonally, the album may come to be seen as an outlier or turning point in the band's sound, but will certainly be held up as a solid addition to their discography.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether he's putting his stamp on a standard or plowing through his own material, Bill Orcutt cuts an impressive, lyrical figure, and one that is hard to ignore.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blossoms works tremendously well as a bold sonic experiment and even a proof of concept for whatever madness Empyset is attempting. As long as they keep feeding different sounds into their system, plenty of oddly engaging weirdness will emerge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The presence of a handful of genuinely hooky songs doesn't mean the record is an easy, fun listen. But people who are on Lightning Bolt's exceedingly loud, chaotic vibe should find plenty to like here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    uknowhatimsayin¿ isn't Danny Brown's most anything, but it's the least a lot of things: least intense, least avant-garde, least worried about the world around it. And when we're talking about an MC for whom more is better, it's easy to feel like we've lost something essential.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moments of collaborative, unbound expressions help expand James' personal narrative further, contextualizing the majorly instrumental album with personal stories and intersectional theories.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hello Exile is the Menzingers' most thematically heavy and emotionally weightiest album, as well as their boldest and most self-assured.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are largely unedited, and this sometimes does not work in its favor. But thankfully, this is seldom the case.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Abbey Road Anniversary Super Deluxe proves they were a cohesive unit through to the end. Their work once again sounds fresh and experimental yet always in the pocket of the melody. We can hear that the Beatles were eager to work together one more time to pour more musical flavors into their magic elixir.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Metronomy Forever has a welcomed freshness, with much of the album representing the band's best material from their latest few albums.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hot Motion feels like a safe bet for a band too at ease with their music. If their music is to remain fresh, Temples must develop or expand their approach to songwriting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For all their experimentalism, Fly Pan Am are ultimately derivative in a way that doesn't bring much new to the palette. ... Somewhere, Fly Pan Am fans are doubtless thrilled the band got back together and picking up right where they left off. Everyone else would be better off going straight to the source.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is head music in more ways than one, and listening to The Practice of Love is just as enjoyable as making sense of it once it's over. I'm still far from the bottom of this thing, but the journey there is something I look forward to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Together ["You Are My Destiny" and "Pressure Danger"], they round out an album that, even at its least remarkable, ably demonstrates the Juan MacLean's skill with dance beats. It's hard not to feel a little disappointed after the unmitigated triumph of In a Dream. But The Brighter the Light makes for an easy enough sampler of the duo's work outside the aforementioned opus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If not for the superior variety and scope of Pale Communion, In Cauda Venenum would absolutely be Opeth's best album in a decade. Like most great records, it takes a few deep listens to appreciate fully, but the reward is easily worth the investment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It offers a myriad of listening pleasures on the surface, and the further one digs into its contents, the more one can find to enjoy until one concludes that the journey of discovery is its sole purpose. That may be a common trope, but rarely is it achieved so delightfully.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the pain expressed, or maybe because of it, this is a fun record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All My Heroes Are Cornballs is not only angry but also gracious, humble, worried, and self-conscious. In other words, it is human.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mez Sanders' vocals aren't very melodic, and neither are Mick Sanders' guitars. But they are a compelling band regardless, and the rock-solid rhythm section is a pleasurable listen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What remains are a few fleeting moments of quiet beauty, and they do not appear often enough, nor are they substantial for an album of this length.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Book of Traps and Lessons is sharp as Tempest's lyrics position her as a soothsayer. Through her album, she inspires a call for consciousness that will certainly incite radical social and personal change.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When We Are Inhuman is a fabulous album. It will reward and enrich fans and casual listeners of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, murder ballads, and contemporary classical music and that is some achievement. It will also open the door into the world of Julius Eastman and may afford him some long overdue recognition.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Why Me? Why Not. is not the swaggering, confident album you might expect. Rather, there is a vulnerability and a sense of humility to go with the polished songcraft. While the musical influences are pretty standard Liam Gallagher fare these are surprisingly accomplished, memorable songs. The lasting, overall impression is of Gallagher discovering a belief in himself as an artist rather than simply as a singer in a rock 'n' roll band.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wolf imposed some restrictions and added something new as well. Ironically though, it's reminiscent of where he came from as well, a little more shapeless and a lot more inspired.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Compared to the previous compilations' sense of liberation, Charli sounds at odds with its some of its invested players and parts: the label, the fans, and Charli the artist. ... When its gears click, Charli glides.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like any other juvenile, Adult Baby boasts the areas in which it could grow further, such as sharper lyrical flows or maybe mixing up the instrumental homogeny. There's only so many times you can hear a snare and cymbal conclude a movement. Yet growing up means making a few mistakes, and to her credit, Mikano leans into every single one to learn something from it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically, it is an often breathtaking listen as she straddles various genres with consummate ease. It serves as a dazzling celebration of her cultural and musical heritage that will resonate for years to come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cameron's third album, Miami Memory, is still some kind of monster, but it has drawn in its teeth and is laughing with the family.