The Line of Best Fit's Scores

  • Music
For 2,577 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Metal Box [Super Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 30 Xscape
Score distribution:
2577 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Brickbat is not an indulgent “supergroup” affair or a rehash of former glories (what would a Lush-Moose-Elastica-Modern English mashup even sound like?), it’s a chance alignment of classic alt-rock pedigree, on and of its own time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Homeshake widen their scope for their fourth record, Helium: a statement of identity. Homeshake’s sound on Helium captures the mood of our ears. hinting at zeitgeisty bedroon pop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    State of Ruin is as successful in embracing the genre's menace as it is subverting it, revelling in the fist-pounding and neck-snapping as much as dream-like and beatless. All in all, a solid debut.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Long term fans won’t learn anything new here, but a good Ladytron album is better than no Ladytron album, and seeing how they didn't even seem to exist a few years ago, this is something to be thankful for.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Triage is a spectrum of colour and abstract character, stained with a unique personality. Thanks to this approach, Triage is the finest work from Methyl Ethel yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ephyra is an intelligent release, one that grows on its listeners far more than initial investigations would should suggest. Such things can be a double-edged sword however, and Ephyra is also a fractured record, the potential of which feels somewhat stymied by its own belligerence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's everything you've ever loved about Guided By Voices, all smashed together in one record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is intelligent, knowingly silly music that should have no place in 2019. It’s anachronistic, beholden to its influences, and just a bit lightweight to be anything but a bit of a laugh. But, as this is 2019, and the real world is anything but a bit of a laugh, thank God for records like this. The world is in a dire condition, and International Teachers of Pop have given us a beautiful distraction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [An] intelligently-crafted album that repays repeated playing to appreciate its numerous qualities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At times reminiscent of the intricate indie on Doe’s excellent 2018 record Grow Into It, Allanic and co. working through their own peaks and troughs is what makes Rhinoceros so special. On this basis, their main point of differentiation is that they do it so well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Unfortunately Girl realistically functions as little more than a jumbled hodgepodge of colorless notions, and another notch on the wall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They find even more to dig up and use as coal for their runaway train. Imagine a rollercoaster that immediately starts on a death-defying drop, that you’re white-knuckling through with a chorus of cackles and joy, which swiftly takes you on a psychedelic mosey through a twisted fairytale tunnel - and that’s just the first three songs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s contradictory, assured yet tender. It’s delicate but strong. It’s sweet pop music wrapped in an unbreakable metal shell. It’s beautiful but vulgar. It is, frankly, much more than we could have ever hoped for from her.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seven Horses is an ambitious soundtrack experience which works perfectly and will leave you moved, inspired, cleansed and a little afraid.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a heavy record for heavy times, but another intriguing example of what the trio can achieve, even when they’re burdened with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With this record, he’s laid to down a marker, not just for 2019, but for the future of UK rap. It’s hard to think of a debut so confident in every musical aspect since J Hus’ Common Sense. Advice: consume daily for effective mood enhancement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Jessica Pratt’s already-absorbing sound has been made fuller and richer on Quiet Signs, there’s still a charming simplicity to it all. And what do they say about simplicity? There’s a certain beauty in it. Here it’s ethereal and exquisite, with a magic that weaves its way into your being and transforms the world around you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tip of the Sphere tackles generally what we’d expect it to--but with no disappointment, McCombs functions as a fail-safe narrator for our time. Within the LP’s musings, we as listeners look to him as he maintains a sense of worldliness and top-tier deftness as a songwriter and within those wonders and expectations, he invites us along as we get the chance to engage with his particular, introspective vision.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mould’s newfound optimism is nonetheless an interesting realignment from the revered artist.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If there’s any justice at all, the future ahead after the release of this deeply moving, often mesmerising, sparse yet still richly nuanced album will see Chapman conclude his much-overdue journey to wider renown from the shadows he’s operated in for far too long.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a number of beatless mood pieces ("Crush", "Keep Driving") which showcase a more restrained, cinematic style, but ultimately bring little to the table, especially when the non-committal, monosyllabic vocal ice of Jae Matthews is such a focal point. Overall, though, this record leaves quite the impression; if uneasy listening is your thing, Boy Harsher’s murky interpretation of dead disco will envelop you in its dark delights.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
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    It’s a tense work, a deeply troubling piece--it evokes, at least in terms of mood, noise-terrorists like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. It’s also a thrilling record, one that stands up to multiple listens, and with each listen it becomes easier to digest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a standalone document, this is a gem of an album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    hile Stuffed & Ready shares the glossy sheen (thanks to Carlos de la Garza, who returns for a second go-round as producer) and excellent songwriting of its predecessor, 2017’s Apocalipstick, the former is darker and more insular both musically and lyrically.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Sun Will Come Up opens as a consistent story, but it’s not one into which all of its components can sensibly fit. That’s not to say Nesbitt’s diverse adaptability is all bad, it’s simply that she shines brightest when committing to a style without sacrificing her individuality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In all Galipolli is the sound of one of our most talented musicians rediscovering his love for what he was born to do. It’s Zach Condon’s career highlight so far and shows that he's at his best when he enjoys making music and cares less about what critics and fans might think of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sophisticated and sombre, Carney knows how to evoke emotion with precision; on this record, she does so with extraordinary effect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The magic by which we were all spellbound in those early days remains, now augmented by a newfound range of diverse influences. Rogers writes anthems for the modern age, with all the paradoxical feelings of empowerment, anxiety, heartbreak and growth that that entails.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Almost Free is a FIDLAR album - brash, unhinged, wild, a tad nonsensical, but most of all, a testament to their nature.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it’s difficult to not fully engulf yourself in his ethos from the LP’s sit-in folk jam stylings to even crossing over into more celestial territory that finds itself throughout Goes West, Tyler’s dexterity in capturing emotion and conveying a story is rather significant under his instrumental hand – a gift that he’s always yielded, but likely now more than he ever has.