Rolling Stone's Scores

For 5,034 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Beatles [White Album] [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
5034 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is by turns audiobook, podcast, and live album, and at its most potent when it becomes a hybrid of the three.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Morrison’s latest is further proof that he’s still one of the most moving, unrivaled singers of his generation, but it’s hard not to wonder what would happen if he embraced his inner-mystic songwriting voice once more.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    His blend of garish Day-Glo net art and brawling homage to the glory years of DMX and Onyx may be a commercially effective millennial update of Rotten Apple thug rap. But aesthetically, his distinct lack of lyrical talent and annoyingly hyperactive presence often undermines the whole thing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On Blow., McCaslin and fellow Blackstar collaborators Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, Mark Guiliana and Ben Monder, among others, step boldly into hybrid, tough-to-classify musical terrain, grafting their trademark sleek, emotive electrojazz onto lush, proggy art rock. That the mix feels largely seamless owes a lot to guest singers and co-songwriters Ryan Dahle and Jeff Taylor--who lend their high, idiosyncratic voices to four and two tracks, respectively--and Gail Ann Dorsey.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some Rap Songs is the rare album by an immensely talented lyricist who deigns not to pull out any fireworks, opting to sink into the cushion’s of a therapist’s couch in the search for an honest work of art. It’s a delicate statement of restraint, and in this case the process shows more of the artist than ever before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 1975 take on that overwhelming anxiety with nerve and aplomb, and the result combines the fist-raising inspired by anthems with the gut-punch provided by precisely described longing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The ultimate result is an inspired release that hearkens back to the Roc-a-Fella days of the mid-Aughts, full of diaristic writing, song-cry beats and ridiculous skills.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The second disc’s first take of “Summertime” captures a brilliant performance that would have been a thing of legend if the band hadn’t fallen apart at the end. Other standouts include the foot-stomping “How Many Times Blues Jam,” an extended, wailing take on “I Need a Man to Love” and a charging, soulful take of “Combination of the Two.”
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If his longstanding difficulties and insecurities were always present just barely beneath the surface on Wilco’s classic records, they are starkly prominent and central to what is often a deeply moving new LP.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As with all great dance music, this set is more about the journey than the destination.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She seizes the role of pop auteur, venting with a jaded wit that feels totally fresh.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This collection (or any compilation for that matter) can’t come close to defining who Cornell truly was. He was multi-talented and a cipher; in some ways, he was impossible to know. But most of his truth appears to be in the music. The challenge is putting the puzzle pieces together.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Eden certainly doesn’t shy away from her unique, occasionally weird filth ... Though her naughty, audacious, sideways, silly lines keep her cutting a unique figure in the dour, depressive world of modern rap
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are plenty of moments where Oxnard clicks, like the chugging, bum-rush rhythm “Who R U?” ... Still, there are missed opportunities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On an album with 14 songs, there’s certainly some filler (see the sleepy “When You Leave”), but for the most part, Knopfler’s blues-roots blend, infused here with a fresh dose of jazz and funk) remains sturdy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She remains hard to categorize, refracting country alongside rock, folk, and other elements befitting a longtime resident of New York City’s melting pot. And her most beautiful work can lean into the abstract.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An honest album, full of truths and delivered as only she can.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Mums were much more likable back when they were pretending to be coal miners who churned their own butter. Compared to this stuff, that was a decent look.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are songs that have defined Oldham (“Ohio River Boat Song,” the Johnny Cash-certified “I See A Darkness”), deep catalog items (“So Far and Here We Are,” “The Way”), and of course, being the charming kook he is, some curveballs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rosalía’s new album, El Mal Querer, is less rigorous than its predecessor, though even easier to like. ... It’s also extremely effective.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately Imagine Dragons’ actual vision is one that is milquetoast, formulaic, nearly anonymous, free of any real lyrical insight. ... The one place where the Dragons themselves really shine is an outlier in their catalog: “Zero,” made for Ralph Breaks the Internet, is a giddy college rocker that does for the Cure, David Bowie and Jimmy Eat World what Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson did for Prince, Gap Band and Zapp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Save the few fire-breathing dragon moments of Lollapalooza-era churn, it’s the Smashing Pumpkins in name only, and that ice cream truck has long left the gas station.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s unpredictable and uneven but also strangely compelling and overwhelmingly Lynchian. It’s a whole new side to these two that you didn’t know you wanted.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The original album still sparkles, thanks to the remastering job, and the documentary is insightful (most of it came out previously as an episode of Classic Albums). But it’s the non-album material that makes the box set definitive.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The deluxe edition is an overwhelming portrait of one of the most pivotal moments in the lives of Metallica but also the metal genre as a whole, because the band would take the Justice template and streamline it to become megastars within just a few years.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To his credit, he owns every bit of it, and as confessionals, they’re so hooky and well-calibrated, they feel like absolutions even when they don’t sell themselves as such.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Most of Simulation Theory could be about our surveillance state and/or a relationship. The blurring results in clunkiness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On the whole Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 is a touching monument made with love. The death of Lil Peep marks an end of an era and COWYS, Pt. 2 is the type of record that moment deserved. Somehow, Peep’s estate, collaborators, and friends found a way to transmute love through the loss.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are 50 tracks of the work in progress--outtakes and sketches; roads not taken and songs left behind--across the summer and fall of 1968. But the Esher tapes are a profound record in themselves. There are rough lyrics and missing parts; Lennon’s “Glass Onion” is just one, repeated verse. But this is an unprecedented view of the Beatles at the ground zero of songwriting as well as the trials and conflict that charged that bounty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Each movement offers a unique interpretation of pagan fervor, making for something akin to a modern soundtrack to ancient rites.

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