The Skinny's Scores

  • Music
For 736 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 My Woman
Lowest review score: 20 Heartworms
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 736
736 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This release isn't going to be for everyone (trading a harder sound for radio-rock seems to divide fans more often than not), especially with a band of 40-somethings attempting to make widely accessible rock tunes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the work of an artist who's been honing his craft for some time now, and is perfectly primed for his moment in the spotlight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only downside to the album is that it is so easy to listen to, we are carried almost unaware to The End, the final track in a collection of well-thought-out and well-curated tunes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Act One: Music For Inanimate Objects is certainly a good album, but sometimes it feels like the only thing linking all the songs together is their slower tempo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While there are certainly some decent enough ideas to be enjoyed here, this is ultimately a rather flat listen that doesn't challenge anywhere near enough as it appears to intend to; a real wasted opportunity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Love Hates achieves a mature tone, complemented perfectly by Roberts' gruff vocals and Hoorn's velvety melodies. Arguably, it's Hoorn’s increased presence on the record that lends this new air of grace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This album seeks to ask questions, to entertain and to create. While the destination may be nebulous, Deerhunter know that the enjoyment lies within the journey. The slow, crumbling decline of civilisation has rarely sounded so good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bazan’s wit and compassion shine throughout a dark voyage such as this; as one witness to a brutal suicide turns to black humour, while another, in contrast, valiantly tries to retain their emotional openness in a job that often requires distance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chock-full of gluey basslines and gleaming synths, Outer Peace is very much a dance record and it’s pure ecstasy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many of Sharon Van Etten’s fans may be disappointed by the lack of sadness and darkness on Remind Me Tomorrow, and while there are still elements of both in the album’s undertones, there’s more of a hopefulness and sense of promise that suits her just as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is still the band we fell in love with over a decade ago: confessional, honest, enthralling. It's just that this time out they're sleeker and sharper than before.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The palette can feel restrictive, and the lyrical matter predictable. It’s a stepping stone, a moment of reconciliation and recollection from a talent who is just about to surge ahead.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Tell Me is probably at its peak when it leans further towards these pacey, pop-infused moments. However, the handful of tracks that stray into ballad territory are still often striking--not simply due to the musical intricacies that lie within them but because Hayes' vocals evoke strength and tenderness in equal measure, giving them some real emotional weight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although Cogan delivers engaging and empathetic lyrics on growing up, changing relationships and even environmentalism, the album has a rather homogenous pace. Despite this, it’s hard not to at least be momentarily charmed by Tallies' nostalgic trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her zephyr-like voice acts as a guide through her mind, gentle yet assured, and the tone of her delivery illustrates the grey intricacies that shade her world: past, present and future.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. is a pleasantly nostalgic, brief album--half of which is sensational and the other is painstakingly poor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    December is a difficult month for many ('The countdown's started / It’s a hollow toll for the heavy hearted') and these songs are likely to resonate with those feeling adrift. How comforting they are, despite the lack of 'wise men and virgins', is an additional triumph.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His final statement cuts a broad swathe, taking in soul, pop and psychedelia across its 11 ambitious tracks. ... A fine songwriter has bid goodnight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Across its concise 42 minutes they move from shimmering electronics, and sounds akin to techno, to more ambient waves, with each mood laid across a foundation of intricate, textured layers of sound that seem to continually reveal themselves over repeated listens. Blink and you could easily miss a detail, but Selling will keep drawing you back to discover all of their secrets.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The title track of Van the Man's 40th (!) studio album, the slow jam is a brilliant blues number based on rolling Rhodes keyboards, fat horns, thin cymbal splashes and a vocal with such clarity, concision and quality that it will stop you in your tracks. Yep, that good. The rest? Well, you've seen this movie before: blues, jazz and soul standards delivered with minimum fuss and maximum quality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all its bodily closeness, Camila Fuchs hold back on scratching and pinching when they should.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Far from a superfluous 'for fans only' reissue, this five-track record (which has been beautifully mastered from the original analogue tape) is a little piece of gothic rock history that should sit proudly in the record collection of any fan of The Cure, Joy Divison, Siouxsie and the Banshees et al.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's so much going on in this record, but it's far from a case of throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is a considered, ambitious album from a band who are constantly pushing themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These are songs for the faithful and the uninitiated; universal yet strikingly intimate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth is warm and intimate, offering a moment of reflection and introspection.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Goldblum doesn’t bring nearly enough of his own unique persona to the performance; his band is competent without making any particularly interesting choices, and the only memorable moment comes from Sarah Silverman’s affable guest appearance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not quite Hertz’s most dazzling work, but another string to the bow for one of electronic music’s most intriguing artists.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Syrian Plains will get heads banging, while John is more likely to lead the dancing--and is the most joyful track on this generally bleak, occasionally repetitive album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ex-Coral songwriter is unafraid to experiment on Yawn, and--aside from a few songs that lose a little of their immediacy due to similar tempos and an abundance of shoegaze guitar--the likes of Mither ('Is that your key in the door / Nothing else would mean more') showcase Ryder-Jones as one of the most distinctive, comforting and essential voices we have.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main shift on this album in comparison to previous work, and you feel that Wind Resistance has emboldened her to do this on record, is spoken word and storytelling.