Clash Music's Scores

  • Music
For 2,143 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Quadrophenia [The Director's Cut]
Lowest review score: 10 Cardiology
Score distribution:
2143 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their astutely crafted synth-pop cements their place as Pet Shop Boys’ spiritual successors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lotic has pushed the envelope sonically, and compositionally, to create a brave and breathtaking view of gender in 2018 and, ultimately, what it means to be alive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album signifies a moment for UK jazz but more importantly this a moment for Kamaal Williams.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Scorpion might not be Drake’s most innovative work, but it does help to cement 40’s status as one of the best, and most consistent, producers of our generation, and sees Drake breaking ground commercially if not creatively.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Opener ‘Shock Out’ illustrates a playful approach that floats on the periphery of danger while ‘Slay’ sees her really flex her lyricism complete with a wavy flow. As is to be expected, The Bug’s production floats in the oxymoronic universe of heavy and atmospheric that is both haunting and devastating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    BDL Bipolar will give Narstie’s fanbase plenty to enjoy, and while the juxtaposition of staid instrumentals with subversive lyrics is jarring, he remains a gifted MC, worth hearing out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fletcher and Parkin have released an album that doesn’t fit into the confines of what an ‘alternative’ album should be in 2018. Instead they’ve crafted 11 songs that show off their love of retro sounds, an infectious joy for life, a good melody and a catchy chorus.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Endless Scroll is 14 snappy, spirited and occasionally incantatory songs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Serpentwithfeet teaches us to be ourselves, to endure and be happy and love each other, and it’s rare to hear these simple, well-known things being delivered with a power and strength that can transcend the medium of music itself, turning it into a pure magic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many may still see Vynehall as a specialist in euphoric house, but this album has a richness and depth that transcends the dancefloor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stripped back and unapologetic, Florence Welch’s fourth record as Florence + the Machine carries a sense of nakedness never seen before--it’s self-aware, remorseless, and raw.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This mature, experienced point of view on the nation’s favorite pastime is bound to rock clubs this summer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Free For All is a debut album from a producer continually finding new perspectives on your favourite sounds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While never quite holding together as a set, NIN continues to admirably cover new ground while doing what they do best, namely reflecting humanity’s worst impulses.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, this is a good album. While it has some magnificent moments, it doesn't quite come together enough to make a for a completely stellar ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If they’ve perfected the modern pop template associated with acts like SOPHIE (on production duties here) - and they have - it’s somehow not the most impressive element of the record. The second half of the album includes a pair of breathtaking epics, ‘Cool & Collected’ and ‘Donnie Darko’, that showcase a songwriting maturity well beyond their 18 and 19 years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That the ‘World’s Most Successful Virtual Band’ sounds like something you’ve probably seen on the YouTube sidebar is apt. Otherwise, it seems to be business as usual on another jubilant and solidly varied Gorillaz album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is an album that demands repeat listens, but this is fine, as with each listen we learn a little more of its secrets, but once they have been cracked Bon Voyage becomes something greater than its parts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album with soul jazz, spiritual jazz, jazz-funk, electro-soul and many more genre-busting approaches incorporated across 16 wondrous pieces, aspects of free rhythms nestling next to vintage seventies soul sounds, all evolved effortlessly for the 21st Century. ... You won’t hear another record like it this, or maybe any, year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Call The Comet doesn’t quite reach the heights it sets out to, as the execution on some tracks falls flat despite some interesting ideas. That being said, there are enough moments throughout the record to remind you that the Marr magic is alive and well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never boring, never dull, this is a glowing, fire-breathin’, thunder-clappin’ ghost train of a record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SOPHIE manages to incorporate the personal without detracting from what set her apart in the first place, and it makes for a record that’s as affecting as it is thrilling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a road record to soundtrack a hazy journey across the outback in search of a lost love, contemplating the world whilst swigging on a beer. Hope Downs is far from perfect, but it has charm in abundance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record that spirits the listener along at quite a pace, its already relatively concise thirty-five minutes stirring a melodic whirlwind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s fair to say Jordan has delivered an album worthy of its 90s indie antecedents, even surpassing some of these.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heavily weighty with fiery doom and gloom, Lauren Mayberry masters the art of colourfully abstract lyrics.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It seems The Aces have achieved their goal however, to escape the indie clichés attached to pop bands using guitars, and have created a fully-fledged pop scorcher.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record contains meticulous instrumental arrangements and clever storytelling. It is protest music without the cliché heavy rock sound and direct lyrics. Instead Maltese uses satire to place pity upon the world but mostly himself, all delivered with a wry grin and a sparkle in his eye.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While this might not be the most pivotal ‘sad pop’ record from someone who arguably coined the genre, it can stand toe-to-toe with the best of them and few albums have ever been as appropriately named as so sad so sexy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Lost & Found doesn’t feel like Jorja Smith’s magnum opus, it’s a brilliant first draft.