Music Article

Critical Mass

Here's how a sampling of music critics from across the country grade 10 current releases.

Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head CAPITOL

B ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times B GREG KOT Chicago Tribune A EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today B EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald B SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY B+ CRITICS' AVERAGE

Dixie Chicks, Home OPEN WIDE/COLUMBIA

B+ [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B- [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] A- [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] A- [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] A [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B+ [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Missy Elliott, Under Construction ELEKTRA

B+ [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] A- [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] A [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B+ [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Jay-Z, The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse DEF JAM

B [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B- [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] B+ [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B+ [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] C+ [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B- [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Avril Lavigne, Let Go ARISTA

B- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] C [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] B [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B- [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B- [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Santana, Shaman ARISTA

B- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B- [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] -- [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B- [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B- [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Sum 41, Does This Look Infected? ISLAND

C [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] C+ [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] -- [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] C [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B- [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Justin Timberlake, Justified JIVE

C- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B- [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] C [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] C [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] C+ [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Shania Twain, Up! MERCURY

B- [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] C [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] C [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] C+ [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] B- [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] A [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B- [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Various Artists, 8 Mile soundtrack INTERSCOPE

B [ROBERT HILBURN Los Angeles Times] B- [GREG KOT Chicago Tribune] B+ [EDNA GUNDERSEN USA Today] A- [EVELYN MCDONNELL The Miami Herald] C+ [SONIA MURRAY The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] B- [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] B [CRITICS' AVERAGE]

Originally posted Jan 03, 2003 Published in issue #689 Jan 03, 2003 Order article reprints