Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,320 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Yeezus
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1,320 music reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A crisp, clean, and undeniably beautiful work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best complete work the band has offered to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given the potency of their debut, British Sea Power’s Decline can safely be interpreted as a marvelous exercise in self-deprecation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Summer Sun stretches Yo La Tengo's musical boundaries even further than before, as well as reaching back to tie-up loose ends from past master works.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band merrily rips through song after song with skill and zeal, all the while cheekily brandishing a wit that's equal parts irony and earnestness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lift Your Skinny Fists… told a story, included more extremes in volume and emotion, and added vocal samples. Yanqui, thus, is more subtle, more restrained. Yet it's also more moody, more cerebral, more intense.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ten
    It’s so intriguing that I continually find myself tuning and listening to it over and over again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vital, winning album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music is consistently fresh, fascinating, and evocative... the band’s best album to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album includes boasts a brilliant storyteller, amazing music, and, most important, beautifully delivered lyrics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Milk Man is representative of just about everything the band does best: the melodies soar, bend, and crunch; the verse seems interminably driven by its own internal logic; and the band’s members still play with a near-telepathic singularity of thought.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Inches is not just a great concept; it’s a legitimately great rock record in most every facet, and it's Les Savy Fav’s best release outside of Rome (Written Upside Down).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most unique, inviting, and ultimately thrilling song cycles released this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arguably the best album in their career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best albums you'll hear in 2003.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m not sure what stands out the most about The Cover Up, whether it’s the tremendous production values or the clear confidence the band has with its music.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Educated Guess is an absolutely stunning creation, although it did take a few listens for me to begin to fully appreciate what I was hearing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a revelatory album for the Mountain Goats and the listeners; both Darnielle and the audience find new strength in his open vulnerability.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You still get the beautiful vocal combination of Sparhawk and Parker and the traditional less-is-more approach Low perfected several albums ago. Yet now you get a band that doesn't want to get stuck in the realm of slow-core, trying new things, redefining themselves. And it works beautifully on what is, undoubtedly, a triumph of an album.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With soaring, beautiful vocals, lush layering, intricate guitars and rhythm, and a flair for the dramatic, ...It Falls Apart is both powerful and lovely, at times dark and at times soaringly beautiful, and it is truly the band’s crowning achievement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With some guitar plucks and stuttering drums, the group is able to be more emotionally resonant and inspired than most other bands’ yelping front men can.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Built On Squares is a refreshing slice of musical Valhalla.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Secret Machines’ Now Here is Nowhere seamlessly fuses nine tracks and crafts a brilliant and sometimes trippy path colored with a tapestry of melodic motives and fragments of reverbed guitar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The poetry of pain is so strong, and mixed with superbly produced music that doesn’t take a nanosecond for granted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s hard not to like The Thermals, and Fuckin A, while maybe a bit less lo-fi than its predecessor, is a stellar album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs on Thickfreakness are all near masterpieces.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blue Cathedral's shifting textures and long, sub-orbital freak-outs signify no lull in purpose for the Comets on Fire. It does signify a step towards a maturation of sound for a band now with three releases under its belt - specifically, a perfect place to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most surprising, challenging, and important albums of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Will be among many year-end best-of lists, and deservingly so.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With absolutely perfect production, the end result is one that’s embracing, textured, warm, and still fun.