Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,311 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% 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 Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Lowest review score: 10 The Raven
Score distribution:
1,311 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Faking the Books is one of the best albums to come out so far this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What sets The Real New Fall LP apart, however, is the consistency of its greatness. Every Fall album has had a bum track or two since 1984, but this new record really doesn’t.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of his melodies are so easily memorable they make The Thrills sound like Rammstein.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those without a stomach for a little humor in their music will surely thumb their noses, but for everyone else, this is essential listening: a whip-smart band of originals, living with death, throwing coconuts at the rest of us from greener pastures.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great beauty of the record, though, is how repeated listenings peel back once-unheard layers, how Phillips’ voice develops a deeper resonance with each spin, and how the deceptive simplicity of the recording gradually fades to reveal carefully scripted movements and moments.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A melancholy masterpiece.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may be the kind of album that turns on a new generation of fans to the beauty of folk music, while approaching it from a modern perspective.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a certain magic at work here, one you don’t hear often, and one that belongs to true artists alone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Real Gone is incredible because of its songs, some of which stand among Waits' finest work.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rich, rewarding showcase for a woman whose voice, spirit, and energy have not faded.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredible record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A coherent, moving album that cements its place in listeners conscience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great album from a fantastic band.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most engaging and thrilling pop statements of 2004.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrongly cast as a chicken-fried version The Strokes after 2003’s stellar Youth & Young Manhood, on their latest, Aha Shake Heartbreak, The Kings prove that they’re a band of significant depth and originality.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s easily one of the best pieces of work of both participants’ careers and a mark of the incredible talent both possess.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A far better album than it has any right to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hot Fuss is a multi-faceted, consistently interesting and enjoyable synth-rock album with strengths across the songwriting, singing, and playing fields.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Antics is a very strong record that is home to a number of truly incredible songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weaving together themes like mortality, the universality of mankind, and the cyclical eternality of life and not having it all come out as a pretentious mess of self-important prognosticating and vaguely simplistic truisms places Elvrum in the rarified air that few outside of Brian Wilson have ever attempted to reach.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the band’s finest releases and arguably the most comprehensive statement to date on just where the musicians were coming from, the roads they took to get where they ended up, and even possibly where they were headed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A career-defining work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gonzalez bathes us in a sound so big and enveloping that it’s impossible not to bask in its powerful, optimistic glow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you get one psych album this year, make it Valende.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Genre mash-ups this ambitious aren’t easy to come by; albums that accomplish that goal with the effortless grace of Eggs are even rarer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically imaginative, robustly performed, and drawn from a golden well of warmth and intelligence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Government Commissions is a must-have for any Mogwai fan, as the live version of “Like Herod” alone is worth the price of the full CD.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not prog rock. It’s not punk rock. It’s not emo. It’s not indie. It’s just music, and it will incinerate your mind if you let it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous pop album that deals maturely with a wide range of emotions and ideas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that could easily be mistaken by record geeks as a 60s underground lost-classic... like maybe Quicksilver Messenger Service’s first album.