Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,351 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1351 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s obvious Adamson possesses some serious musical vision, but Stranger on the Sofa takes so many musical missteps and is so laughable lyrically, I have trouble recommending it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Noir... writes some really genuine, cheery, memorable songs, but it’s just too much to digest on one record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I admire the band's unorthodox approach to its music and its combination of disparate rock and non-rock elements.... That said, I will probably never be able to listen to this entire album in a single sitting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [Its] strongest songs more than compensate for the few lapses in songwriting found elsewhere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nightcrawler stretches Yorn’s limits as an artist and crosses the line in a few places.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With its restructured band lineup and multiple producers/locations, Fading Trails is unavoidably a somewhat dispirited and disjointed affair.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So while the subdued vocal harmonies and acoustic folk influences of 70s pop bands Chicago and America can be heard, there is enough intricately layered dream-pop floating around the fleshed-out orchestrations to keep indie-rock fans contented.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Upon first listen, some of Calamity, though fun, sounds like partial ideas rather than full-fledged songs. Some tracks never recover from this symptom after a dozen spins; some do.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jesse Sykes and company have fashioned an alternative country-rock album that is both decent and reflective.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Strangelet may not be Grant-Lee Phillips’ most stirring collection of songs, but it’s certainly no catastrophe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not that so many of these disparate sections sound bad--on the contrary, they're generally quite listenable and often feel like excellent mini-songs--but that they seem to willfully distract from a far more worthwhile mantle that Akron/Family are more than capable of taking up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A collection that’s muddled but peppered with gems.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Load Blown, superficially, is more of the same; sample some 30 second clips online or in your local record store and it's believable that this is a continuation of what they've been doing the past few albums. The entirety, however, exhibits otherwise, and isn't nearly as fulfilling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Evangelicals certainly have the potential to push through and make amazing music--it’s just too much hit and miss here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is just too much hit and miss on this album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Street Horrrsing is a solid if still flawed album full of enough cool moments to satisfy anyone who might be interested in checking it out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These songs sound more like parts of songs that have been extracted from something bigger and more fully realized.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, this is pretty good album and it is by no means horrible.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, though, there's a lack of memorability tarring this CD. Very few of the songs sound familiar even after repeated listenings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To sustain her muse beyond short-term thrill-seeking, a little more focus, restraint and better pacing is certainly required. That said, Acid Tongue is still-peppered with acts of greatness, which will no doubt grow further in stature through successive spins.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a release for anyone else, this would be a well received and respected release. But for Ben Folds, whose first two solo outings were both phenomenal, he simply hasn’t lived up to expectations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blue Lambency Downward is best played in the background of your day. When it becomes interesting (and it will many times), your ears will perk up and you’ll be impressed. For the slow and boring intervals in between, feel free to focus on something else.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall Snowflake Midnight isn’t quite the disaster that the disillusioned might have expected.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simply put, it's a decent album. There are a handful of great tracks and handful of tankers. The rest is just kind of there.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Barrett combines his best strengths to deliver one of the album’s few shining spots; it’s just a shame there aren’t more of them on here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Through all of the missteps along the way, Face Control is a good album that with some more attention and ingenuity could have been so much better.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Remind Me ... has the feel of two albums compressed into one, and a slightly more minimal approach to instrumentation would have given some of the slower numbers added gravitas.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, there is sufficient sun-kissed pleasure on Varshons to extend the patience of Evan Dando-devotees a little bit longer but not enough to surpass past makeover masterstrokes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hometowns may not be the amazing album some had hoped for but it is an honest debut on many levels: sometimes great, most of the time decent and a good while just being there.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Clouds and Silver Linings is, obviously, a mixed bag from Dream Theater. Fans like myself will enjoy it, but again, you can’t deny how familiar it all feels.