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 The ArchAndroid
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1,311 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This quintet of musicians are making a name for themselves and with Hospice, they have remarkably made one of 2009’s best albums.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend's penchant for throwing an occasional obscure reference into their work doesn't change the fact that Contra is an obvious early contender for one of 2010's best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’ve always been able to create music to pair with this feeling of nostalgia but Beach House has somewhat, in a way, perfected their dream pop with Teen Dream, an album that flows like the beach and cascades with lush melodies, harmonies and fantastic gentleness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There Is Love in You comes off largely as an effortless work, content to just gently glow in its own hazy bliss.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best treat in any kind of music following is when a band who’s been dabbling in greatness for a while finally comes to the plate and smashes a home run over the fences.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It will be the simple fact that it’s as good as anything Albarn has ever done and for the Gorillaz, a fantastically tailored album from top to bottom.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn't anything remotely 'neat' about The Monitor. Instead, it's a rocking, joyful, epic beast of an album that rattles with energy and pulses with the heart of a raging bull.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, both are viscerally charged representations of what A Sufi and a Killer is: sincere and at times, bluntly honest, utterly captivating and exceptionally crafted, it’s a special album that will soon become, very simply, essential.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It suits them well that as musicians that have worked their entire career just to get noticed; for their newest album, I Learned the Hard Way, to be a beautiful representation of what real, honest and true soul music really is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, The Wild Hunt is anything but a disappointment; instead it's a smooth progression that departed exactly where he left off: it's still affecting with countless moments of brilliance, it still showcases a musician that is everything we could want in a songwriter and on a more contextual look, it's still a man making simply honest music with nothing in the way but his heart and soul.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s certainly going to be one of the most, if not the most, fresh sounding electronic albums of the year and it’s only going to get better as time passes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heaven is Whenever is not just a vast improvement from their last effort but it's also a fifth album from a band that still sounds surprisingly awesome and it's just another album for a detractor to listen to and hopefully, fall in love with--it's only a matter of time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ghosts of some of the greats are there for sure, but in the end, This Is Happening sounds like no one except LCD Soundsystem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not you love their music, Brothers represents a champion sound for the duo, one that covers all of their best strengths onto a terrific album; you can’t ask for a better present than that.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Please allow yourself to get lost in its sweeping scope of wonder because it is definitely sprawling. But mostly, we knew he’d be diverse, we just didn’t know it would be this good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Expo 86 is a brilliant reinforcement of what occurs when true chemistry exists in a band.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret Cities has an awesome album here. Every song is a standout, while keeping an inordinate amount of cohesiveness. Everybody should love it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All Delighted People is very succinctly, a superb masterwork from a musical genius--with plenty more greatness to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As one of music's most consistent bands, their ideas continue to surprise and astonish on Halcyon Digest's soaring highs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds come and go but the inspiration and wherewithal to realize your own goal in tone is paramount. Women seem to know exactly what they stand for and in presenting it they've entirely outdone themselves, again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She's advanced from before and turned in a mirror translation of music from her personal life. The swagger comes in the form of knowing your strengths and for Stern, she's put all of them on display with Marnie Stern.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This new EP is a terrific welcoming of fresh, new thriving music from one of electronic music's leading men.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the result of their impassioned musicianship and disciplined songwriting, this band has always had go-to credibility; with C'mon, they've raised the bar higher still.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it will inevitably be argued as to whether or not Tomboy is really a work of startling originality or perhaps just a long lost companion to Björk's Vespertine, it's hard to deny positing that we've got one of the best albums of 2011 finally in our hands.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sometimes the best albums are pieces of high art to be appreciated from afar. Others are treated like your favorite movies, invoking feelings of when and where you first experienced it. And yet others are treated like books that are so distinct in invoking another time or place that you are escape into them often and without fear. Canary is that kind of album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's diversity is certainly key and essential to its value but for some it might lie entirely in Pecknold's flawless voice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet with such a superb back catalog and a stellar new record to boot, the question now becomes how – or if – Okkervil River will be able to top itself the next time around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bon Iver sounds distinctively matured and alive on Bon Iver: an album that even still, in the late winter, months after its release sounds magical.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Metals Feist combines the sublime magic of her voice with songs that feature equally strong compositions to render an album that is easily one of the best of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eighteen years in the making, An Appointment With Mr Yates is The Waterboys actual masterpiece.