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 Lie Down In The Light
Lowest review score: 10 Scab Dates
Score distribution:
1,311 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it definitely is more static and sustain, you really need to turn this up, put down whatever else you're doing, and connect with it in the moment, as this is very present music. It feels like a refined version of his past esthetics, and is more intense for the limitations he has decided to work under.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The eighteen tracks and eighty minutes presented here don't hold a candle to 2008′s The Chemistry of Common Life but I truly admire the tenacity of this outfit to push on toward such a lofty venture.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BLACKsummers'night is however, an impressive return to form. This is undeniably enthralling music: masterful, captivating and marvelous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Rook they have fashioned an album that is melodic, tender, outstanding but above all, captivating. One thing is for sure, this is one of the best albums of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stellar production yields rich sounds assailed with raw emotions. These tracks are fully developed. No doubt, the vocals may grate on critics, but there are a lot of reasons to like this split. Especially Envy. Enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I’m Wide Awake is an uneven product, full of everything there is to loathe and love about Oberst.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is consistently strong from start to finish with enough outstanding material to vault it into classic status right next to "Dummy."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a debut album, this is extremely strong.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkably consistent and almost infinitely enjoyable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stay Positive is a true testament that good music will always prevail. One can only hope that a band like this will continue to make music for years and years to come because we desperately need it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bleach showed instances of promise and a few songs went on to become some of the best they ever wrote, but in comparison, it pales to the band’s later work. So take it all in stride because Bleach is surely for fanatics but certainly not for everyone.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magnolia Electric Company is a watershed album, an artistic breakthrough, and the first album to fully realize Molina's potential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is truly an album that will stay with you once you’ve let it work its way in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although The Lost Tape might lack some consistency in places and the live material might have been better served on a separate collection, overall this is a richly rewarding treasure trove for the ever increasing number of Can fanatics across the globe to hunt down immediately and devour.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If Edan can sort out the dismayingly schizophrenic nature of Beauty and the Beat, he could harness his immense potential as both a rapper and lyricist and create something pretty cool, especially if he gets guest-MCs who perform as well as Insight, Percee P, and Mr. Lif do on this album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twin Cinema is another great pop album from the New Pornographers, a release that's crammed with so many memorable melodies that the bumpier moments fade into the background.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the Stars is an album that can be appreciated on a purely musical level and a meditative level.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Smother isn't as suffocating as perhaps it should be, it's still an interesting venture for Wild Beasts to have taken and definitely, a worthy follow-up to Two Dancers. And so while there isn't anything as wildly inventive as maybe "Hooting & Howling" anywhere to be found, there is a great deal of lingering new sounds to get lost in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this album and on the contrary, Grizzly Bear has clearly made the year’s best album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quarantine The Past: The Best of Pavement comes after a decade of constant re-releases, bonus discs and live albums, so it shouldn’t surprise that it comes off as a final, all-encompassing victory lap. Luckily the tracks chosen reach deep enough to make it at the very least a respectable ‘best of’ compilation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately Bitte Orca is definitely a pleasing follow-up; it just isn't necessarily the supreme breakthrough many had hoped for.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, the album’s rather limited scope is justified by the masterful detail with which it is rendered, granting the listener limited entry to a place most of us wouldn’t want to stay long.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As if the Lips' perfect mix of pop and psychedelia wasn't enough, they write songs that are not only excellent but distinct as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Almost everything that YLT can do - and largely do so well - is here, alongside a sizeable smattering of new tricks and treats.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While most of the songs on Crimes stand out as being extremely well written musically and lyrically, the production needs an extra mention for being flawless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Minus the instrumentals (eight), tracks featuring guest stars (three), and songs whose only redeeming quality is their cool title (at least five, including "Son of a Bitch," "I’m Going to Stop Pretending I Didn’t Break Your Heart," and "Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb"), you’re really only left with a handful of bonafide Eels tunes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Meadowlands is absolutely essential.