Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,308 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 Lay It Down
Lowest review score: 10 Scab Dates
Score distribution:
1,308 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are catchy, well written, anthemic, and fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So much of the music here — stripped-down mixtures of pop and punk, with a Big Star emphasis on the pop side — merits a listen or two, its forgiveable that you’d get some redundancy in this completists’ collection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's exceptionally crafted, it's gorgeously composed and it's remarkably rendered by a band that might just be the very best we have today.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Before Today is another fun Ariel Pink pop/rock record, more solidly constructed than any of his past efforts. Even more importantly, it’s also more joyously musical than most full-lengths that have been coming out in recent years, aware not of self and scene but only of the fact that music is fun and feels good.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've got enough going for them that they're likely to remain steadfast favorites of true music fans even after the hype has died down and the scenesters have moved on to something else.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This record is a composite of everything that is good about modern music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Kaputt is filled with light, sprightly textures, all pleasant and groovy, but the album still seems to lumber along with breezy but basic sequencer rhythms, indistinct melodies, and sax blowing similarly all the way through.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They’ve placed everything that’s superb about them and have delivered it ten-fold with Yonder is the Clock.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent album, perhaps not eclipsing the band's previous work, but at least firmly holding its ground.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The way the EP grows from song to song--with a seamless flow inherently added midway through creation--Silent Hour/Golden Mile never ceases to impress.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record is so far beyond anything that she has done in the past that it is absolutely certain to alienate the majority of the listening public and more than a few of her fans.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chesnutt has finally made an album that utilizes the full range offered by lush, fully adorned production to his advantage, accenting the strengths of his songwriting but never jockeying for position with his most distinctive traits.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, you need to own this record.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The National are such a powerfully gifted band, they need no theatrics to deliver an absolutely stone-cold beast of an album. With the music that is on here there is yet another thirteen songs to savor and salivate over until the next batch of songs comes about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Surely the power of Spoon’s miraculous songwriting skills are enough to keep the listener captivated, but the fact remains that the only surprise the album contains is the apparent lack of innovation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feels further confirms that not only does Animal Collective make music different from anything else that’s out there – these folks are also quite good at it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yeezus is the complete affirmation of an artist willing to try new endeavors and wholeheartedly nail it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is painfully short; a lean, black-tie rock album, and one of the year's best in a year full of great records.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a just an amazingly pretty and graceful album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Decemberists have always had a flair for the dramatic, but it's refined and realized more than ever on their amazing new album The Crane Wife.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It almost seems like the Flaming Lips has regressed a little, structurally and rhythmically speaking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The net result is a crisp, sometimes crunchy, and often lush collection of songs that show Kozelek at his best since... Songs for a Blue Guitar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Dark Days/Light Years, the Furries have once again proven their worth: splendid musicianship, experimentation at its most sensible meaning and those proven hooks are all on display here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything on Heavy Ghost is a work of pure genius; this is the music of your life and it’s the kind that needs to be rewarded in any possible way because truthfully, honestly, sincerely, it’s something endearingly special.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heard once, the record is breathtaking for its emotional qualities. Heard twice, it begins to sound more and more like a brilliantly crafted classical chamber piece, with themes holding each of the hymns up to the same illuminating light.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record is vast, playful, and most importantly, an absolute joy to listen to.