Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,323 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 28% 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 Yeezus
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1,323 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is an ambitious effort, and it could very well leave your brain hurting by the time all of the songs have wrapped themselves around you, because there is so much going on and so much to digest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A transitional yet still solid standalone long-player in short.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything is here: melody, harmony, great lyrics, smart instrumentation and pure emotion. It’s book ended by two of the best songs of the year and everything in between is music gold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hadreas is one of the strongest songwriters we've seen develop this year, and Learning puts that on display beautifully.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overgrown continues to build on a fantastic reputation: one that much like his music is aided by layer and layer of calculated additions that all together showcases one of music’s most gifted composers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Silence Yourself is eleven songs of balanced, well-constructed rock music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Springsteen does more than just an adequate job; it’s difficult not to get swept along by the infectious energy of his performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The National seems to have settled into a fine balance between the hungover brooding of Leonard Cohen and the more mellifluous tendencies of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The compositions, the choice of songs, the sequencing, his spoken word--the entire package--is a firm reminder of the immense talent Antony is; Cut the World remains another worthy release to take hold of.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The listener gets acoustic ballads, guitar-driven rock exercises, poppy refrains, and jazz-inflected asides in a single package, and at no point does it really feel that the Scottish quartet is overextending itself or sacrificing the vitality of its work for the ability to slap the name of another sonic digression on the board.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the mere manufacture of unique sounds isn’t enough to rescue them on La Forêt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although this record reeks of Matador Records looking to score capital off Fucked Up, it’s not a bad way to go. Couple Tracks would be great for someone who wants the Fucked Up experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a lot of moments that gently wash away, against the pushing drive of the other songs on the album. Segall mostly attempts to create different spaces of time and is able to make many of them work to his direct advantage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As much as one would assume that times have changed, Vile is able to supplement his strengths with newfound diversity and very simply, delivers a formidable sophomore album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an era when few can truly be said to be following their own unique aesthetic, Sixteen Horsepower continue to pad their resume as one of America’s greatest reinterpretors of the American folk tradition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A dark, moody, hypnotic monumental masterpiece with songs that unfold subtlety from one elaborate texture to the next so that you almost don't notice the marvelous hooks until they have dug their way beneath your skin and buried themselves in your soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing much is different with their latest triumph, It’s Blitz!, a sprawling, eclectic set of dazzling new music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Condors, is a restless, richly-detailed amalgam of intricate, glitchy electronic ambience, guitar reverberations that range from gently acoustic to furiously rockin', and ethereal to keening female vocals that recall Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Nicole Barille of mr. Gnome, and Bjork.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the record Pulp could/should have made as a sequel to the seminal Different Class.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Post-Nothing is an album that deserves listens and that will definitely gather support with this re-issue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May be his most mature, fully realized offering to date, though not necessarily his most thrilling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything on Lay it Down is gorgeous, memorable and absolutely stunning.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be as enigmatic as Silent Shout but if nothing else, it is a fantastic album on its own accord.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    AM
    In the end AM not only signifies a career-defining moment that neatly places the band on a proper pedestal for all to admire--this is where not only Arctic Monkeys have come but in many ways, how they’ve masterfully conquered and continue to simply win.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both more deeply melodic and somehow more resigned and melancholy than his previous albums, White’s latest may just be his best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beats on The Mouse and the Mask are remarkably consistent, satisfactorily complex, and surprisingly subtle.