Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,372 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Yeezus
Lowest review score: 10 Scab Dates
Score distribution:
1372 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
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    A decidedly mixed bag that offers many captivating songs but not a consistently high-quality artistic statement.
    • 71 Metascore
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    There are a number of ear-worthy gems on the album but it’s difficult to muster up enthusiasm for a band that doesn’t seemingly have much enthusiasm themselves.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Roadkillovercoat, though possessing several arresting and infinitely entertaining moments, lacks the overall effect and a certain cohesion to render it an instant classic.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Although annoyingly inconsistent, Infiniheart contains enough interesting tunes with odd arrangements and instrumentation to convince us that Chad Van Gaalen is a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and is capable of producing engaging, lo-fi, ambient pop.
    • 70 Metascore
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    While tuneful and solid, [In Time To Voices] is not as spectacularly primal as their initial offering Box Of Secrets.
    • 62 Metascore
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    The album feels like a grab-bag of the band’s process, but not a cohesive expression of their craft.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Drums Between the Bells is by no means an embarrassment, but don't look for it to be lumped into the upper echelon of Eno's output either, where triumphs like Discreet Music or Another Green World reside.
    • 72 Metascore
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    There are nine tracks of somewhat forgettable spacey-psych 70's songs that are packed with confusion from start to finish. It sounds as if the band skipped a few pages, assuming that their immediate debut success would carry over with the risks they took for this one.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Is this a "mature" album? Probably. But I can't help thinking that without Nina Persson's beautiful voice, Gravity just wouldn't have garnered a whole lot of attention.
    • 74 Metascore
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    The question then arises whether this double album is “necessary” in the overall scheme of Sigur Ros’s work.... When listening to Hvarf, the answer is decidedly “yes” for sustaining their known output, but on the Heim side of things, with its stripped down, string-focused, acoustic sound, the answer leans towards “no”.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Two
    It is both a timid musical experiment and a relatively directionless one at that.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A shock in the uttermost worst way because Wale has suffered from the over-production, guest-crammed, lack-of-ideas style that usually follows with a major label release.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Lo-fi recording and lackluster production force the songs to rely on the comforting characteristics of the understated indie-twee-folk, of which there are too little to make it real appealing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are some genuinely good songs on this album. But good bands make music that their listeners don't have to really try to enjoy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The indulgences and overreaching take away from the really good songs.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Yeah, they're good at what they do, but what they do is just not that palatable.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Arthur & Yu's inconsistently brewed blend of neo-psychedelic indie-folk is definitely an acquired taste and the home-recorded, lo-fi production along with uninspired songwriting renders In Camera incapable of being a worthwhile investment of your listening time.
    • 62 Metascore
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    The Thrills still have more musical verve than many other second-album victims, but too much of this album seems as if The Thrills have wearied of their own sunny musical dispositions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the band’s annoying lyrics, their beats can be catchy and they have a kick-ass bass player.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Horses in the Sky has some melodic, attractive moments, though these are drowned by yelps and off-key vocals that grate and stain the whole work.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Whilst Songs and Other Things may still attract loyal aficionados of Verlaine’s idiosyncratic solo work, it’s certainly unlikely to win over any sceptics.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Alas, it feels like In the Absence of Truth finds the band both spinning its wheels and running out of ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately one great number can't save the whole act.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Even the better tracks fall a little flat.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Based on the simple songwriting and the nauseating lyrical content, This Addiction is sad, and to the die-hard Alkaline Trio fans such as myself, it will greatly disappoint.
    • 70 Metascore
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    “Something Hyper” and “Xian Undertaker” are exceptional and worth hearing. However, the rest of the album provides very little payoff.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The songs here seldom rise above the level of being really cute.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When the band operates under more traditional songwriting styles they can be quite catchy, but the more wandering, abstract moments can sometimes wander a little too far into non-structured noise.