Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,314 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 Meadowlands
Lowest review score: 10 The Raven
Score distribution:
1,314 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is truly magical on Silent Alarm is how it astutely grafts the accoutrements of wiry post-punk austerity to pop hooks fortified with soulful melodic intent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guero is Beck’s most enjoyable long-player because it doesn’t pretend to be more than what it is: a fun collection of disparate, delicious songs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Needle Was Traveling is that rare album filled with an electronic-acoustic amalgam that is ideal for day and night listening, which impacts the memory and the libido, and whose combination of lyrics and melodies is immediately catchy yet consistently prompts rediscovery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sunlandic Twins is a dizzying, exhilarating, and almost endlessly fun ride, breezy almost to a fault, romantic and lighthearted.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the material is at times uncomfortable and discomfiting, one can't help but be fascinated - and a little touched.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I bet that The Milk of Human Kindness will appear on my and others’ “best of 2005” lists.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is easily the band’s most accomplished, interesting record, a record that will simultaneously alienate stodgy diehard “fans” and attract a new group of listeners to the band.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone with a love for substantive indie pop that sounds fresh with each listen would be erring by not picking up this affecting, gorgeous album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent album graced by the kind of clever hooks, lines, and sinkers that color Malkmus’ best work, be it with Pavement or the Jicks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even at its most intense, Everything Ecstatic combines percussive aggression with warmth and vivid emotion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The easy, carefree atmosphere is extremely effective; the songs’ warmth of proximity makes each better than it would be if heard alone, resulting in an album that somehow transcends its simplicity and becomes something of remarkable beauty.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiply is not just the year’s most adventurous album, it’s one of its most melodic, soulful, and engaging as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When they began their self-titled debut, they were uncertain kids from Brooklyn making a record from all the music they had ever known. They’re leaving veterans of the game with obvious talent and colossal potential.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exhausting, enthralling, disorientating, celebratory, and contemplative, Sufjan Stevens has delivered another album that will keep us listening and educated till Christmas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the finest debut hip-hop album I’ve seen since Aesop Rock’s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough diversity amongst these 11 songs to showcase the band's unique talents.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkably consistent and almost infinitely enjoyable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feels like an honest treat for longtime fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Band of Horses is ethereal, otherworldly, and completely inimitable, and listening to Everything All the Time is, in the truest sense of the word, an experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghost is at the top of his game, both in terms of flow and lyrical luminosity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never has Aloha sounded so tight, so completely in control of its sound, so assured of that sound.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much as I loved Amore Del Tropico, The Spell comes across even more striking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sublime.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Melodic post-punk rarely sounds as beautiful, exciting, or emotionally connected as it does on Two Thousand.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While many electronic acts are trying their hand at folkier compositions and attempting to squeeze warmth from the digital realm, The Knife's Silent Shout opts for ice-cold distance. The record suffers nothing for it, instead coming out monolithic and beautiful.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliant new album Dark Light Daybreak sees Now It's Overhead mixing the smoldering and beautifully layered guitar sounds from 2001's self-titled debut with the haunting synth-pop beats from 2004's Fall Back Open and taking them a step further by including more intricate melodies, polished arrangements and even grander guitar-scapes.