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 The Woods
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1372 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lisbon sounds like your typical Walkmen album. Laid-back and tempered at moments and jarringly stunning at other times, but never dull.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though Eye Contact represents another exhilarating turn from one of modern music's most enterprising groups, many people will likely be turned off by the sound of Bougatsos' helium shriek; that voice may be initially challenging to the ears, but those who arrive with the awareness that this isn't exactly the stuff of sing-along melodies, honeyed vocals, and verse/chorus/verse gratification will be pleased they stuck around.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As entertaining as it is, there remains a nagging notion that Grinderman 2 is ultimately another water-testing exercise to decide upon which seas Nick Cave will sail the full Bad Seeds line-up when it next reconvenes – now sadly minus Mick Harvey – in the studio.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great album from a fantastic band.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Mouse is back, just as polished and schizo as it ever was.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think it would be safe to say that while her latest release was noticed with excited anticipation, not many expected it to be quite this good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These seven pieces invite the listener into an engrossing experience, one that requires attention but in the end, Centralia is a moving album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With their trademark of talented musicianship, beautiful story-telling and unique brand of rock and roll, Drive-By Truckers are unmatched in every sense of the word. This is a remarkable album and one that is downright near perfect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Supergroup or not, Wild Flag hits all the right notes, and not much else matters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Caribou is still hitting the bull's-eye on a moving target is no surprise, but that he's done it with an emotional heft beyond what he seemed capable of in the past makes this album feel like a personal victory as well as a step forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shine a Light doesn’t defy genres; it defies poseurs. It isn’t fashionable; it’s a staple.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a bit of an acquired taste, but at record's end, you'll be extremely satisfied.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arguably [Cave's] most convincing collection of boisterousness and drama since 1994’s Let Love In.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now, with Love vs. Money, Nash has been able to not only add a worthy addition but if this isn’t the best album the genre has seen and heard in the past year, I don’t know what is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst overall Chatma may lack some of the rousing freshness that made its two predecessors such heartfelt pleasures, it still respectably sustains the Tamikrest soul in all its nomadic questing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I think it’s safe to say that Weber is putting his strengths into fine use and, with Black Noise, it’s utterly fantastic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While they undoubtedly keep their snarl and sneer (just look at that album cover), this is the cleanest and most melodic they have ever sounded. While those looking for cohesion may find this frustrating, it certainly makes Under Color of Official Right a dynamic and enthralling crossroad.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Dodos have shaped and formed a superb blend of intricate drumming, remarkable acoustic guitar and touching vocals--this is truly something exceptional.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scott-Heron's voice sounds just as prime as it did last year, except this time around Smith has adorned the versions with added beats, synths and keyboards for a fuller, richer sound.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Field Songs, in its utter simplicity, is perhaps Whitmore's finest effort to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His slick production and meticulous attention to detail show promise of future mastery, and stand as evidence of his uniqueness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Up is best digested as a whole rather than tune by tune.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great beauty of the record, though, is how repeated listenings peel back once-unheard layers, how Phillips’ voice develops a deeper resonance with each spin, and how the deceptive simplicity of the recording gradually fades to reveal carefully scripted movements and moments.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One could go on for hours about the qualities of each individual song, but it is the way they coalesce as a whole that makes Blood Mountain an incredible listen from start to finish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’ve always been able to create music to pair with this feeling of nostalgia but Beach House has somewhat, in a way, perfected their dream pop with Teen Dream, an album that flows like the beach and cascades with lush melodies, harmonies and fantastic gentleness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the only thing missing to complete the utterly charming and enveloping experience of I’m A Dreamer is being able to play it on a crackly gramophone with a shot of prohibition-era moonshine to sup on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So yeah, this album is pretty freakin’ good... but it’s not going to change your perspective on music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    East of Eden is a worldly sounding album that still maintains an intimately personal feel. Affectionate, intriguing and absorbing, Bergsman’s music is of the finest variety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the finest debut hip-hop album I’ve seen since Aesop Rock’s.