Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,311 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 Stay Positive
Lowest review score: 10 The Raven
Score distribution:
1,311 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
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    Catchy yet intense guitarwork, intricate rhythms, soft and hard moments, and layers of Shehan's amazing voice - it all combines to create one amazing album.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Simply put, you need to own this record.
    • 82 Metascore
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    May be the perfect pop album.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Magnolia Electric Company is a watershed album, an artistic breakthrough, and the first album to fully realize Molina's potential.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It’s no mystery that the band’s most focused, intelligible, and pop-oriented record is also its best.
    • 78 Metascore
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    A brave, commanding, astonishing LP that shatters all notions of what modern rock music can, or for that matter, should be.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This record is a composite of everything that is good about modern music.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Confident, daring, regal, and altogether incredible, Bows & Arrows knows its bounds and casually out-steps them; simply put, it is the best record released this year.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Like no other pop album you've ever heard.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 78 Metascore
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    The focus may be tighter and the refinement may be a little more obvious, but such things don't hold the band back on Antenna; rather they further the progress that has been showing itself with every Cave In release.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Brother is to Son is a genuine pop triumph, the perfect execution of conceptual complexity and musical audacity, tied together with the timeless expression of one man measuring the motions of his soul.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is a really special record.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The Meadowlands is absolutely essential.
    • 67 Metascore
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    All Harm Ends Here is undoubtedly the band's defining release, a true gem of understated songwriting and melancholy rock.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Innovative as it is satisfying.... It’s hard to imagine a more realized meld of hip-hop, electronica, and post-rock.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The album is ambitious as it is daring, and it's the most refreshing piece of new music released thus far into 2005.
    • 79 Metascore
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    A stunning achievement and the first exceptionally great album of 2006.
    • 76 Metascore
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    You will not be able to tear yourself away from this album. This is no daringly outrageous, Kid A-esque “progressive” music that nobody really enjoys listening to. This is rock 'n roll.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 87 Metascore
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    His careful attention to detail and masterful use of vocal harmonies are unparalleled in modern indie rock.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It’s a remarkable debut by a tremendous quartet. Not only does it have the raw emotion, but also the intense, glorious musicianship, absorbing hooks and grandiose arrangements to leave you utterly breathless, drained and wanting more.
    • 86 Metascore
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    To be succinct and frank, Boxer is superb. Not only did The National create a startling, astonishing work of genius but they also crafted an album that is one beautiful piece of art.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    This album is not only the band’s most solid and consummate release to date, not merely one of the most veritable albums 2007 has delivered to us--but also, truly, one of the top albums in the past five years of indie rock history.
    • 76 Metascore
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    The album is packed with impressive musicianship, a great attention to detail, melodic lines backed with beautiful harmonies and countless powerful moments.
    • 83 Metascore
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    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.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It’s seamless in its construction, poetic in its songwriting and moving in its aesthetic impression.
    • 81 Metascore
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    The music married to these wonderful lyrics is touching, gorgeous and stunning and there is no doubt in my mind that Atlas Sound has created, arguably, the best album of the year.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Destroyer has clearly picked up where it left off and the music on this eleven song album is utterly exceptional.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is a winner in so many different ways; the music is impeccable, the sequencing is seamless, the production inhales and exhales life and the overall sound is killer.
    • 68 Metascore
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    This is a matured and musical hip-hop duo and whether it is the fine contributions by Tom Waits and Tunde Adebimpe on separate songs, Ant’s soulful and majestic music, or Slug’s illustrious and poignant story-telling; it’s all superb.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Once the blissful excitement of 'Brain Burner' closes the album you will realize that with Nouns, No Age have not only delivered an intense blend of experimental/noise/ambient rock but they have very clearly delivered, arguably, the best album of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Everything on Lay it Down is gorgeous, memorable and absolutely stunning.
    • 87 Metascore
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    With their self-titled debut, Fleet Foxes have attained this and have delivered one of the best albums of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
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    The eleven original songs all sound distinctively unique and yet, uniquely familiar all the same. And even when Oldham covers a song, he is able to make it sound like one of his own.
    • 85 Metascore
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    With Rook they have fashioned an album that is melodic, tender, outstanding but above all, captivating. One thing is for sure, this is one of the best albums of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Stay Positive is a true testament that good music will always prevail. One can only hope that a band like this will continue to make music for years and years to come because we desperately need it.
    • 78 Metascore
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    The album’s majestic brilliance reveals itself through subtle perfections that appear with repeated listens.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Remember those old days when everything was perfect, when you were happy and all was right in your world, The Stand Ins achieves this.
    • 82 Metascore
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    The Renaissance is arguably, the best hip-hop album of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Even eleven years after their breakthrough success, their music still sounds as fresh and exciting as ever; we are truly lucky.
    • 75 Metascore
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    It’s with his latest masterpiece, 808s & Heartbreak, that he has demonstrated, with impeccable skill, that he is supreme, yet again.
    • 89 Metascore
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    What’s more important is that Merriweather Post Pavilion is not just one of the finest things you’re going to hear in 2009 but that it should sit well next to albums like Kid A on lists of the best music made in our time.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 82 Metascore
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    He’s resonating some true beauty here; entirely lost in his nostalgic feelings and openly retrospective about where he has been, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle is absolutely beautiful.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Jay has stepped through the mirror to the other side to bring us Slow Dance, and he has triumphed like the best pop idols, engaging our imagination while being simultaneously cool and strange, tender and tough, arty and poppy, traditional and innovative.
    • 81 Metascore
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    With engaging songwriting, creative instrumentation and melodically special music, not only is Actor everything we imagined it would be but Clark has redefined the definition of pop music.
    • 85 Metascore
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    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this album and on the contrary, Grizzly Bear has clearly made the year’s best album.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The xx have made a debut that sounds utterly flawless; it's the kind of album that bands take years to create.
    • 81 Metascore
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    All in all, for The Clientele this is another great album in what’s getting to be a long line of great albums.
    • 78 Metascore
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    I’m New Here is an outstanding album and one of beauty and substance and for the first time in fifteen years, Scott-Heron is back.
    • 83 Metascore
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    I think it’s safe to say that Weber is putting his strengths into fine use and, with Black Noise, it’s utterly fantastic.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Flying Lotus has made the strongest album to date with his amazing collection of sounds, beats and instruments; as good as you felt after hearing the sheer brilliance of "Los Angeles."
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Through the different flavors of ice cream on here, The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III remains a proudly boastful album. It should be discussed by a lot of people and the love it's receiving is no fluke either: this is a skillfully talented artist.
    • 74 Metascore
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    At the root of all good music is a dying cause to tell a good story and Future Islands take that kind of attitude to heart with In Evening Air; there is nothing dismissible, or close to it, on here.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Whatever it is, The Suburbs is nothing short of extraordinary; it's Arcade Fire's moment of clarity where everyone can stop and take notice because in the most frank of terms, this is also nothing short of a masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
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    After all those years that people remarked and possibly, tried to shut him out, Stevens has returned with what just might be the best music he has ever crafted.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Like every other album, there are the trademarks we've all come to grow and love from the band and by the end of this, all of the most loving adjectives one could shower on an album will be spread all over The King of Limbs.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It's best to purely take in the dissimilarity of this exceptional new album in contrast to Hospice--it's downright astonishing on its very own.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The attention to detail Bevin is known for sounds invitingly open on Kindred and the ending fruition is a thrilling success.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Absolutely stunning... One HUGE startling success.
    • 79 Metascore
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    This is music to celebrate life with and to joyously fashion because it's certainly amazing.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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
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    Yeezus is the complete affirmation of an artist willing to try new endeavors and wholeheartedly nail it.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Where the Aislers Set really create a distinction between themselves and their contemporaries is through the unpredictably imaginative arrangements, bolstered by Linton's truly enigmatic melodic sense.
    • 76 Metascore
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    It won't blow you away the first time, but it eventually will.
    • 71 Metascore
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    A New Day at Midnight is not White Ladder part 2, but it does bear certain similarities, namely emotional, beautiful music matched with equally beautiful lyrics, and, of course David Gray's unmistakable voice.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    A strong early contender for Record of the Year.
    • 70 Metascore
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    A consistently heady and visceral shot of classic Mudhoney: angry, fuzzy guitars, propulsive rhythms, and sarcastically-jaded lyrics.
    • 75 Metascore
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    A lush post-rock masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 70 Metascore
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    A phenomenal noise record.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Everybody Loves a Happy Ending is a polychromatic, sweeping collection of gorgeous guitar-pop gems, a clever and harmonious amusement park filled with fun rides listeners will want to board over and over.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Though it is not overtly innovative in its instrumentation or approach, The Creek Drank the Cradle is composed and performed with such an inclusive, intimate voice that the album is extremely accessible, even personal.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Rounds is a perfect mix of subdued chill-out music and up-tempo beats.
    • 81 Metascore
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    A work like this is only self-indulgent if its accoutrements aren't justifiable. Wilco makes every note count on this album: however miraculously, it all manages to cohere. And the songs are undeniably stunning.
    • 73 Metascore
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    While it may still fall short of the high-water mark established with Clarity, Jimmy Eat World’s latest is still a strong contender for the best album of 2004.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Honestly, there is no precedent for this album.
    • 92 Metascore
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    A follow-up album that not only meets expectations, it blows them away.
    • 73 Metascore
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    This is certainly my favorite British release of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Not only the best Album Leaf album to date but one of the best albums of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
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    You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine is the kind of “feelings” album that fans of noise-rock or hardcore can listen to without fear of being soft. For the rest of us, it’s an indulgence of our more dramatic emotions.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It’s symphonic, seductive, resolute, yearning.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Seriously fucked-up and seriously stunning.
    • 66 Metascore
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    A crisp, clean, and undeniably beautiful work.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The best complete work the band has offered to date.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Given the potency of their debut, British Sea Power’s Decline can safely be interpreted as a marvelous exercise in self-deprecation.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Summer Sun stretches Yo La Tengo's musical boundaries even further than before, as well as reaching back to tie-up loose ends from past master works.
    • 74 Metascore
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    The band merrily rips through song after song with skill and zeal, all the while cheekily brandishing a wit that's equal parts irony and earnestness.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Lift Your Skinny Fists… told a story, included more extremes in volume and emotion, and added vocal samples. Yanqui, thus, is more subtle, more restrained. Yet it's also more moody, more cerebral, more intense.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Ten
    It’s so intriguing that I continually find myself tuning and listening to it over and over again.
    • 78 Metascore
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    A vital, winning album.
    • 68 Metascore
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    The music is consistently fresh, fascinating, and evocative... the band’s best album to date.
    • 75 Metascore
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    This album includes boasts a brilliant storyteller, amazing music, and, most important, beautifully delivered lyrics.