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 Asleep In The Back
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1372 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album’s majestic brilliance reveals itself through subtle perfections that appear with repeated listens.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is music to celebrate life with and to joyously fashion because it's certainly amazing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even eleven years after their breakthrough success, their music still sounds as fresh and exciting as ever; we are truly lucky.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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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    Yeezus is the complete affirmation of an artist willing to try new endeavors and wholeheartedly nail it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This record is a composite of everything that is good about modern music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stunning achievement and the first exceptionally great album of 2006.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is a really special record.
    • 82 Metascore
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    May be the perfect pop album.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.