Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,333 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 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Cosmogramma
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1,333 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem is the songs. Oh, the songs - they're pretty, all right, but there's no substance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some of Log 22 feels like a step too far, with the band's ambitious arrangements falling foul to the limitations of their musical abilities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As half of the fun of an album is trying to figure out what the artist is trying to do creatively, having the artist essentially tell you what they're going to do and then watching them do it, is somewhat less interesting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem is, Parton seems hesitant to just go ahead and continue to make the kinds of albums that will attract hardcore folk and roots enthusiasts, instead tempering her material with apparent attempts to hold appeal to a wider audience. So, at best, the final results are a bit mixed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The songs themselves aren’t as outstanding as they could be, and it sure doesn’t help that the production choices give them less of the overwhelming energy that the Pharmacists are known for.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When Le Tigre ventures out on an extended wire in a familiar direction with tunes like "On the Verge," "Nanny Nanny Boo Boo," and "After Dark," the ensemble proves that this long-awaited follow-up to Feminist Sweepstakes was not in vain.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Revival is a good album, and I don’t intend to imply that some of the slower tunes or more laid-back lyrics are simple throwaways, it’s just that this is definitely a change of direction for a band that has followed a relatively clear path for such a long time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While individual songs work on their own, the album seldom succeeds as a whole.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Byrne fans will probably already own this, and probably should, if for no other reason than the final two tracks. Casual fans who haven’t seen the movie will probably be put off by 13 mostly homogeneous tracks of soundtrack fare. Without an emotional attachment to either Byrne or the movie, that’s simply too much for even a solid album like this to overcome.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, this is better left to die-hard Yo La fans and jealous bassists everywhere.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bee Hives is a mostly instrumental album that heavily favors the fuzzy keyboard tones and heavy reverb of the band’s early work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s the sheen and almost reflexive attentiveness to commercial accessibility that’s placed on a good handful of the songs that can make them sometimes fail or falter or seem weaker than they truly are.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sad truth is that few of the songs top their studio counterparts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although most of the songs are good individually, the record is fairly monochromatic, and it can get a bit tiresome listening to it from start to finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite Fortune’s several throwaway tracks and sometimes generic alt-country feel, it serves as a reminder that The Mendoza Line’s prolific songwriters are still capable of churning out catchy, accessible pop songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sad thing about Waves are Universal is that there are many songs that just don't cut it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In effect, the group have carbon-copied the sound of The Great Eastern but neglected to paste-in an equal number of tunes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Alternating between sounding like a gremlin and sounding like a baby, the vocals don't so much haunt as distract.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nothing here is horrible, but nothing here is great.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, what could have been yet another cash-cow milker actually turns out to be a curious and compelling piece of therapy for Frank Black as a writer and performer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With repetitive, though bizarrely catchy refrains of failed puppy love and crushes gone awry, Kiss and Tell markets itself to an audience that still borrows money from mom in order to purchase the release.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid has enough substantive quirks amongst the tiresome new-wave signposts to make this album a reasonable yet flawed artefact that is more than just the sum of its quaint parts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The majority of the record is solid and enjoyable, but taken in its entirely, Riot is a bit tiring.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For every standout track on the record there is another song where Sparta takes a step back to assess the situation and falters a little bit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too much of the edge is gone, too much emphasis is placed on guitar solos, and the guitars sound, at times, rather flat and listless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the songs on Power are quite impressive, and a good number are excellent, but there are some songs that were probably better left in the studio.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A simple exercise in bright, energetic--if somewhat vapid--pop music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I’m Wide Awake is an uneven product, full of everything there is to loathe and love about Oberst.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A solid collection of delicate songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Manzanita is an uneven album that nonetheless reveals a great talent and a terrific voice.