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 Lay It Down
Lowest review score: 10 The Raven
Score distribution:
1,314 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.