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 S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1372 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Manzanita is an uneven album that nonetheless reveals a great talent and a terrific voice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall then, Whatever, My Love is a mixed affair. Die-hard lovers of Become What You Are will have few real complaints but might perhaps overdose a touch on déjà vu. For the less pre-devoted, a cherry-picked yet economically-unviable EP selection from the album might have served this reunion better artistically.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are a number of ear-worthy gems on the album but it’s difficult to muster up enthusiasm for a band that doesn’t seemingly have much enthusiasm themselves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A decidedly mixed bag that offers many captivating songs but not a consistently high-quality artistic statement.
    • 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
    These initial songs are noteworthy by any measure; the remainder of the album, then, is a bit of a let-down, especially on first listen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nothing here is horrible, but nothing here is great.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Surprisingly enough, it lacks a strong sense of focus (something the creative basking of Sea Lion honed in on) and for all of its elements of sweeping grandiosity, they never seem to have much of a purpose.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bardo Pond is not necessarily Avant-garde, but neither is it easy listening. It does however, defy categorization and perhaps with a little less unguided frenzy and a little more tempered structure would allow this reviewer to recommend it.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mountains had found a way to work in an area which was unexplored and undefined, successfully fashioning their own esthetic. This new direction is taking Mountains away from that specialness and closer to the average.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sea of Cowards, for all its snarkiness and caustic overtones, is ultimately a fun record, but it’s likely the band had way more fun playing it than I did listening to it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Alas, it feels like In the Absence of Truth finds the band both spinning its wheels and running out of ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately one great number can't save the whole act.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If each track is taken on its own merits, it's apparent that these girls have real talent and there is some creative indie rock here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While tuneful and solid, [In Time To Voices] is not as spectacularly primal as their initial offering Box Of Secrets.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The North continues to show off their skill and while nothing earth-shattering will be found here, it's something to fully bask in.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Evangelicals certainly have the potential to push through and make amazing music--it’s just too much hit and miss here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Based on the simple songwriting and the nauseating lyrical content, This Addiction is sad, and to the die-hard Alkaline Trio fans such as myself, it will greatly disappoint.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hippies is hardly song focused, the record's 16 tracks tend to mesh together into a blurry, tape-fueled haze--there aren't any obvious highlights here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    “Something Hyper” and “Xian Undertaker” are exceptional and worth hearing. However, the rest of the album provides very little payoff.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The album would be yet another trademark Strokes outing if not for its glaring inconsistency in the later tracks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Adamson is certainly adept at replicating the sights and sounds of the Bond and Blaxploitation films that inspired him in his youth. But is he celebrating his passion or merely mocking it in a hamfisted fashion? Sadly if feels like too much of the latter, even if it is by accident.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a few shining moments, the band seems like they've given up. Rather than pine over an album full of memorable hits, Damnesia falls short in many ways.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Folds' wit is less biting, but it's still present. And he's still got style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's hard to dislike this album because it is capably performed and the sounds and voices work up a dreamy headspace, but it's also difficult to be really enthusiastic about it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a multi-layered album constantly shifting in mood and sound offering the listener much to explore.... The band struggle, however, to distinguish themselves from their influences and constantly fall under the shadow of Can, Pink Floyd and The Flaming Lips.