Delusions of Adequacy's Scores

  • Music
For 1,368 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 Burst Apart
Lowest review score: 10 Zeitgeist
Score distribution:
1368 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Brokeback And The Black Rock reveals itself as a flawed yet still sporadically rewarding long-player.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Whilst Songs and Other Things may still attract loyal aficionados of Verlaine’s idiosyncratic solo work, it’s certainly unlikely to win over any sceptics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Through all of the missteps along the way, Face Control is a good album that with some more attention and ingenuity could have been so much better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Drums Between the Bells is by no means an embarrassment, but don't look for it to be lumped into the upper echelon of Eno's output either, where triumphs like Discreet Music or Another Green World reside.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Roadkillovercoat, though possessing several arresting and infinitely entertaining moments, lacks the overall effect and a certain cohesion to render it an instant classic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Clouds and Silver Linings is, obviously, a mixed bag from Dream Theater. Fans like myself will enjoy it, but again, you can’t deny how familiar it all feels.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Packing both studio polish and meandering melodies makes for a largely safe yet inconvenient marriage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's hard not to listen to this album and to think that they've mined this territory already in 69 Love Songs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, there is sufficient sun-kissed pleasure on Varshons to extend the patience of Evan Dando-devotees a little bit longer but not enough to surpass past makeover masterstrokes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The way that Howling Bells constructed Radio Wars relies on strong melodies, hooks, songs, songs that aren’t really there, ideas not quite developed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These songs sound more like parts of songs that have been extracted from something bigger and more fully realized.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nightcrawler stretches Yorn’s limits as an artist and crosses the line in a few places.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall Snowflake Midnight isn’t quite the disaster that the disillusioned might have expected.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Each track is filled with indelible melodies and hooks sure to have you keeping time with your leg or tapping your toes. But with music like this, singing along is the ultimate litmus test, and unfortunately the non-descriptness of the vocals leaves this album lacking a bit of personality and memorability.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is a solid amount of quirkiness to realize and I Was A King surely have a knack for turning out strong songs but maybe next time a 'less equals more' approach would be more fitting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Daedelus is a master at what he does, and what he does is different than virtually everything else around him, but he’s playing a little too close to the vest here, trading much of his style for a little more beat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The indulgences and overreaching take away from the really good songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there's certainly something to be said for BestCoast's paeans to the utopian side of life near the Pacific, the subtle shifts in Cosentino's songwriting are best experienced when the rays of sunshine are muted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sad thing about Waves are Universal is that there are many songs that just don't cut it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Four long players into their career, you can't help but wonder if Interpol is just trying too hard to recapture some of that Turn On the Bright Lights magic. Either that, or the creative juices have been stifled by a rough turn of events.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When the band operates under more traditional songwriting styles they can be quite catchy, but the more wandering, abstract moments can sometimes wander a little too far into non-structured noise.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Polysics have certainly come into the peak of their sound with Now is the Time, the mindless intensity of the album can be a tad overwhelming.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The guitars and drums machines and electronic selections are a bit unlistenable. There are some redeeming qualities, however, with a solid groove-ridden guitar fashion show with "I'll Sue You" and an eccentric but extremely tasteful European guitar ballad in "Lisbon".
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a live album, Out West is a fair one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the overall melange approach being a little uneven, there are some genuine delights to be found within.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Violet Cries, one of the more anticipated debut albums of the year, isn't a let down, but it's a difficult album to get a grasp on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're an old, die-hard Kings Of Leon fan Come Around Sundown will upset you. Keep what you love about this band close to your heart and ignore this album, you'll thank yourself in the end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from its title track, most of Kings and Queens of the Underground sounds a lot like primetime 80s Idol, untouched by the ravages of time, lifestyle, changes in musical fashions or anything else.