Lost At Sea's Scores

  • Music
For 628 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Hospice
Lowest review score: 0 Testify
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 628
628 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Push Barman To Open Old Wounds is a rare species indeed; though all of the songs could be considered “hits,” the album avoids all of the tackiness associated with greatest hits collections.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Twin Cinema, The New Pornographers have elevated themselves from a band I really like to a band that I can't live without.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hospice sits squarely in this camp, a heartbreaking aural experience that hits us on a deeper level.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the rare cases of a best-of being an artist's definitive statement, it's not hard to explain that Fela's other albums simply couldn't have fit enough of them to qualify.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    there's nothing else like this band right now and possibly ever. The volume and power of late 90s rap metal without all the stupidity and endless chugalug. Vocals that not only sing sweet melodies but support them with harmonies that push and pull against the current of noise, only sassy and canny, like a My Bloody Valentine that's being marketed to pre-teens.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Sounds are given room to breathe and interact, room to develop detailed relationships with each other, and therein lies Abandoned Language's most compelling facet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Diehards will lob all the complaints about sequencing and omissions, but if we're being honest here, what this compilation isn't leaves no blemish on the quality of what it actually is.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The only thing the tracks have in common is the uncommon musicianship on display and the high-flying atmospherics that keep most of the album's mood adrift in the stratosphere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the finest pieces of pop music to drop this decade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Thunder, Lightning, Strike is simply amazing. It is filled with boundless, glorious noise, sewing together flamboyance, quirkiness, sturdy sampling, and a well-traveled feel that can take you anywhere you want to go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s weird, (but not annoyingly so), it’s catchy (but not annoyingly so), and it’s fresh (but not annoyingly so). Face the Truth is the work of a songwriter at his finest hour.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Interesting, unique, weird and inviting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the best albums of 2006.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dr. Octagon has once again put hip-hop under the knife and performed surgery on it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter finds namesake and frontman Ritter boldly claiming musical territory with a reinvented sound, turning from the meticulous arrangements and somber ruminations of his previous album to a more daring, moxie-charged approach that yields some of the freshest, most captivating songs of his career.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    They have blended the sensitivity of classical and the sensibility of rock into something far greater than post-rock.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Brighter Than Creation's Dark is a tour de force that easily earns its praise and rings out as classically as any classic rock album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether or not you choose to accept it, the FACT is that Scotland's own Hutchinson brothers have created a sweet and powerful collection of tunes with The Midnight Organ Fight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The album is a classic from start to finish, and only adds to the already monumentally impressive discography the band has produced in the past decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I'll Sleep When You're Dead is too smart, too relevant, and too dangerous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Every one of the eleven songs attached to Blacklight is a stunner in purely musical terms.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is one for the ages, an album that you will covet, listen to, and live by.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Throughout Merriweather Post Pavilion the band mixes instrumentation and samples and voices in a way that seems to be an advanced or accelerated development of past triumphs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This album's brilliance comes from the titanium-larynxed Tom Gabel's juxtaposition of the listener's jaded expectations of punk with too-direct-to-be-dishonest sentiments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Imperial Teen have again made one of the best records of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In far fewer listens than you'd expect, BiRd-BrAiNs sheds its outer shell of defensive harshness and becomes an easy, enjoyable and addictive listen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Neon Bible may be a bold departure from the beloved Funeral, but the divergence is as inspired as the music itself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I can't remember the last time a popular punk album sounded this simple, lean and ready to conquer anything in its path.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Liars is an ingenuous reflection of a band in total control of their wild creativity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Even with song subjects nicked from movies, the only false thing here is the title: Get Awkward my ass. It's extremely difficult to imagine these hyperdrive darlings as anything but fully adept.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Maybe the growth is only obvious to those who've been following, but that doesn't take away from the obvious upgrade of accessibility found here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Weighed and measured, Graduation is easily the best rap album this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Excluding the established Radiohead franchise from consideration of In Rainbows, it is still one of the most compelling recent releases, and should be considered for 2007's Album of the Year in any context.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Deerhunter have indeed created a masterpiece. While it's not perfect, it has the charm and scope and full realization that was lacking in the band's earlier work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Screw the band name, McBean is a temporal writer, and he channels his unique vision into equal parts regardless of his color-coded outfit. It's a bold and brash move that is working wonders thus far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As with songs like "The Orchids" and "Spider's House," the continued confidence in slow, sleepy numbers, hinting more towards the ambient side of experimental folk, like the devastating "Krill" or the aforementioned "Evidence" suggests that as Rutili ages, his music will only grow in accessibility, relying less and less on the clatter of his youth. Songs like "Gauze" used to be austere nuggets buried in the noise, but these days, the noisy abstractions are, for the most part, the odd-man out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Perhaps taking a cue from another seminal band, Talking Heads, The Suburbs is a more restrained, tempered affair. Yet the beat of their bleeding heart still remains...
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly his best and most credible album to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Great Destroyer is a masterpiece of emotional tumult.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps their best outing yet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Superwolf is collaboration in the truest sense of the word, and the talents of the two musicians involved feel revitalized and meaningful in ways that they may not have for some time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A genre-bowing indie masterpiece as gorgeous as anything released since Sigur Rós’ ( ).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ladd’s drive and focus throughout the entire album keeps the listener’s ear, as each moment is unexpected, even after multiple listens.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole of the album is stunning and unique, and if the thematic gender-bending core of the album makes a few people ideologically shy away, then it’s truly a shame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song here, on both discs, is interesting and amazingly well-crafted.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bar has been raised for 2005.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heart Like a River takes you on a journey, and does not leave until every sight is seen and pathway is walked.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like intelligent song writing with killer sing-along choruses, then you desperately need this album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a hell of a record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s amazing to see how the Decemberists have grown. The songs from their first EP, 5 Songs, seem like a man and an acoustic guitar, where Picaresque feels like a full blown orchestra.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Farina and MacKaye have created a delicate and beautiful masterpiece that transcends their punk and post-punk routes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Dialogue: a hip-hop classic? Maybe not, but pretty damn close.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the whole, The Sunlandic Twins makes almost everything else today seem diluted and stale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece that celebrates life, in all of its horrific, painful, magical and wondrous glory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sprawling tour de force... It overwhelms you with its brawny rhythms, its artful arrangements and foggy atmosphere, and its thrilling instrumentation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn’t just Almost Killed Me 2, it’s an exploration of what lies beyond that initial surface – and the truth ain’t pretty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darkness at Noon is the most exciting record to be put out this semester.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a roaring, well-executed good time, look no further: the Ponys are practically peerless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hart’s multiple layers of sound keep his unadventurous song structures from becoming trite; though Our Thickness is pure verse-chorus-verse-chorus fare with no flashy bridges or codas, it will still take months to dive into every piece of instrumentation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard not to stare in open-mouthed amazement at the sheer brilliance of Black Sheep Boy, though you're trying to clinically dissect all the elements that make it so.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah gets my pick for summertime album of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So much of Illinois feels magical, however, in much the same way as a large State Fair: there is commotion and wonder as the population is continually enchanted by progress, but to unknown purpose.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As accomplished as Black Cherry was, Supernature completes the suspected evolution from the quasi-avant-garde stylings of old to intelligent, sophisticated pop music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s apparent that this album was made with particular care, as most of John Vanderslice’s works are, but there are many cases where a more mature display of music appreciation is taken; previously, when met with such dogged emotional complexity, Vandersilce would rely on experimentation. Here, he stares straight on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It will, absolutely and deservedly, reside among the best of the year, but, when given space, can ruminate indefinitely in one’s consciousness and soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Constantly winning and resurging, not a moment of Apologies to the Queen Mary is lost to the chaos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone intrigued by Doom should adore this album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As well as being their most accessible, The Campfire Headphase emerges as the most solid Boards of Canada album to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Triumphant, bitter, despondent, but never false or insincere, The Last Romance is one of the early great listens of 2006.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Destroyer’s Rubies is every bit as marvelous as his landmark Streethawk: A Seduction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is proof that Campbell made the right decision in leaving Belle And Sebastian.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Archer and friends deserve praise for making an album so rooted in its locale so appealing to a wider audience due to the never-ending amount of catchy hooks and melodies on display on Stars Of CCTV.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This will most likely be the best hip-hop album of the year as well as a contender for best overall album of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drowaton is as close to an orchestral pop masterpiece as you’re going to get.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first must-listen record of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though he may not have the experience in years, he more than makes up for it in the way he crafts his songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The disc is a dense, cerebral, sweated-over work of art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dazzling collection of songs, Putting The Days To Bed cements Roderick's reputation as one of the best songwriters working today.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Operatic in scope, ruthlessly ambitious in its range, The Paper Chase have dropped one the most unique and substantive records of the year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really is pretty music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ys
    Listening to Ys is like dreaming with eyes open, a detached lucidity in which clarity inevitably follows.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its mind-blowing dynamics and wounded memories, bandaged up in affecting, mature lyrics that dissect relationships with a therapist's perspective, the wisdom of hindsight and an artist's touch, Let's Build A Fire is almost flawless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While they are not afraid to bang the drums and rock out, Menomena keep the majority of this album behind a beautiful mask of complimentary melodies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cleaned up, stripped down, and melding dance music seamlessly with post-punk, Sound Of Silver is as solid as a dance album can get.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there has clearly been a degree of evolution... none of Eluvium's previous effects are lost with his new offering; the music still winds its way through your mind, but at the same time it moves the soul as well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Memory Man will be one of the strongest efforts released in 2007.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Woke On A Whaleheart is a pleasure, and aside from the intro to the song "Footprints," every moment on this record is immensely listenable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm prepared to defend this as hip hop's frontrunner for best album of 2007 thus far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most exciting and substantial records so far this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the Flaming Lips mated with Marilyn Manson and ate Underworld for breakfast, the end result might sound something like Battles' debut album, Mirrored.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lambert promises on the album's stellar title track, and if that isn't a warning to all of Nashville, from a woman who has compiled one of the year's finest releases, it should be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's something captivating about the project, and you will find yourself returning to the album over and over again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is Is will especially appeal to fans who found "Show Your Bones" a little soft. On the other hand, this release should appeal to any and all Yeah Yeah Yeahs aficionados.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Dr. of Mathematics has one-upped it with Andorra, keeping all of the earlier album's core sonic qualities while adding layers of heartfelt atmospherics to craft what is not only one of the most mesmerizing and unique albums of the year, but also one of the best.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Created Disco is not only the title of Harris' full-length debut, it's also the title of a track on the album that threatens to depose Justice from their perch on high.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Listening to The Weakerthans makes me feel young and happy and hopeful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few bands have managed to blend so many divergent sounds and styles together to make such an interesting, great-sounding, and cohesive [key word] record as Evangelicals have with The Evening Descends.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Encapsulating everything that has come to pass since their debut with "Organix" in 1993, Rising Down is the best The Roots release to date, bar none.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far removed from the desolation I feel surrounded by, Land of Talk's first full-length album's sense of hope, grounded in realism, is at once reassuring and encouraging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole of the album is stunning and unique, and if the thematic gender-bending core of the album makes a few people ideologically shy away, then it's truly a shame.