Neumu.net's Scores

  • Music
For 474 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Bavarian Fruit Bread
Lowest review score: 20 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 474
474 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Feels a little bit contrived, at times, an elaborate game of dress-ups unleashed under the unlikely title This Is for Real -- a claim which, if not deliberately ironic, sure seems the complete opposite of the fabricated fashion-conscious compilation-of-quotations that the album actually is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The problem with Warnings/Promises is the material: the band failed to bring enough good song ideas with them when they went into the studio.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Brings to mind an image of someone stuck on a treadmill who has been fooled into believing that he's actually moving forward.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Just another bloated arena show.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Alive to Every Smile finds TBS swanning through a set of soft-pop numbers giddy with the misty misery of melancholy and coated with the softest frostings of studio icing-sugar.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As forward-thinking as this sounds, it just kind of makes Gorillaz an Archies/Josie & The Pussycats for the new millennium. It also makes them and their album fit in with everyone else in the progressive hip-hop canon, all of whom see fit to make slightly ludicrous concept records.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A jangly collection of contagious pop tunes made melancholy by a dark songwriting style.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While previous records have consisted almost entirely of a simple guitar/vocals/drum-machine arrangement, this fourth longplayer finds different sonic deployments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The record maps for, and makes for, an unhurried listen, stringing between buttery grooves with an apparent smoker's-delight vibe; the set only goes up a notch when The Pharcyde step up to the microphone, their goofy, lithe lyricism upping the relaxed pulse for a pair of fine moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On their second proper longplayer, Air project that melancholy forward, depicting romantic recollections from a future world in which "technology" has attained sci-fi levels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Maladroit is the emo equivalent of '70s arena rock -- a bracingly cocky attitude that tag-teams with its partner, navel-gazing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Walking With Thee isn't a rehashing of last year's Internal Wrangler; it's actually an inferior version of it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This band's playing is so tight you wonder if the members aren't cogs in a machine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Lacking the startling mark of cool-hearted covermongers such as Cat Power and Mark Kozelek, this is still an easeful album of mostly slow-blooded tunes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only obvious goal seems to be shorter, more direct songs, delivered with more straightforward demeanor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Bobby Gillespie and company come up short here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's hard to figure out exactly why everybody is so excited about this record.... There is something there to like -- plenty, in fact. But it is also disjointed and sometimes maddening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    . Ditching some of the more Cali-like, pop-like and psych-like vestments of past longplayers, Argyle Heir finds the quartet-cum-sextet making the most medieval indie-rock this side of dungeon-dancing Helium honcho Mary Timony.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Coming up in the discothèque all disco/not-disco, Jackson's perspicacious hindsight gazes back to what was winning back in the day, now dragging it into the drag-and-drop to create pro-tooled playlist pop, its parts glued together into a seamless, shiny, mirroring whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The album's tone and tunes and imagery and such are all still on the same haunted-house/boat-of-the-dead kinda kick they've kicked out on their three previous, numerically-titled jams.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ancient Melodies of the Future sounds more like "vaguely familiar melodies of the past," but so do some of the best albums in rock.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Elastica throw out crackling melodies with little regard for the listener.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    One problem: Common is an MC, not a musician. Which makes it difficult for him to achieve his lofty goals. Mostly he fails.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An improvement over his lo-fi solo debut and his over-produced second disc, but it misses as often as it hits.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Attention to detail particularly benefits the lush and endearing "Good Fruit," the rare track wherein lovelorn earnestness replaces self-conscious repartee.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Pierce seems to have lost the magic that he once seemed in total command of.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While the pair probably had a lot of fun making the record, unfortunately, it isn't the most enjoyable listen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Rock Steady certainly isn't that good, and at times it's rather bad (usually when Ocasek gets a bit Cars). But it does have its moments, most of which come at the hands of [co-producer Nellee] Hooper...
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Surprisingly misguided and disjointed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's nice to see him seek stronger production; beatmeisters like RJD2 and Joey Chavez provide supple soundscapes for the Ace Man to rock over. But ol' reliable Acey kinda forgot what makes him one of the essential MCs of the last decade: ridiculous wordplay.