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 Source Tags & Codes
Lowest review score: 20 Liz Phair
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 474
474 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't music about angst or ego, hooks or licks, or lyrics we've heard before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Idlewild are rapidly outgrowing their influences as they forge a unique identity that leads me to suspect that they may soon be inspiring a slew of like-minded new bands.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghosts of the Great Highway is one of those albums that you want to have around for when life gets you down.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Come Feel Me Tremble is a bit of a mess, like they stuck the disc on a wall and threw the songs at it.... But you could say the same thing for Hootenanny, and to me this captures a bit of the same magic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band doesn't quite manage to reconcile its mannered appropriation of a distanced, underground frigidity with its boisterous forays into abrasive, psych-tinged garage rock, but this is probably a good thing, because it's this resistance to homogeneity that gives them the sort of edge they'd otherwise lack.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Basic but gorgeously textured pop-rock with a country tinge, Rilo Kiley's music is led by vocals that'll stop you in your tracks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the movie who are attached to the film renditions have no cause for concern; none of the songs here are dramatic reworkings of the originals. But almost all of them pop with the same buoyancy and joy, demonstrating that the artists covering the songs are Hed-heads too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cex's production style favors an air of deep melancholy and foreboding, similar to the style of the Anticon Collective.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Written with some basic, inviting rock structures, the album replaces the hyper energy and angst of older material with slowed-down, complex textures and delicate grooves -- but still rocks out intermittently.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's basically more of the same sort of wistful, sometimes hard-charging melodic rock of the group's first and better release, Up the Bracket.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is intense, serious music for serious times, and writing off Sparta as the "other," less interesting half of their previous group would be a major mistake.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That unholy alliance of punk guitar and drum machine now shows off the organic contours of "real" band interaction -- check out how smoothly they funkify with one another on "Fake French."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best, if not the best, of the Brooklyn-based, Gang of Four-worshipping lot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Beachwood Sparks balance deft restraint with hot guitar licks, making Once We Were Trees the best Byrds album since Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Confield presents one of the purest approximations of "machine music" we've heard yet. It's profoundly unsettling, but that's half its beauty; it's a sonic Frankenstein that refuses to let its plug be pulled.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A shimmering set of utterly gorgeous songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that is both emotionally powerful and truly beautiful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not as dark, muscular or streamlined as the band's excellent, eponymously titled 2003 album, Flat-Pack Philosophy grows better and better with each listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes Quality worth it is exactly what dragged down Train of Thought -- the slow and syrupy songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a compelling debut/reunion, with the two men seeming to push each other far more than any of their recent collaborators have.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Super Furries have indulgently embraced a collision of musical elements; what we hear is a jarring, yet surprisingly seamless, mix of sounds and exceptional songwriting.... Their best work to date.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her rock-oriented approach here will please some, but such a genre-hopping exercise is only occasionally provocative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You could dismiss Teenage Fanclub as not being original, but that would be missing the point. Instead, appreciate a group that, in 2005, can create absolutely perfect songs that somehow manage to channel the magic of early-to-mid-'60s pop-rock.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than just a sick joke, Souljacker is a rocking, thought-provoking journey.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May well be the best of its seven studio albums, one that even approaches the heights of the stellar Singles Going Steady collection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You aren't free after all, because once you've let the album in, you may never shake it off again.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very strong -- albeit front-loaded -- album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last Broadcast is big, intelligent, irony-free music that demands an open mind -- and rewards the heart quite well. Magnificent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Margerine Eclipse is a decided improvement upon their last three albums, discarding the dense and difficult song structures that plagued those albums.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The instant pop buzz Pulp have concocted in the past is largely missing, but each listen reveals another layer, another level, another reason to love it. Highly recommended.