No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,733 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Halcyon Digest
Lowest review score: 0 All Things Bright and Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,733 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that Offend Maggie is, in some ways, a “nothing new” addition to Deerhoof’s canon, it’s also one of their best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow, the 21 minutes spent with Vivian Girls are innocent and punctuated by brief moments of euphoria that make this debut more than worthwhile.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ten Kens are hook-savvy, brilliantly subtle at change-ups and they really capture your attention without making your ears bleed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album’s generative “concept” is as strange and incredible as its music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly, Wild Beasts are those rarest of animals; true, untamed originals.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Welcome to Mali was one of 2008's hidden gems, so do yourself a favor and go check it out now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neko Case hasn't produced a disappointing solo venture yet, and between "Fox Confessor Brings The Flood" and Middle Cyclone, her recent production is the strongest of her increasingly beautiful catalog.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RTZ
    Those of us who aren’t already familiar with these tracks and are getting limited mileage out of Chasny’s recent exercises in finely honed border-psych will find that these patient, meditative, sky-minded nocturnes are just what the witch-doctor ordered.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart can easily be at the forefront of this scene because, simply put, they have the best hooks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Due to awkward, clunky sequencing, Dark Days/Light Years takes longer to reveal its charms than maybe it should. Despite this, it’s still a marvellous record and evidence that despite their increasing years, Super Furry Animals are a long way from being out of ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn’t the breakthrough album that nobody expected. This is precisely the album everyone was waiting for from Metric, a culmination of all their strengths and a slicing off of the fat that may have slowed them down in the past.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As snobbish as that may sound, you have to lose yourself in Wavering Radiant to hear and feel the big picture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it simply, it’s a near perfect conclusion to one of the finest records I’ve heard this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This one is probably the closest rival to Merriweather Post Pavilion we’ve heard this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of classification, Japandroids have created something pure, something without pretense and without any concern for how smart or cool they will sound.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monoliths & Dimensions, present O’Malley and Anderson’s sonic murk as something to delve into, their inescapable walls of low-end suddenly beaming with purpose and a million and one instruments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By no means a feel-good record, Travels With Myself and Another is rich with enough black humor, sharp perspectives and tight muscular music to make it one of the best rock albums of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s dark and joyous at the same time, fun and epic sounding enough to seem meaningful, despite my inability to make out most of the lyrics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Fiery Furnaces are more than capable of producing catchy three-minute pop songs. They simply waited until now to do so, resulting in one of their best albums yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only one year later and we have Two Dancers an album so laden with lush densities and provocative melodies that you would be forgiven for thinking this album had taken ten years to make.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    xx
    xx is a fantastically innovative album, and this band is exploring new territory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about Arrivals points to it being a landmark release for both post-rock and IDM, two genres that seem to be well past their prime.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I love it the same way I love looking at signatures in my yearbooks: as distant reminders of past friends and better times. Sure, this album is awesome, but the fact remains that this is a continuation of an old idea in lieu of a new one.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In summation, though, there is not much you could ask for in a Big Star box set that is not included here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it closes with the eerie, smoky gospel influenced Youlagy, you know it’s fantastic and you know you’ve found the most breathtakingly beautiful album this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Leaves may tackle some subtle rites of passage - small in scope but difficult for most men to deal with--but they’re approached with such delicate grace, it’s hard to question that this may be Kinsella’s finest hour yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if the songwriting didn’t completely explore the full scope of Cobain’s capabilities, Bleach also represents that point in time when money was an object and the music was all that mattered, a precursor to a cultural shift that made Sub Pop a national brand.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album twisted and turned its already discombobulated songs around and around, never letting anyone get comfortable. It showed a more cerebral Spoon than ever before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His voice a weathered and worn device, there are facets to his personality that seem to make this album work, when otherwise its disjointed presentation would seem haphazard or pasted together. It’s also very short, clocking in at shy of thirty minutes despite its fifteen tracks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Measure can be described as being the metamorphosis that translates Field Music’s born again status. Ambitious as it sounds, it locks itself into a pop compendium, which has always been a strong suit in the past.