No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 2,100 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
2100 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eight-song trove of volume, emotional density, and social critique, its commonalities with sounds cultivated by labels like Touch & Go and Amphetamine Reptile not so much evidentiary of retread as they are respectful and refreshing pulls from an era of dissonant rock plentitude. ... Noise rock excellence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does Undercard not disappoint--there are more than a couple earworms here and there--but it's brilliant and fresh from two musicians who aren't exactly freshmen to the scene.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That the record plays out so consistently and yet flows with such apparent ease is testament to the skills honed by the band since its inception back in Copenhagen in 2000.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Unicorns’ Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? defines indie-pop, laden with hooks boasting a charmingly lo-fi sound devoid of pretensions and true to whatever whimsy their muse has stricken them with.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is a triumph that will, like its predecessor, take years to unpeel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a confident, fantastic and ultimately very rewarding record that should be met with an open mind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Largely magnificent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The entire subject seems to be instinct, a bombardment from Friel’s own psyche, expressed in a way that words could never do. Being therefore, indescribable. But nevertheless astonishingly glorious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The richest, most dynamic album to the legend's name in decades.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Attention Please makes them into something more profound: an often puzzling albeit enthralling and super-malleable "fuck you" to the safety of classification.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Money Store might be the very definition of acquired taste, and will most likely alienate the vast majority who attempt to give it a spin, but it's undeniably an extraordinary record.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where You Go To I Go Too is one of the finest pieces of music I have heard in years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It kicks ass.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intellectual without being snotty, encyclopaedic yet accessible, it takes the seemingly stalled electro model and kick-starts it into outer space.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once you press play on this wonderful record, Josh T. Pearson will take you with him. It might be painful, but you will savour every tear and be thankful for the bruises. Be greatful for this dark pariah.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    British Sea Power are not only the best band around, they’re also the best songwriters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With their infectious beats and clear guitars mixed with head-bobbing electronic, New Young Pony Club has what cannot be learned, yet what is one hundred percent necessary for achieving greatness: hubris.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's exciting in its pacing, invigorated in its writing, and illustrious in its instrumentation. It's not mad - nor, indeed, prairie-mad - to think that this is an early contender for album of the year lists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make no mistake: it may be a good two decades late, but ONoffON is the follow-up that Vs. has always cried out for. And as a result, it’s one of the finest records I’ve heard all year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stunningly good.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an album of perpetual fruition, payoff meeting payoff with gratifying speed and the rush of riff-borne frenzy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that is rich, varied and a little crackers as well, Lovers will certainly stand as one of the best debut albums of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    James Blake is an absolute treat for the ears.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, M83 have created an ethereal electronic masterpiece, and one which, thankfully, doesn't sound like a relic from the Warp Records back catalogue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've deftly struck the balance between breaking new ground and retaining their sound while making a record that has – bold statement alert – NO bad songs on it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are adventurous pop songs with intricate arrangements and sophisticated chord structures.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We hear a lot of different sounds, but are never left in any doubt that they flow together with such fire and skill that you feel they could knock out a freeform jazz number and still sound like the same band.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, The Wild Hunt's stumbles are too little to mask what could be Matsson's finest hour. He may act as if he's the tallest man on earth, but he may very well literally be a talent of Goliath proportions.