No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 2,102 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:
2102 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The dynamic range on the album is, quite literally, startling.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like all Newsom’s albums, it is full of beautiful music and lyrics that initially appear enigmatic but are in fact simply dense, but it’s the first one to embed within itself, on various levels, the necessity to continue mining its depths.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ta Det Lugnt is that rare joy, a work of art that both demands and rewards your attention.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Waits' best album since Rain Dogs, and may possibly be even better than that--only time will tell, but it will be time well spent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By taking various elements from not only their collective past, but also the work they've done separately, Radiohead has created something wholly new and utterly entrancing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Sometimes I Sit and Think is musically straightforward, Barnett doesn’t need anything more to tell great stories.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vile Child is a debut LP that is rife with a resounding honesty and an airtight dexterity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A work of art, slightly rough around the edges and a little makeshift, but tremendously beautiful all the same.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The good news is that there is no real filler on the album, but this uniformity of quality equates to an album where every song is good, but where few are really great.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s as brazen, bold and brilliant as anything it’s done thus far. It is, as Thom Yorke claimed, very minimal. Yet, the album never sounds half-finished, but instead focused and refined. It’s as vital as anything the band has done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Woods is solid, well crafted and intensely energetic, but a magnum opus it is not.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is incredibly intriguing and was executed beautifully.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While doom metal is typically considered too droll and meandering for most non-metal fans to penetrate, Foundations of Burden transcends the genre so well that submerging oneself in the album’s striking melodies and crushing riffs feels almost effortless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most spectacular and intense albums the group has released yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The narratives it employs are true to life, the reverb drenched instrumentation was rightfully summoned, and the substitution of dark undertones over lighter sensibilities that such genre was commonly known for were ditched with good reason. No wonder Slumberland has wholeheartedly embraced Black Tambourine's influence to their label. That's good enough reason to bring another of independent music's long forgotten cult stories into the forefront.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This will surely be counted as one of the most remarkable, individual, and adorable albums of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most noticeable difference from his previous work is that the three are symphonic, they have parts, and those parts are distinct, either marked by a certain loop, bass ostinato, drone, or tempo.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes M.I.A. so good is her simplicity. Not quite electro-clash, not quite hip-hop, not quite grime, she's a world onto herself with little more than a groovebox and her voice to sustain her.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although For Emma, Forever Ago works best as a concise listen, as each song segues naturally into the next, tracks like 'Blindsided' and 'For Emma' quickly rise as shining standouts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fleet Foxes is certainly a very good record, but it is kept from greatness by its failure to capture the communal feeling of its excellent, buzz-building live shows.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Blackstar, Bowie disengages himself once again from popular opinion and scoffs at the idea of taking the righteous path, finding inspiration in what is immoral and contentious. But in doing so he also finds an artful niche that suits his sixty nine years of age.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    mbv follows its predecessor without aggrandizing its past resources, and as such, delivers a wallop of sweet, sweet distortion in a way that comes naturally to them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes My Woman great isn't the new synths or the rockier tone. It's Olsen herself, filling these songs with the love, desire, anguish and acceptance that comes from her perspective as a woman.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For every low point there’s the unquestionable standouts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a vital record, one that’s Nick Cave through and through, and whether he’s exploring his garage roots or his spooky, narrative tendencies it’s at all points a triumph.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few artists in this day in age take self-expression through art to heart like Hadreas does as Perfume Genius, and with the sensitive confidence that radiates from Too Bright, he’s mastered in a way few artists never do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Seer is 30 years' worth of effort, a unique and exciting height earned after decades of creation, experimentation and unconventional musical disassembly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mitski’s boldness is hugely impressive, and couple that with the fact the record is so expertly mixed and edited, she has produced one of the year’s more complete LPs.