No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 2,049 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 Shine A Light
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
2049 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can tell that you are dubious, but I can assure you, gentle listener – these are the goods.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a grower - no doubt about that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album frequently descends into seemingly chaotic feedback and amp fuzz but the dirt is very much artfully, deliberately applied.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dream River is probably as evocative a record as Callahan has ever made, and that really is saying a great deal when considering his extensive back catalog.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shellac delivers a very spare and assaultive listen, 33 minutes that fly by and demand repeated listens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s unfortunate that the familiar sound of some of these tracks, the nagging suspicion that you heard this once before, is always hiding in the background, because there’s worthy enough material here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are four reasons why this album is necessary: firstly, it will make any party you happen to be soundtracking sound very clever. Secondly, following the samples and contributions will open up a whole world of modern and traditional music from the Southern Cone to you. Thirdly, both live and on stage, tracks like Pa'bailar rock a squeezebox like you've never heard. And, finally, Ry Cooder is nowhere in sight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Route One or Die is many things--immense, joyful, weird and above all aptly titled, as you'd be hard-pressed to find another debut album released this year --British or otherwise--that sounds so completely vibrant and alive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of the album's wilfully hard-to-stomach intensity, [it] will appeal to fans of art music of many different backgrounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a debut LP that relies so heavily on a sound that is considered by some as fossilized, this is a very good effort. Urth is meticulously intricate in its more labyrinthine moments, and categorically barbarous for the rest of it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With this record, there is Britpop, Radiohead, Spiritualized, grunge, trip-hop and more basking under an astral, space-rock umbrella, and Pumarosa have turned it all into a contorting, ornamental obelisk.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly electrifying.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious triumph.... The Decemberists deserve to become your new favourite band.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FLOTUS is much more than another genre effort, where Wagner deeply alters his usual country bearings and gives it a new and unexpected orientation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stormzy makes every minute of this album count. By giving a voice to both the street and religious sides of his life he is able to produce a well-rounded, exciting project.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ekstasis abounds with originality and depth; soars and sinks; expands and implodes; evolves and dissipates; crackles and breaks all within one cohesive sound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Celebration Rock's high-tempo riff rock concerns itself with energy and embraces our serendipitous run-ins with those good times worth remembering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn’t political, but it is personal, comical, sad, satirical, intelligent and refreshingly honest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The record stands as the most shocking thing the Odd Future collective has put out to date: a R&B record with crossover potential without sacrificing soul that creates a complete picture of its author, warts and all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s on a full-on conversationalist binge on Sky, though it’ll demand your extra attention since the album’s turbulent production tends to obscure most of his learned reflections. In spite of this, it wouldn’t be a true Mould record if it didn’t hit you with that pummeling, noisy sheen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's near the peak of their powers, if not actually at the summit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky is an advance for Swans, and Gira comes across as less of an eccentric noise-generator, and more of a presence that requires our attention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's nothing here with quite the same catchiness that The Field somehow achieved on the head-nodders A Paw In My Face or The More That I Do, but each track is a fascinating experiment in sound, and this is perhaps his strongest record yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Odds is excellent, because the odds are never against him.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A favorite for punk album of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old
    Old is all about developing the character of one very conflicted dude, and to me that’s its crowning achievement; it’s not his “split personalities” as much as the inner turmoils that fizz around within any complex character, but which you hardly ever hear so convincingly captured on a single record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Tempest, Dylan easily puts to rest those detractors who claim that he's merely standing on the shoulders of greater artists.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's quite good. It just feels like it should be-and wants to be-better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wolf Parade is a great band, and while one will automatically think of Brock when they first hear You Are a Runner I Am My Father’s Son, (or any song featuring the first of the band’s two vocalists, Jason Krug,) many of the album’s strongest moments actually come when they more closely resemble other bands.