No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,707 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% 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 Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
Lowest review score: 0 F.A.M.E.
Score distribution:
1,707 music reviews
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    The beautiful melodies and harmonies don’t actually go anywhere, they just kind of float in and out of earshot, failing to develop or do anything harmonically interesting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tillman becomes one of the great diarists of our generation in Honeybear, possessing a keen, merciless intelligence within a sophisticated melodic sensibility.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection is simply a joy to listen to, with great singers lovingly rendering great songs with a talented producer at the helm.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can distance yourself enough to judge Franz Ferdinand on its merits alone, it’s an impressive yet inconsistent debut record from a promising young band.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it does manage to do, however, is function as an engagingly visceral work of provocation, on balance interspersing his trademark beauty with enough challenging moments to reward repeated visits, even if listening to it never exactly feels like a pleasurable experience, and maybe that’s enough.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    xx is a fantastically innovative album, and this band is exploring new territory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Daft Punk have done on Random Access Memories could be seen as a methodically curated, musical museum of the future, rather than a conservatory for experimental collaboration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music is beautiful, spiritual, intense, fun and, as Lester Bangs once called the Clash, righteous.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Celestial Lineage may be well crafted and even (relatively) accessible but by eschewing the ideas that coloured their previous work, Wolves in the Throne Room have ended up creating something that's not really black, but rather quite grey.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each moment on Is Survived By is a hotly tempered emotional assault that leaves no closet-bound skeleton unaccounted for an un-torched.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This mind-expanding record will inspire a more inexpressible connection: you will carve your own niche within its deep and absorbing textures, and you will find new things upon every listen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Suburbs is about a search for home, for a place in the world when the home you knew is gone.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it's all said and done, Tesfaye has presided over a mind bending, drug induced tour through an underground world of debauchery that only leaves him hollow. He commands the mood better than artists who have been in the game for years and yet this his first release.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let England Shake may be Harvey's less vainglorious manifestation, but it is also her most intoxicating. Rather than exposing a personal voice, she exercises her political inquietudes with studied intellectualism.