No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,672 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 Sonic Nurse
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,672 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Powered by its fluid and seeming invincibility, Mirrored is almost frighteningly cosmic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It reveals yet another side to this musician, who has continued to pull back layer after layer since she first appeared on the scene.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few albums are truly perfect though, and Bon Iver is not without its flaw.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's another rock-solid album from one of rap's most consistently great collectives, with no discernable weak spots to attack.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He has come up with a gem of a record, heartfelt and true, that hopefully will get him some of the attention he richly deserves.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After such a wonderful introduction, however, the rest of the album devolves into a strictly hit or miss affair.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are two primary things that make Once I Was An Eagle take flight: Lyrics and progression, which together make the album intelligent, confident, and, perhaps most importantly, recursive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s all tons of fun, and is almost guaranteed to cheer you up with its overwhelming chirpiness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a clear warmth and passion in this remaster; if you've yet to let this album grow to be a part of your life, get this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halcyon Digest goes by like a breeze, and when it's finished there's nothing better to do than play it again.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Is Only Noise might occasionally overstay its welcome, but it's mostly an intriguing, excellent listen from a very promising young producer.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    jj have crafted a truly fascinating album and one of the best hidden gems this year
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These are essentially songs of innocence and experience tinctured by world-weariness simultaneously infused with an earnest lack of guile. A brief criticism would be: a little more sound and a little less fury, please Will.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s music that will soundtrack those peculiar moments where you really pay attention, free of distractions. This is music to spend time with and worth making time for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shields is undeniably tuneful, and you could even say that it's the perfect record to build that swelling momentum, but it's also detached and emotionally destitute.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The reason The Futureheads is so good is because, quite simply, the music is simply stunning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Locked Down is the result of a synergy between musicians of different generations – both have something to bring to the party, and the combination is compelling. It is an album of rare energy, heat, sweat and motion, and a salutary lesson to all that age need not diminish one's mojo.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Newman’s most touching, musically rich and consistent record since "Good Old Boys" way back in 1974; and it’s hilarious to boot.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's fourth album, Empros, seamlessly threads together a mire of unmitigated sonic emanations with a consciously utilized sensitivity to sound and beauty, crafting a less than monotonous or laborious listen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Boxer, The National has not only crafted a contender for Album of the Year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What resulted is ultimately an album of destructive beauty. Elegance married with sonic destruction!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granduciel apparently spent hours going over and over tracks as they were developed from their demo stage into full blown band pieces, occasionally completely abandoning latter versions to return to the demos, and that was the case with album standout track An Ocean In Between The Waves-it looks like an inspired decision.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite clear flaws though, enthusiastically raving about the album, even when taking into account that a third of it (including those aforementioned ten minutes of Fracking… ) is borderline irritating, feels entirely justified, rather than an exercise in willful perversion, thanks to the quality of everything else on offer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shellac delivers a very spare and assaultive listen, 33 minutes that fly by and demand repeated listens.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the work of a mature and serious artist, who has made a unique and lasting contribution to pop, and this album will continue her reputation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best album of the year so far.