No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,685 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 This Is Happening
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,685 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best album of the year so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This ambiguity is precisely what makes New Brigade so exciting--there's no dogged political agenda, nor a desire to sound wiser than their 17 to 19-age range. And even if it sounds like a slush of trebly clatter, Iceage manage to pack a wallop of melodic transitions in each measure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it is, we have a definite return to consistency, if not form, and a Paul Simon as simultaneously hermetic and engaged as only he can be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a steadfast attention to his orchestration, it helps to illuminate his musical exploration of the West.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the band’s most mature and consistent record yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if the songwriting didn’t completely explore the full scope of Cobain’s capabilities, Bleach also represents that point in time when money was an object and the music was all that mattered, a precursor to a cultural shift that made Sub Pop a national brand.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be his own manifesto, but when the music is this striking, it makes you appreciate life more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In short, it's no Mass Romantic, but it will do quite nicely.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kozelek’s sixth project under the Sun Kil Moon moniker, Benji, is his most intimate work yet, thoroughly documenting definitive moments that marked his past and continue to haunt his present.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There have definitely been many bold and exciting extreme metal releases as of recent, but As The Stars is not just daring--it’s incredibly listenable, too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smother is an exercise in moderation, trying to find the precise balance between audacious beauty and emotional intelligence. The depraved encounters it presents are brash, risky, and just like its characters, always on the verge of imploding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Have One On Me is so enrapturing, so imaginative and so delicate, that it feels safe to say that in five or ten years time, you’ll go back to it and discover brand new things--whether they be the meaning of a song you’d never fathomed before or a simple amuse-bouche of a beautifully constructed oboe phrase.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Keeping it abrasive and sincerely metal in execution is its strength.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As far as the songs go, there’s not a bad apple in the bunch. And some, like Lavender and its wonderful one-note melody, or No Reason to Cry and its breezy vocals, are really terrific. But oooooh, the cheese in that sound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This one is probably the closest rival to Merriweather Post Pavilion we’ve heard this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just when Devotion looks like it could be losing its way, the most incongruous track of the eleven pulls it out of the bag.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Journal for Plague Lovers, it feels like Manic Street Preachers have finally closed the door on a painful chapter in their career and, rather fittingly, they’ve done it with some aplomb.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There probably aren’t enough moments that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but after the initial struggle to get into, it’s a rewarding record to return to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever shortcomings The Chemistry Of Common Life present, and there are very few, Fucked Up cancels them out with some imagination and a refusal to so easily fit into the Mallternative crowd.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just comfortable and pleasant enough to convince yourself to stick around - never good enough to be satisfying, nor bad enough to be disappointing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of what the future holds for Led Zeppelin, the record shows that this single concert in the O2 Arena certainly was a celebration day for all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both immediate and a grower, Boys and Girls in America stands tall as The Hold Steady’s masterwork – full of grace and gritty charm, full heartbreak and raw emotion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tomorrow’s Harvest, the duo’s latest, is a perfect reminder of how well these two can bring their unique aesthetic to life through music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    St. Vincent's most sonically rich effort to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fully conceived album of beautifully crafted songs, and a real treat for fans and newcomers alike.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The National's latest is easily up there with the very best indie-rock records of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s hard to find fault with the record since anything you think might be lacking, melodic interest, harmonic development, rhythmic drive, etc, was certainly left out deliberately.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elverum has created an album that demands your time and attention, not to mention any memories you may be willing to part with.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graceful, inviting, and evocative as ever, Dan Bejar's assembled the necessary parts for an early-year success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A finely crafted collection of indie rock.