No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,684 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 My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,684 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bits of Medulla sound similar to Vespertine, but there’s a marked distinction in the means of delivery and enough change to keep things interesting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all the missteps along the way, El-P arrives somewhere quite poignant, and although he may not have paved his own way there, his route is quite impressive, and there is no wasted beat and no unseen seriousness and intensity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This Is Happening is looking back on a life well lived and well learned, the final cap on a perfect career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being interesting, unique, fun and damn good is near impossible to pull off. Sleigh Bells has done it on Treats, and goddamn is it good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is The National’s 4th or 5th comfortably strong album in a row, another slight variation on a tried-and-true theme.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The eleven robust tracks on Entrench are memorable not simply because of their animalistic intensity, but because they’ve taken that energy and fine-tuned it into some expertly crafted songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's such an embarrassment of riches in Lost and Safe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make no mistake: it may be a good two decades late, but ONoffON is the follow-up that Vs. has always cried out for. And as a result, it’s one of the finest records I’ve heard all year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fall Be Kind shows the band on the path to becoming an even mellower band and nothing here is exceptionally energetic except for the last half of Graze.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The great achievement of Feels is that it throws everything at every track yet never loses sight of the tunes themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a dense, difficult listen, nigh impossible to compare to the rest of Kanye West’s work, and its rewards come slowly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In many ways, his music is more punk than punk music is nowadays-stripped down completely to only the most basic and bare of instruments, the tiny Kristian Matsson manages to live up to his name as The Tallest Man on Earth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Certainly, it feels as though Takk emerges from a group who, despite arriving at the zenith of their capability, has, at least for the time being, run out of things to say.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MCII sounds much more concise and meticulously assembled than any of Segall's efforts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OST
    That's quite a timespan, though, and it does mean that one minute you're reeling from the hormonal stench of a roomful of anguished shoegazers and the next you're surrounded by happy little Japanese girls wearing anti-gravity shoes and doing Steiner dancing with wafty pastel banners. But that's just as it should be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Great art must provoke or inspire you, and I’m sorry to all the folks out there “awash” in Eluvium’s dreamy “soundscapes” of pure “emotion” and “beauty”, but this record does neither.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On this, her latest and most emotionally charged album, she's managed to create a painful outpouring of honesty, one that strikes that coveted balance of both melodic and lyrical expression; her message is equally powerful from each direction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The first five tracks are some of the rawest the nine-man conglomerate has ever served. But this all transpires within the first fifteen minutes of the disc. From there Pretty Toney takes a few ugly turns.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Due to awkward, clunky sequencing, Dark Days/Light Years takes longer to reveal its charms than maybe it should. Despite this, it’s still a marvellous record and evidence that despite their increasing years, Super Furry Animals are a long way from being out of ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album definitely has its moments, and the first half is very engaging, but they lose it in the long run.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The listener brings just as much to this music as Stith does, which is the peculiar genius of his creation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a brilliant and varied album, risky and excessive at times, yet compelling and open throughout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By pushing pop into the dreary without all the drab, Iron and Wine strikes a balance of truth and hope that can get muddled by a scene dominated by pessimists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Vampires of the City is nothing short of a pop music achievement, a standout album in a year full of standout albums.
    • 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
    Shellac delivers a very spare and assaultive listen, 33 minutes that fly by and demand repeated listens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Black Keys have created a record that they believe is how a rock'n'roll record should sound, but without soul or sex or genuine sweet emotion.
    • 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
    Soused, with its impenetrable construct and heavy ambition, delivers on many fronts, most notable of which is in its thoughtfully composed immensity.