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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the first time in a while, they’re moving forward with a sound truer to their nature.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A work of remarkable beauty, Elegies To Lessons Learned contains far more reasons to be cheerful than it reasonably should, and if you’re looking for post-rock done properly then iLiKETRAiNS are more than on the right lines.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Hold Steady this ain't, but as far as new directions go, Craig Finn could have done much worse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst it might not be the powerful, dark electro that some fans had been hoping for, there's no denying that the more matured Justice is pretty damn good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Throughout, a spewing, pandering vitriol taints a band whose vivacity seems to be wearing thin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Since Nodzzz songs rely mostly on sporadic ruminations, they communicate much more effectively when a satisfying guitar riff surprises as opposed to when they build an entire song on little life tidbits that don't amount to much.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Frightened Rabbit keep their slight edge with stripped down versions of songs from the aforementioned album, while the necessity of this release remains questionable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Golden Grrls have put out a happy, smiley little record that doesn't overstay its welcome.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The vocal hooks and catchy choruses that have brought Nada Surf this far have only gotten better.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Infinite Arms isn’t nearly as charming nor nearly as emotive as the band’s other work. It’s an image of a band that’s exhausted their aesthetics to a point of sterility, and it’s going to take a lot of soul-searching and reinvention to figure out where to go next.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pyramids leaves its mark as an extremely remarkable and impressive début, and once heard, is unlikely to be forgotten.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Strapped's thirty-something minutes of southern California rock doesn't turn the page on anything new, but is still a worthy listen. The album holds true to the band's striped-down signature sound from their last two albums, with a sprinkling of a few stand out tracks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a strong, satisfying record that will comfortably consolidate the band’s reputation as a genre favourite.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Street of The Love of Days is intimate and serene, sometimes pastoral, but there's nothing here that would make you miss the city, unless you hate bonfires and the crisp rustle of autumn leaves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In an indie-rock landscape where so many bands climb to eminence on the shoulders of pseudo-academic attention-seeking, a shrug and a good pulse can go a long way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    However many crystalline moments of beauty their records contain (and of course there are some to be found here), for me there remains a cloying sense of the overtly melodramatic, of uninventive repetition that it is hard to ignore.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Original Colors isn't extraordinary music.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It has ten passable tracks and one certified super-smash that will either get listeners gleefully singing-along or reaching for the skip button. You decide.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even if his insecurities can illicit a few cringes (he sounds genuinely upset with his haters on All The Shine), there's enough empowered anthems like Bonfire and Outside for Childish Gambino to pull through.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s promise here to be sure, but it’s a promise as yet unfulfilled.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, Memory Almost Full is a reliable, easy record for a man who’s been far too reliable for his own good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, three CDs of good-to-great music is a pretty acceptable ratio, and while this is not meant for the casual Cure fan, it’s an essential purchase for the hardcore ones.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Everyone will find something appealing about Dananananaykroyd, no matter how small, but it’s difficult to imagine anyone truly loving this record, regardless of whether they judge it by its cover.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smokey is lengthy, as are all of Banhart’s albums, but make it to the last track and the reward is reminiscent of Banhart’s infallible 2004 album, "Rejoicing in the Hands."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Reviewed as a whole album though, it must concede that buying Be Brave would be like paying for two songs played at different speeds and in different keys fourteen times over, an unwise choice that would eventually leave many wondering just what the hell is so different between Friday in Paris and Da Da anyway? I've got to tell you, after these past couple days, I can barely even tell anymore.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s beautiful background music at worst but much more if it is given the attention it deserves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So in spite of the complacency of the later tracks, there are enough stellar moments here to make it worth keeping an eye out for I Break Horses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is by no means a bad album, and if you're already into the band it will provide a new fix of freakout, but to deserve any more than a 6/10 it really needs to nail the transcendental and ditch the kitsch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is real sorrow and feeling amongst all the fun and the record will hopefully see Hunx gain some of the attention that is way over due.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Through headphones, Ssss lacks proper punctum. Through speakers, it fails to infect.