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 Sonic Nurse
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,685 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One good single does not a great album make, and unfortunately, the rest of the record becomes pretty tedious, pretty quickly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can imagine, and probably relate, to the monotony and helpless angst that attacks us when we're a certain age, going through certain ritualistic processes of life. So imagine this record as the soundtrack to those feelings, and how liberating, not only that would have felt then, but does feel now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the album that makes her the comparative standpoint in her own right--suggesting subtly that she may one day be the talismanic songstress for her own generation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though it does occasionally dip into overly-saccharine territory--like in the largely plodding End of the Summer--it more often makes for a good match with the band's more heavily melodic--though still energetic--approach.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crack the Skye follows Mastodon’s uncanny tradition of crafting a brand of heavy metal that is unabashed, mazelike, and above all, fresh.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Janelle Monáe has not simply lived up to our expectations here; she has shattered them, delivering a confident, creative, and enormously entertaining record that marginally betters her sublime debut.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weird Little Birthday is a superb debut, beautifully recorded, with everything in its right place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The good does far outweigh the bad, and had this album been a bit more condensed, it would have been one of my favorites this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ...Like Clockwork is easily the best release from the band since Songs for the Deaf.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In Conflict is either one of those records which invite thoughtful criticism, with the repeated phrasings and imagery occurring throughout the record (not to mention the swooningly lush orchestrations) suggesting vast rabbit warrens in Pallett’s psyche worth considering, or render it entirely pointless, given that it seems set on creating something immaculate, and then mercilessly deconstructing its creator.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's heady, bleak stuff, certainly, but the sheer ambition and, bizarrely, hint of liberation with which it's performed make it one of the year's most perplexingly life-affirming releases.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not just the hooks of the songs that make this EP so bewitching, it's also a prophecy for post-dubstep.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Europe often finds itself lacking in ideas and sticking to de rigueur jangle and well-trodden indiepop tropes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A compelling failure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Since The Seldom Seen Kid's release it seems everyone and everyone's mum are now fans of the band. Though Build A Rocket Boys! is a strong album, it never quite matches the rampant grace of that record and in many ways caters to their more tested demographic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's a lot in here that brims with life but, somehow, it never quite unfolds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unconventional harmonies and slurred vocals are an acquired taste, and some of the more out-there lyrical moments might bemuse you first time round, but give it a chance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Most of all, I'd like to list Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light: 1 amongst the ever-expanding and illustrious list of rock n' roll's most important albums.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    America takes you on a long journey across busy city streets and somber countryside and while this expedition may be absolutely overwhelming at times, it's ultimately much worth the trip.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s a lot of bluster and enthusiasm here but I’m struggling to identify much in the way of true substance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can’t necessarily call this new music, but it works because it doesn’t sound vintage, nor does it completely owe itself to any bygone era of “remember when?”.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best way to approach Theatre Is Evil is not even as an album, but rather a collection of songs--all fairly similar but often good, sometimes very much so.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Salad Days is a testament to love at its most selfless and pure as much as it is the fear of holding on to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Titus Andronicus have created an album that will grip the listener, carry them along on a tide of spit and blood and youthful aggression, and leave them dazed and exhausted at the end, with no other option but to start the record all over again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Very few dance albums are, and in the end, that’s what Phoenix created--a dance album, possibly the most enjoyable one since "Oracular Spectacular."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heartleap is a treasure to withhold, and though it's proclaimed as a departure, it feels both complete and satisfyingly open-ended.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is another huge step forward for a band not afraid to take them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That, down to its mouthful of a title, is a fearless album, brought to fruition by a desire to push boundaries and explore sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it gets it right, it gets it absolutely spot on, but a little more variation wouldn't go amiss. However, the album's highlights – and there are many – are just so fantastic that you can forgive it an awful lot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fade is a sign of perseverance for the group, as the album perfectly details just what is so essential and appealing about the group, and why there will always be a place for these guys in the world of indie rock.