No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,669 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 The SMiLE Sessions
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,669 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One thing the album does not suffer from is a lack of ideas. In fact, it sounds like the band has crammed each song with sounds, licks, rhythm shifts, basically anything they could come up with, hoping to manufacture inspiration from creativity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cox sounds comfortable and confident, and has made the best solo album of his prolific career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Throughout its running time, Pale Green Ghosts sees Grant ably balance a sense of humour with quietly devastating content.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What a pleasure that Familiars is familiar primarily for its quality rather than its qualities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Honeys may be just another rash, blustering effort, but for the first time there’s a faint hint of accessibility seeping through the cracks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's filled with memorable moments, digital pieces that are essential towards captivating very human moments without battering with the greater scope of things. It all makes this all-encompassing memory trip worth remembering.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's something seductive and illuminating about Stott's new music, something that transcends the terror being emitted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    King Of Jeans burns with enough vitriol and frustration that the music escalates the album’s importance. And, at times, they do grant second-party attention.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vile may get all the end-of-year glory, but his comrade's first full-length effort is just as laudable and commendable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sensitive enough to charm you, yet with songs hard enough and strong enough to keep you from getting bored, Silent Alarm is already a strong contender for debut album of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is perhaps his most beautiful work to date; its vulgarity is restrained but a sense of humour remains, and Wells and Moffat reach new emotional heights.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a beautiful, at times tragic album, a versatile hodge-podge of creativity and ambition whose influences are nearly undetectable (this critic hears Bjork and D’Angelo most apparently) and with nary a false note.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Silence Yourself is more than just this year’s best debut record so far and even more than one of the best records of any kind this year. It could be the closest post-punk has come to full-bodied artistry since Interpol took their own post-punk influences and gave us Turn On The Bright Lights all those years ago.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    City Of Refuge is an album which manages to be raw yet transcendental and simple yet layered. Inquisitive ears should find plenty of interest here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wolf sometimes succeeds in emulating Kate Bush’s knack for combining the utterly bizarre with godlike musicianship, but sometimes he falls short.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the often dull music, the album is an overall cohesive success. It all ties together well, and it owes its quality to the unwavering confidence of her delivery, both musically and lyrically.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where You Go To I Go Too is one of the finest pieces of music I have heard in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s an album focused on a very limited range of moods, and inhabits that tone very well, but ultimately does little to justify sticking around.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dark and beautiful album with true emotional resonance and weight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it is by no means required listening, Couple Tracks is certainly worth it for newcomers and short-time fans of an up and coming experimental punk band. And while it never achieves an album feel, it's got enough short blast of quality to make it worth the money.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze strikes with a gust of pent up emotions, a trailblazing record that openly affirms a personal accountability for self without slipping into heavy-handedness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smoke Ring For My Halo might not be for everyone, but it will definitely find a wider audience than anything else in Vile's catalogue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow have shown that no sea is big enough to slow unabashed creativity--in fact, the sea seems less absent and quite fruitful in their case.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is easily one of the more intriguing and overlooked releases of 2009, and an infinitely disturbing meld of visceral semblance and quiet complexity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with today's technology, harvesting emotions as such is perplexing and strenuous. But Kirby does it with a special kind of grace.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is precisely due to the band’s finesse that It’s Blitz! is so refreshing, despite being an old sound wrapped in glitter veneer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His manipulations have gotten more patient, his sketches have become full tunes, and half-obscured melodies have received a lighting from the lamps.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Listening to it can be exhaustive, particularly during its clumsier second half, in which the narratives are duller (particularly Dossier), the musical progressions more stagnant (422). It’s undeniable, though, that this is a very original, fruitful record
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What I find so satisfying with this album, is how Four Tet envisions the lushness of a song, and sonically creates a buoyant, lighthearted blend--a complete album for the lively and lighthearted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brothers doesn’t break new ground for the band, but it continues to affirm the band’s soul, further demonstrating the unlimited power of blues music.