No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,907 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Now We Can See
Lowest review score: 0 All Things Bright and Beautiful
Score distribution:
1907 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
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    It’s mostly a collection of decent tunes, polished to a blinding sheen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is hip-hop that doesn't attack; it drifts. Black Up is full of ghostly howls and weird barely-there percussion, devoid of anything like a single.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    B’lieve i’m goin down is further evidence of Vile’s conclusive authenticity, and his position as one of songwriting’s most understated commodities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Once Wilco blazon forth their centerpiece, the remainder of The Whole Love takes a more familiar form that embraces self-assurance, even if those lopsided moments sum the overall experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the band’s second album after their somewhat missed "Kamehamena," and their pounce only proves to reinstill the style of the album’s predecessor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of modest waltzes and looped drum machines, there’s an evident maturity in the way the production unveils itself as richer and far more multifaceted. When you can’t break the familiar, expanding on those opportunities only makes you more in control.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether you will enjoy this ultimately depends on whether you're more of a rocker or a dancer - indeed, some people much preferred the mellower sound of their last record - but there's little denying that this album misses a lot of the urgency and sheer emotional energy of the band's first two LPs.
    • 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
    It’s not always the most memorable listen, though through its free-flowing divagations we finally begin to feel more empathy for an artist who’s too perceptive to hide behind his taut guitar accents.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper can be a particularly infuriating listen since it wanders between moments of greatness and utter tedium.
    • 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 a collection of unsightly surveillances expressed in a magnificent manner, and the work of a man more than capable of out-creating himself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For All We Know is an extremely accomplished debut from a supremely talented artist.
    • 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.