No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 2,134 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
2134 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Owens consistently and effortlessly locates sweet spots without ever falling into a specific alcove, showing a maturity and understanding of her craft seldom seen on a debut LP.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mental Illness is first and foremost an album about achieving self-sufficiency through trail and blunder. And in doing so, she once again stands tallest, and quietest, in an exceptionally consistent career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole record is crafted with an air of distrust, but its execution is surgically precise. Spoon’s stream of critical acclaim shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With such a huge repertoire crammed into a record not much longer than 30 minutes, it’s all the more impressive that the tracks mesh together so seamlessly, never losing the cosy, affectionate motif that hangs over its entire runtime.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While Season High has its showstopping moments, as a whole it tries to cram in too many ideas into a variety of disjointed themes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Far Field is a cathartic listen, an album that wears its emotions on its sleeve. It's all here, the good times and bad, the hope and despair, laid out for all to see and feel. It's rare that you hear albums that brazenly bear their writers' soul, while remaining this effortlessly enjoyable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They write songs that make you feel good, and sound good, whenever they come on, and they do it in such a way that you truly feel like you’re listening to them for the first time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Rather than going for broke, Depeche Mode eked out a half-decent release that doesn't do either the theme or their abilities any justice. It may be called Spirit, but this album is sorely lacking in soul.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though not as conceptually absorbing as Bestial Burden, Contact is a no less challenging effort that seeks to find some kind of understanding from its listeners.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For an album steeped so much in coming to terms with loss and grief, with finding redemption, and with starting anew, it captures Surfer Blood doing something they haven't done in years, and that's have fun making music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Bunker Funk, if you were expecting Silver Apples, you’re getting Can instead. And, it’s a good thing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Crow Looked at Me is what all art should aspire to be: honest, affecting, and unforgettable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the fuzzy way-wah bridge of Serve the Song to the soft and gentle swing of Holding Patterns, the band is taking great strides in diversifying their musical palette even if it primarily coalesces and not expands on their established personalities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Different Creatures is likely to prove too nostalgic to win over critics of 00s ‘indie landfill’, and Circa Waves still lack the spark that is going to reignite British guitar rock, but that won’t matter for most fans of their debut. This is another exciting, polished album that's destined for outdoor stages.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Marling's lyrics come across as powerful and worldly, it's the conversational tone that makes Semper Femina work so well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fin
    Syd hasn’t quite molded herself as a pop luminary, but the self-determined themes on Fin do portray an independent woman who’s fueled by the power of love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Saturday Night is a record that is almost misanthropic in its progression, and an intriguing insight into Tim Darcy the artist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The themes explored throughout the record’s massive 130-minute runtime are remarkably current--for example the Orlando shootings and the Paris attacks--and it’s these moments where the album commands absolute attention. Not even Kozelek can command it entirely for 130 minutes, though.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His voice is an art form in itself, breathy and warm and aching with impartial soul. The track’s arrangements are stunning, from the sparse opener Plastic 100°C to the propulsive beat of Blood On Me, while the devastatingly beautiful, reflective piano ballad of (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano would stop the coldest of hearts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Please Be Mine is a charming record that remains engaging and consistently pleasant, but you have to feel that there’s another gear in Molly Burch’s engine-room that could get the most out of her prodigious talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It puts you on a kick after soothing you with its pacifying hooks. And really, it’s in making those small variations where The Feelies find their gentle collision of energy and contemplation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s an unfettered display of eighties-evoking posing that suits them perfectly well, but it also sounds like a step back after they’d already figured out how to match their compositional smarts with a clear message.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dirty Projectors ultimately leaves one too puzzled to empathize with apart from letting out a false, mouth-gaping awe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    After a promising EP that hinted at many directions (not to mention that it was a succinct five tracks) Blue only amplifies their indecisiveness instead of pointing out their strengths as songwriters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sleeping Through The War is the embodiment of a gentle giant: huge in presence but unwaveringly accessible.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On Offers, NE-HI never really commit to a major departure. So while there are glimmers of a new, more refined sound, it’s the carefree, guitar pop that still stands out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are so many ideas in Heartworms that give substance to Mercer’s unremitting passion to create, and though he manages to enliven and push the project forward it more so blurs Mercer’s artistic and commercial ambitions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With some of their catchiest songs yet and Gareth's muse in top form, this album stands among their strongest work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stormzy makes every minute of this album count. By giving a voice to both the street and religious sides of his life he is able to produce a well-rounded, exciting project.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band is categorically known for their disciplined uniformity, an approach that gives the band more room to inject more personality into their straightforward rhythm section; seeing as the indie rock landscape has also considerably changed, it’s actually a welcome throwback that’s aged well.