No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,684 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 My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,684 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    At its weakest, the album is merely boring with the lamely typical Can't You See, an album opener of distorted rumbling and vocals so low you'd strain to make them out. Arguably worse than a bland track is that the album actually offers some hope for a reasonably enjoyable experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    By attempting to give us what we want, and provide reassurance that the Sonic Youth legacy is in safe hands, Moore has somehow managed to make it look weaker and less appealing than it ever was.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Circuital makes it clear that we are dealing with My Morning Jacket post-metamorphosis. From a provocative indie/country/blues band with exceptional vocals, witty lyrics, and a stellar band, MMJ has found prime real estate on the premise of becoming a commercial parody of themselves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    By playing it safe and giving the fans exactly what they want, Coheed & Cambria have successfully delivered two of the most predictable, mundane albums I’ve ever heard.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Beachy summer party/winter bummer wallpaper for your Bohemian café-bar and for the hipsters that frequent it, who like their pop music perfectly pleasant and non-threatening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    One of the most disappointing debut albums I've ever heard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Their live performances are largely improvised around one riff per song, which could make for an interesting show--but on this record, it gets old fast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    4
    Where this album should be fresh and current, it sounds tired, repetitive and uninspired.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    here isn't enough variation on here to retain its limited intrigue, as Lortz relies too much on his consistently unremarkable songwriting; ultimately, it's a forgettable record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    They are capable of making albums that are big, over the top and fun. The Resistance is over the top, but comes off as boisterous and overblown.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    On Flower Lane, Mondanile and the gang stepped out of the bedroom and into the studio, and the result is something just as sterile as every other song by Real Estate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just painfully mediocre.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Into The Diamond Sun is somewhat equivalent to being pelted with macaroons; at first sweet, delicate, even impressively constructed, but soon proving not just boring, but intensely samey, sickly and unsatisfying.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    13 songs in 36 minutes is a constrictive ratio for a record with so many proposed ideas, and its brevity makes Rustie’s ideas sound especially half-hearted. It’s bad enough that he doesn’t give the more physical tracks enough time to flex their muscles, but the tracks which suffer most are the briefer, more innocuous pieces.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The album suffers some of the worst adjectives any musician can hear: boring, forgettable, and embarrassing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Many of the tracks on Dos! are merely soulless specters of previous work from Green Day's "golden-age."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Magic Hour's never exactly bad. It's worse than that. It's boring.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unoriginal, haphazardly thrown together and lacking most of what could make it the least bit enjoyable, Places Like This just proves that Architecture in Helsinki is a one trick pony.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Only three tracks are of sufficient quality to have seen the light of day and it means you can't help but question the motives behind the release of such an inessential collection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Now, there’s nothing wrong with something throwaway now and again, but it’s difficult to stomach over the course of eleven tracks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Colonia has an awful lot of ideas, but doesn’t really know what to do with them and the majority of tracks end up sounding messy and--like the rest of us following Christmas--carrying a little too much extra weight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Given that these songs mostly clock in under two minutes, that should be enough to carry the flat arrangements and melodies, but it's not.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The bottom line here is that this is a boring album, plain and simple.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    I'll admit, the songs on Babel wouldn't be so painful if it weren't for the god-awful "deep" lyricism of Marcus Mumford.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This record is half as clever as it thinks it is, and utterly inessential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Mostly everything is contrived and cliché, lifted from a stock collection of guitar rock and electro rock of the past ten years.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Vices & Virtues bucks that somewhat healthy trend in entirely the wrong manner, and represents exactly the kind of the uninspired drudgery of Americana indie rock that has emerged in the wake of the likes of My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The girls are solid musicians, and they’ve structured their little songs well enough. The record is pretty short too, clocking in at 24 minutes, which is good, because I was bored already at the 15 minute mark.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Save for a few tracks, you get exactly what you'd expect from a band like Dead Confederate: middle of the road alternative rock music with seemingly little depth and a whole lot of cliches.