No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,651 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 Strawberry Jam
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,651 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is their Holy Bible--in other words this is an unknown quantity alright; it's Weezer's raw, emotive bastard child; and a great, brilliant, titanic blot on an often pristinely laundered back catalogue. For that reason in particular this is a thing to be cherished.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What's Going On is not only a remarkable album, but an opportunity to discover a seminal artist at the peak of his powers; an insight into a true modern genius of pop music.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In summation, though, there is not much you could ask for in a Big Star box set that is not included here.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The SMiLE Sessions is a superior version, its sound undeniably belonging to its era and the true brilliance of Wilson's compositions seeming to shine a tad truer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a whole, the record is a brilliant display of Kanye's range and influences, an opus of dirty hip-hop laid over haunting classically-inspired melodies.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still considered the band's last album as an underground presence, so it holds importance as something monumental in the band's development. As an album, Lifes Rich Pageant is enjoyable and clean.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These tracks are not enough to justify the second disc as anything more than marketing filler, so again, unless you've purchased the biggest, baddest, bank-breaking box set (complete with a replica of The Fly sunglasses), it would be smart to stick to the single-disc version.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sunbather needs not to be judged as black metal, post metal, or any other subgenre, but simply as heavy music--loud, visceral, beautiful heavy music.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its faults, Channel ORANGE still marks Frank Ocean out as an intriguing and exciting artist. It's a contradiction in many ways: a far-from-perfect album that suggests a long and prosperous career; an artist without an exceptional voice who looks like he will instead become an exceptional voice.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kendrick Lamar may not have saved hip-hop, but he's certainly provided us with one of 2012's best records.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a first album, The ArchAndroid is astoundingly accomplished. It would be a lie to say there aren't a few lulls in the back end of the record as Monae begins to take fewer risks, but only the truly seminal albums can keep the quality level so high for over an hour.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fair to say if you don’t find anything worthwhile somewhere in this record, you probably just don’t enjoy electronic music.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are adventurous pop songs with intricate arrangements and sophisticated chord structures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only are the songs uniformly excellent, they also show a mastery of the art of controlled dynamics, of tension and release, that most young bands ignore to pursue the catharsis of sustained intensity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the name may suggest, it's a daring, sprawling effort that simultaneously ventures beyond hip-hop and celebrates the genre's very history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Z
    An album you should definitely own, and a band you should definitely watch.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That’s the wonder of St. Vincent. It’s a personal album that’s well-written enough to provide something we can all identify with.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album is amazing. The reissue is amazing. The band is amazing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fed
    With Fed, Liam Hayes seems to know that he has made an overly ambitious, maybe even hubristic album. He also doesn’t seem to care much about that, making it that much more appealing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a confectionery of similarly colored assortments, The Idler Wheel... retrenches most of her past output, whether its wistful balladeering or sultry jazz, as a means of expelling a truly uncharacteristic voice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    MPP had aura to burn long before most of us heard it, but now those of us who have heard it and do love it know that this music will not be content to stand idle on the margins of tuneless hype. Time may very well lend Merriweather Post Pavilion a legend extraordinary enough to faithfully capture its myriad treasures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The dynamic range on the album is, quite literally, startling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the weak finish, Chutes Too Narrow is still a fantastic next step for the Shins, building on the wildly successful formula of Oh, Inverted World, while still managing to push their sound in new directions.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I love it the same way I love looking at signatures in my yearbooks: as distant reminders of past friends and better times. Sure, this album is awesome, but the fact remains that this is a continuation of an old idea in lieu of a new one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ta Det Lugnt is that rare joy, a work of art that both demands and rewards your attention.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Waits' best album since Rain Dogs, and may possibly be even better than that--only time will tell, but it will be time well spent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    They haven’t exactly lost their sense of intrigue, it’s just that on Dear Science it all sounds a lot less intriguing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A work of art, slightly rough around the edges and a little makeshift, but tremendously beautiful all the same.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The good news is that there is no real filler on the album, but this uniformity of quality equates to an album where every song is good, but where few are really great.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s as brazen, bold and brilliant as anything it’s done thus far. It is, as Thom Yorke claimed, very minimal. Yet, the album never sounds half-finished, but instead focused and refined. It’s as vital as anything the band has done.