No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,654 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 Nevermind [20th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
1,654 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is incredibly intriguing and was executed beautifully.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monoliths & Dimensions, present O’Malley and Anderson’s sonic murk as something to delve into, their inescapable walls of low-end suddenly beaming with purpose and a million and one instruments.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most spectacular and intense albums the group has released yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The narratives it employs are true to life, the reverb drenched instrumentation was rightfully summoned, and the substitution of dark undertones over lighter sensibilities that such genre was commonly known for were ditched with good reason. No wonder Slumberland has wholeheartedly embraced Black Tambourine's influence to their label. That's good enough reason to bring another of independent music's long forgotten cult stories into the forefront.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This will surely be counted as one of the most remarkable, individual, and adorable albums of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most noticeable difference from his previous work is that the three are symphonic, they have parts, and those parts are distinct, either marked by a certain loop, bass ostinato, drone, or tempo.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although For Emma, Forever Ago works best as a concise listen, as each song segues naturally into the next, tracks like 'Blindsided' and 'For Emma' quickly rise as shining standouts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a vital record, one that’s Nick Cave through and through, and whether he’s exploring his garage roots or his spooky, narrative tendencies it’s at all points a triumph.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Seer is 30 years' worth of effort, a unique and exciting height earned after decades of creation, experimentation and unconventional musical disassembly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection is simply a joy to listen to, with great singers lovingly rendering great songs with a talented producer at the helm.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    xx
    xx is a fantastically innovative album, and this band is exploring new territory.