Puncture's Scores

  • Music
For 12 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 90 The Noise Made By People
Lowest review score: 30 Bloodflowers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
12 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Broadcast revel in a compelling slowness, even at their most cheery, with melodies just beyond sing-along enveloped in soft basslines and fizzing samples. [#46, p.28]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its deft beauty fuses Marshall's powerful fears about the world and herself with her manifest belief in the divinity of song. [#46, p.34]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clocking in at an hour, and incorporating much schizophrenic style-hopping, this is far from the concession to one-dimensional economy often required for a major-label debut. [#47, p.53]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the cover art, the content of this album is fast, loud, and abrasive, filled with images of speed and violence.... Thankfully, it's not all pedal-to-the-floor mayhem. There are plenty of moments like the cascading synths and free-jazz horns of "Blood Money" to keep things less than predictable. [#47, p.35]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a quiet pearl. It may spin a few times before you notice. [#46, p.32]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This recording finds Saint Etienne a slower, gentler band--not nearly as shaken or stirred as past incarnations, but fuller and more vital-sounding than before. While some of The Sound of Water misses the mark, the songs that hit are great enough to make you jelly-kneed. [#47, p.51]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sounds exactly like its predecessor, except the songs are shorter and less interesting. [March 1999]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hardly surprising to find some dross here, I suppose, since the whole thing clocks in at 77 minutes, 26 seconds. For those willing to make their own "best of" tape, through, Ecsatsy has a lot to offer. [#46, p.33]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a predominantly love-song sound streaming though and through. There are honest-to-god numbers that color themselves well within the bounds of traditional pop standards, making it actually an easy listen--a departure for a band who made themselves synonymous with pushing the musical envelope. [#47, p.29]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But if the instrumentals are at times boring and over-shy, the heart of the record--and what gives the instrumentals something to bounce off--are the vocal tracks, which highlight both women's talent at melody and whimsical yet honest lyricism. [#47, p.42]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Friends of Rachel Worth is a good album, and features some of the best songwriting either of the pari have come up with since early in their solo careers.... How shall we sum it up, then? An interesting footnote. A fan club record.... [#47, p.25]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Smith focuses on his own artistic/existential questions to the exclusion of all else, including the record's production, which is completely monotonous, and its pace, which falls somewhere between a plod and a trudge. [#46, p.47]