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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
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
    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a quiet pearl. It may spin a few times before you notice. [#46, p.32]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sounds exactly like its predecessor, except the songs are shorter and less interesting. [March 1999]
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    • 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]
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