Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 598 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Room(s)
Lowest review score: 36 Déjà-Vu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 598
598 music reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Biokinetics has aged so well that it could easily pass for a new album. The production level is exceptional by today's standards, and it has more teeth than much of the music it inspired, especially contemporary dub techno, most of which sounds vanilla by comparison.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These very much sound like live performances, and they're all the better for it. Short of seeing him in concert, Spaces is as close as you'll get to hearing Frahm at his best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificently re-mastered... an exemplary introduction to the duo.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loud City Song is her most broadly scoped and epic album to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Following shaky albums from both Yorke and Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool suggests that they were right to keep the faith.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The set stumbles, though, when it's at its most raucous.... When Green trusts his own downbeat instincts, though, LateNightTales feels comforting in a way few mixes do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Art Angels wipes the fog from her lens and lays out her vision, clear and uncompromising.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever's at the heart of these sonic fictions, it drove Crampton to reach for new audio possibilities, not for the sake of novelty but to keep pace with the futurity of her visions. It sets the album apart from other pieces of audio collage because it's not sound design for sound design's sake: it's what's required to bring the drama to life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's almost certainly the producer's most ambitious and most vital work since Untrue.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole album bleeds into one magnificent mess, thanks in part to some incredibly short track times, but also to the nature of the music itself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Even if Have You In My Wilderness is Holter's most accessible record to date, it's riddled with enough puzzles, lyrical twists and delicate refinement to remain intriguing listen after listen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fetch picks up right where Horizontal Structures left off: von Oswald allowing the group's myriad tones and timbres to bleed out and coagulate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's so much blood and soul poured into Music for the Quiet Hour that it almost feels effortless. Along with the fascinatingly fragmented Drawbar Organ EPs, the box set presents what's either a closing chapter or a new beginning in the career of one of electronic music's most luminous illuminati.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Some tracks, like "Mouth Mantra," simply feel overcrowded. The Haxan Cloak, who mixed the album, struggles to find clarity in busier moments. But the story, visceral and tragic, transcends these imperfections in the telling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a kind of pure, cathartic rage in Virgins and it leaves moments of intense peace in its wake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    once Random Access Memories unravels, it is, at its best, pretty magnificent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    What we're left with is an uneven album that's rarely as profound or as meaningful as it tries to be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With nothing more at their disposal than techno's characteristically sparing palette, Dozzy and Neel have built something so rich that it has the feeling of a feature presentation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reform Club is full of conventional beauty; protracted strings and pads which soar, pulse, float or shimmer on a dub-tinged substrate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    As the realised aspirations of Myson's inner-teen, Hollowed is startlingly articulate and mature.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A standout record in an already peerless discography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Jlin has plenty to say, and she has a remarkably strong and distinctive voice with which to say it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though he's had plenty of strong releases in the past, this one has the inspired feeling of an artist truly finding his footing--a breakthrough, in other words.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    In the end, LP1 is probably the most singular pop album of the year. It's testament to how emotionally affecting one person's realised vision can be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pete Swanson isn't "going" anywhere but his own scorched-earth path. If you can withstand the heat, it's probably worth following him for a bit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking touchstones from familiar genres and refiguring them into something completely new, it's like a microcosm of the label as a whole.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Science Fiction Dancehall Classics is a treasure trove for newcomers as well as On-U completists (there's a generous number of previously unreleased tracks), and a fascinating piece of dance music genealogy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Jester is one of the most accomplished noise albums of the last several years. Excellent are the chances that it will go down as one of his very finest works.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that finds Cantu-Ledesma orchestrating perhaps the most gorgeous ambience of his career so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They massage the album's plentiful organic charges into a sonic puzzle with an almost symphonic reach, one that's as challenging, bounteous, and ultimately unknowable as anything you'll hear this year.