Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 681 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Voices from the Lake
Lowest review score: 36 Déjà-Vu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 681
681 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A standout record in an already peerless discography.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Box
    Gas is the sound of a man freeing his mind and allowing it to wander. To listen to Box is to seize that same opportunity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While, in a sense, Room(s) is by definition an amalgamation of most of the trends and ideas floating around in the electronic music sphere at the moment, it sounds like nothing else, and its execution is so cutthroat and streamlined that it's nearly flawless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Product is simply forward-thinking, flawlessly-produced electronic music that wants no more than to slap a grin on the dance floor.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not sequenced in simple chronological order, Livity Sound feels like a real album even when you know it's not. That's a testament to the unity of their aesthetic and the clarity of their vision, with three years' worth of tracks from three different producers all sounding like they could have been made in the same session.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the dubstep/bass music continuum continues to splinter, recombine and reinvigorate itself ... Sepalcure seems to string all of these timbres and sub-sub-genres into a physically and emotionally bewitching take on post-everything dance music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's this combination of shadowy unknowability and full-hearted melody that makes Pull My Hair Back such an intriguing listen, and certainly one of the year's best debuts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is bone-chillingly gorgeous, right down to the feverish burst of pop strings that accompanies the final choruses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the most careful listener will be left wondering what it all means. Luckily, Boards Of Canada have laid out a riddle we won't tire of teasing out, embedded in a timeless sound unlike any other.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's peaceful and distantly serene, but with flickers of dissonance rubbing away at the edges. Those contrasting textures are part of what makes The Inheritors perhaps the year's most revealing and intriguing album yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Angels & Devils marks an evolution of the sound that made London Zoo a classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another excellent long player to savor from Monolake.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sirens is his best record because it's both his most straightforward and most experimental, his densest and lightest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, the LP has its eccentric moments, and it takes a long time to really get to know. But, as The Redeemer hinted and Black Metal proves, beneath all the YouTube sampling, bizarre press and one-off Russian blog releases, Blunt is a talented singer-songwriter with a keen ear for odd sounds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificently re-mastered... an exemplary introduction to the duo.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bronsert and Szary rarely break the mould here but it's instead one of the most accessible and effortlessly enjoyable dance music albums of the year.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its intrepid nonconformity, masterfully undercooked programming and swagger, it's hard not to view Transsektoral as anything other than a resounding success.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is difficult to pick any more jewels off this dance floor diadem, making the most as it does of the long player context.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their first record done entirely as a duo, and their most mature piece of music yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where 2009's By The Throat was ruthless but exacting, this one feels genuinely unhinged--and that unpredictability makes it far more thrilling than any engineered suspense could have been.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    II
    Where Moderat sounded at times tentative and disjointed, II is in every regard a better and more well-rounded record. If there were no third Moderat album, this would stand as a definitive statement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's bold, maybe even avant-garde, but from beginning to end it's raucous, barnstorming, chair-dancing fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In some ways it's arguably dubstep's first concept album, an expansive and visionary "what if," a dreamscape of a post-globalization, collapsed multicultural society where cultures collide uncontrollably.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music on µ20 is equally a view into that mind and its peculiar tastes. Though he rarely gets the level of recognition and respect as his good friend and one-time collaborator Aphex Twin, Paradinas is a visionary, an incredibly talented producer and a savvy curator.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is poignant and ragged with suffering, but it doesn't dwell there. It is also bright, optimistic and euphoric.