Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 692 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 Room(s)
Lowest review score: 36 Déjà-Vu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 692
692 music reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The duo's linear arrangements could keep a dance floor chuntering along, but they make for clunky pop songs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The album is a ultimately a disappointment, but it has its moments nonetheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Rustie's purism exposes the limitations of his style.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    It's something more functional, familiar and safe.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The sheer density of his music is its most interesting quality, but also a weakness. Like the panicked crowds filling the streets in your favourite disaster movie, Stringer's tracks run in a hundred directions at once and ultimately get nowhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    After working together on and off for years, this trio obviously have a special connection, but it's only apparent in fits and spurts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Good pop is often pliable, its message broad or ambiguous enough for listeners to flex it to their taste. Political pop can be like this without compromising its message, but most of Hopelessness has no interest in pliability. It regards its audience as either fervent believers in Anohni's cause or a pop mass in need of blunt polemic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Those few powerful moments [on Boy] are the exception rather than the norm. Their rawness is an essential element that could have lent Skilled Mechanics the sort of organic, internalized anxiety that once defined Tricky.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    When it comes to grime producers, there are two kinds: those who simply make music and those who act as creative directors, getting involved with collaborators, arrangements and often more. Judging from the unevenness of Disaster Piece, he needs both.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    What's most disheartening about 32 Levels is how it floats by anonymously for 37 wishy-washy minutes, which is especially hard to take from a producer whose tracks used to command your attention.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Where Rashad's best work was light and agile like an expert dancer, some of Taso's tracks feel like they're dragging their feet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Where Mala In Cuba boiled, Mirrors barely gets to a simmer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Beneath its stylish veneer, Unspell lacks substance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    As a whole, the music is warm and pleasant, even occasionally gorgeous, but it feels a bit bloodless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Much like switching on a 24-hour news channel, No No is engrossing for the first ten minutes or so. Then the parade of lurid images continues, and sure enough, they give you a headache.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    There's a dreamlike logic to much of Care: it's atmospheric, but it doesn't make sense.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Despite the name, Crooked Man's greatest fault is ultimately how straight Barratt plays it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Where Bad Vibes had a dynamic range of feeling, Dark Red is melodramatic to the point of being alienating.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Runddans is an intriguing and sometimes fun experiment, but it's not quite a meeting of great musical minds.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    Caracal has the effect of a magician performing a trick twice in a row, rendering once clandestine, miraculous movements suddenly obvious, over-rehearsed and unnatural.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even though Brighter falls short, in this context it does illustrates that the indie WhoMadeWho infuse their dance with has more funk and attitude than most.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Listening to Imagin is like pulling on a old pair of trainers: comfortable, familiar and, ultimately, rather boring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A somewhat stunted, companion piece to their debut, all the more frustrating for their lack of real development.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ghettoville doesn't sound like the work of a producer who's no longer able to make wondrous music; there's enough craft and intention here to suggest that, for whatever reason, he just didn't this time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's an excellent 12-inch (or two) hidden in Addison Groove Presents James Grieve.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Reachy Prints is a bravura performance that lacks bite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Brute's most interesting flourishes are all surface-level. Take them away and you're left with Al Qadiri reusing the same musical ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The reason that the DJ-Kicks series has remained relevant is that even at its so-called worst, it was still saying something about the overall state of electronic dance music. With Gold Panda's entry-despite its cleverness and state-of-the-art, diverse penchants-you're left with the impression the famous !K7 cycle has nothing more this time than a muted episode on its hands.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Glow dumbs down Niemerski's music into mass market-ready chunks.