Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 372 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Biokinetics [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 40 EVE
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 372
372 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gonzalez outdoes himself on Hurry Up, We're Dreaming: a double album in tribute to the hefty documents of pre-digital, pre-iTunes yesteryear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A diverse, compelling tapestry of 2-step, house and broken beats.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glass Swords is a place where pleasure is the only constant: it doesn't matter that he's playing with self-consciously "cheesy" sounds or untouchable genres when the songs are this good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen on a good system and you'll be entrapped and immersed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghost People is the sound of Martyn cozying up to house music and mastering it, as close to focused and standing still as a restless artist like him could ever get.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like its musical parent, Without You effortlessly inhales and exhales strands of musical influence past, present and future.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drone lives and dies by its inviolability and rigidity, but Lopatin throws that away in favor of something madder, weirder and altogether more enticing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just Jamie Teasdale, an already accomplished producer, freely chasing his inspiration and coming out the other end with near genius in the process.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We can imagine these 32 tracks stretched out in three hours, and we can enjoy the way they squeeze into 76 minutes equally well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the record is certainly appreciable on purely musical terms--this is evocative, heart-tugging stuff--when knowledge of Kirby's intent lurks underneath the damaged acetate grooves, it becomes something else entirely: A poignant interrogation of memory loss and aging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Patten is clearly willing to toy with his numerous ideas in lieu of easy hooks, and he concedes remarkably little here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's tricky to make music this mopey without sliding into shtick, but Holy Other pulls it off, balanced right on the brink of bathos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Stay Together isn't a retread of Passed Me By, it's a continuation--but there are signs of life this time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An elegant and often bewitching entrant in the surfeit of night-weary synthscapes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glimmer has enough to rope back in jilted Treny fans, but is steady-footed enough to find acolytes in drone and ambient communities as well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    U&I
    This new U&I long player is a welcomed return to form and Leila's most gripping work to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, Vibert's approach to drum & bass still sounds unique, although there are some signs that this was produced in the '90s if you're looking for them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Equal parts rock, hip-hop and experimental, it's one of the most interesting records of the year thus far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs reunited on The Singles should be celebrated by anyone fascinated by the UK's long tradition of tuneful eccentrics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visions is marked by a number of characteristics that make up a broad swathe of forgettable, barely-there music-it sounds distant, cheaply produced, with songs that seem to flutter in and out of earshot rather than command attention-but it's executed with such personality, earnestness, and feeling that it feels so much louder and present than it really is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A singularly impressive work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hive Mind, follows in the vein of "Ital's Theme" by focusing on warm, softly throbbing textural slides over insistent 4/4 rhythms to forge a kind of day-drifted vagabond music akin to the work of acts like Blondes or The Miracles Club.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Patience is one of Kirby's most consistent and stylistically severe albums in recent memory, mostly solo piano with the occasional vocal thrown in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is one of the most emotionally powerful synth albums in a time where they seem absolutely dime a dozen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They! Live is a lovely, highly listenable release, flowing effortlessly in a way that most house music albums can only hope for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Demdike fans will have heard a lot of this stuff by now, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker are still better than just about anybody else in the way that they thread found sound, field recordings, library music and generated sounds and beats... one hell of a package.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ekstasis is brimming with them though [moments that are avant-gard yet instantly accessible] -an album so coherently constructed that it's perhaps more notable for its instants, its moments and sequences, than its full tracks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the hands of artists as confident and unflinching as these three, the scope for discovery and growth becomes infinite. The darkest of gems.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its referential qualities, this is a record that is confident in its own distinct character.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A surprisingly coherent record full of vignettes that feel alternately archival, ethnographic and as usual, flickering and ephemeral-glimpses of musicality that flutter away just when you get comfortable.