Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 674 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 Biokinetics [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 36 Déjà-Vu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 674
674 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever the differences on Narkopop, the album is remarkably true to the project's past: this is music that takes inspiration from childhood memories, bygone eras and the natural world. The results can feel like another dimension, but the album is also intensely personal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whether he's rapping about stripping copper out of abandoned houses or addiction, Brown manages to wring humor and, somehow, relatability out of grim personal stories.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to argue with the result anyway: Its slow build and aching vocals stand out as a purposeful moment of perfection on a record chock full of them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adorned with production that's as sympathetic to UK underground dance as it is to modern R&B and classic soul, Devotion is a classy affair that delights in its own refinement yet stays pinned to the earth, a talented singer and songwriter realizing her potential at just the right moment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best moments, async combines Sakamoto's history in acoustic music with his legacy in electronic music.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shepherd's flawless Eglo catalogue had the power to coax his followers off the dance floor with him, and Elaenia's sophisticated sense of musical accomplishment ought to keep them there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    For Those Of You stands apart as a significant step up in Leeds' journey to carve out and master his own musical form.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Are Eternity is like a long and endless tunnel: for all its twists and turns, you're always in the same sensory deprivation chamber.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    "Junkies" is the album's only weak moment. The others, while never delivering the thrills of "Six Figures" or "Solemn Days," slowly reveal a different kind of charm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever Loop The Loop's flaws, Jenkins has definitely found his C, and he's justifiably pleased about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dependent and Happy sounds like the hungriest dance music that Ricardo Villalobos has recorded in some time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Islands might not have the far-reaching social insights of Routes, but it shows that Idehen's personal world is almost as gripping.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rhythmically, Ben UFO is giddy, ebullient even. Which is why, even at his most corrosive, he is not just a very smart "crate-digger," but also a phenomenal party starter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He might have translated his sound into electronics with Excavation, but here Krlic's music feels more wrenchingly human than it ever has been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Over its 20 minutes, the EP pushes dance music through violent twists and turns until it becomes disorienting and startling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like most Caribou albums, Our Love is a grower.
    • 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.
    • 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.