Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 430 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Syro
Lowest review score: 40 By Your Side
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 430
430 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
    • 82 Critic Score
    Jlin has plenty to say, and she has a remarkably strong and distinctive voice with which to say it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's almost certainly the producer's most ambitious and most vital work since Untrue.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    A standout record in an already peerless discography.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another excellent long player to savor from Monolake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Angels & Devils marks an evolution of the sound that made London Zoo a classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most fully formed and wholly unique record in his discography.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like most of his records, his self-titled LP shows a talent that stretches well beyond house music, weaving together funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and R&B into a rich and unpredictable bricolage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like a miniaturized epic, and it sees Mendez touch on all the established hallmarks of his already renowned sound, embellishing it here and there with grandiose flourishes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's a testament to Lennox's dexterity that these brief detours into soft introspection only enhance the wondrous breadth and vision of Panda Bear Versus The Grim Reaper.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the phantom motion you feel laying in bed after long hours in transit, Themes for an Imaginary Film is bound to stick with you, drawing you in deeper with each turn of the ignition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immunity is a journey to be savoured, revisited regularly in the knowledge that some new landmark will emerge each and every time.