Splendid's Scores

  • Music
For 793 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Internal Wrangler
Lowest review score: 10 Wikked Lil' Grrrls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A powerful masterpiece of an album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is simple, winding, hypnotic and beautiful, and it makes being human bearable for a while -- without in any way detracting from its essential tragedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A strong contender for album of the year, Shaking the Sheets is a masterpiece of fucked-up mod pop: political but not preachy, insistent yet never twitchy, respectful but never blatant.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Welcome Interstate Managers is a watershed accomplishment, surpassing the band's debut in terms of whimsical pop songcraft, lyrical astuteness and blind melodic ambition.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dangerous Magical Noise is rock and roll at its pure, shaggy best. If you're tired of that, you're tired of life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's achingly beautiful without relying on maudlin sentimentality to win the listener over. Genius.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Notwist can sculpt more emotional sounds and music into a compact and cutting four minutes than most can do in a career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Stills have always shown promise, but Logic Will Break Your Heart ascends far beyond anyone's wildest expectations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Source Tags and Codes is phenomenal. It's one of those albums that starts the listener on a seeminlgly unsustainable high note, and uses that as a launching point.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Absolutely essential!... It’s a coming-out party on the level of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every track on Hate surpasses the high standards set by its predecessor. Go buy it right now.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I defy you to find a more elegantly shambolic, soulfully homespun and, indeed, heartfelt album than this.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The sheer scope of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is so utterly breathtaking that repeat airings only reinforce its stunning songcraft and otherworldly sonic splendor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect synthesis of modern studio manipulation and old-time pop craftsmanship, shattering all notions of what pop music can, or for that matter, should be.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's simply wonderful -- bristling with pop masterpieces large and small, and reassuringly unburdened by Smith's deep-seated malaise.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Separation Sunday stands a chance of being one of 2005's true classics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Totally brilliant, mind-meltingly good, and as different from Secret Wars as possible, except that both of these albums could change your life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a wonderful album, full of heart, skill and intelligence, and sure to be recognized as a classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Double Figure is as instantly memorable, not to mention listenable an IDM record as you are likely to hear this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the few discs I've encountered that not only attempts to be something more than a simple album, but succeeds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of rich melodies, aggressive percussive breaks and richly textured atmospheres that intelligently synthesize the whole of electronic music history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pole is the sound of a restless musical talent and intellect seeking out like-minded collaborators, expanding their horizons, and producing an otherwise impossible synthesis.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taken alone, each of these songs sounds exciting and raw. Taken together, Low Kick and Hard Bop is further proof, if any was necessary, that this is a woman posessed of a singular talent and an even more singular vision.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a record in which Warren has fused elements of dance, rock, trance and folk to create exquisite pieces of crystalline future-leaning pop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt one of Callahan’s most inspired collection of songs to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skimskitta is a beautiful album. It is warm and enveloping. It is full of shadows but flashes with brilliance. It is oblique, yet often familiar. It is intelligent, inventive and inspiring. And it is very hard to put into words.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She Has No Strings Apollo is, if anything, a portrait of one of the most passionate bands you'll ever hear, at a time when they've fine-tuned their improvisational telepathy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like smart, complicated rock and roll that nevertheless puts on a show, they are as good as it gets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After you've listened to Rock Action for the first time, you may be hard pressed to believe that Mogwai merely wrote these songs; you'll feel as if they created these symphonies out of thin air, pulling gorgeous sounds from within the deepest recesses of the human soul. Eventually you'll come back down to earth and realize that Rock Action is by no means divine...but it is very, very good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Can Our Love... is a minimalistic jewel, a soul wonder and an anomaly in a pop world.