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 Leaves Turn Inside You
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As spectacularly successful as the Tindersticks have been in their tribute to the horror of Trouble Every Day, I'm hoping for a lighter confection from their next collaboration with Denis -- something more along the lines of Nenette et Boni.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is sensual, prophetic, dense and romantic, sumptuous and altogether eerie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yours, Mine, and Ours is a fantastic album. In fact, it's one of the best things I've heard so far this year. On the other hand, I can count at least three other albums that bear the Joe Pernice stamp that are better than this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Primal and raw and powerful, the Gossip's third full-length is straight-from-the-gut punk desperation tinged with the hope of gospel salvation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a hip-hop world ruled by clichéd production and watered-down beats, a sound so simultaneously funky and strange is, to say the least, a welcome change.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mass Romantic more than repays any musical debt owed by the good people of Canada. In fact, it’s going to take some pretty strong efforts by America's best and brightest to match The New Pornographers' achievements here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps there's nothing here as immediately catchy as "Tally Ho!" or "Getting Older", but the latter-day Clean are still amazingly good.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since We've Become Translucent does an almost unimaginably good job of adding heft, weight and, god I hate to say it, maturity to the garage idiom.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Revealing itself slowly, like the mythic tales acknowledged by the album's title, Folklore is certainly Sixteen Horsepower's most stunning and accomplished work yet, and an easy nominee for one of 2002's best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s quite a feat to create an album that is not only haunting, but uncompromisingly beautiful and utterly serene.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the covers on American III will attract the majority of listener attention, Cash’s own material steals the show.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine a troupe of gloomy cow-punks careening down a thundering Hawaiian pipeline and you've got a bead on their wildly divergent sound.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heart is an exceptional sophomore effort, bursting at the seams with pop content, but the prism through which it travels bends it, taints it and humanizes it in ways that are at once soul-clenching and unpretentious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As wonderfully crafted an album as Reconstruction Site is, some listeners will be put off by its perceived highbrow attitude; it's too scholarly for the masses, too pop-smart for the avant garde set.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rounds contains a new underlying sonic scrape that is brisk and windy and distinctly more dynamic than Hebden's previous, more placid outings, but the signature dense soul of his work is the same.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band's most realized effort to date -- a brilliant amalgam of dense future-primitive soundscapes and heartbreaking twilight flourish, bolstered by curveball arrangements and a sense of unified purpose.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous work of art.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that QOTSA turns in another genre-demolishing, hard-as-titanium album in Songs for the Deaf. This is not your father's metal. It's better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Mars Volta have not only revived prog-rock as a viable commodity; they've injected it with an electric vigor that the lumbering dinosaur hasn't witnessed in ages.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Love and Hate sounds fantastic, alternately steeped in warm, old school funk and terse, bubbly electroclash.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the album that should put Dressy Bessy on the big map.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically rich throughout, Everything and Nothing is a spotlight for Sylvian's stylish, Brian Ferry-inspired baritone, his fascination with eastern culture and spirituality and the beautiful orchestrations of songs like "God's Monkey", "I Surrender" and "Some Kind of Fool".
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from being a strikingly orchestrated affair that ranks among Quasi's best work, Hot Shit! is the fully-realized version of Quasi that Coomes has envisioned since the beginning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's another Merritt CD that's so good, it could radically alter the world if it was broadcast from the moon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Instinct is a showcase for an amazing voice and a band that knows how to build around it.... One of the best albums of 2003.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret Wars is more than a good album. It's an incredible experience, taking you out of your daily life into a mysterious and mind-changing space.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killing Joke feels as fresh and exciting as 1981's album of the same name.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A monster of an achievement.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exciting return to the days of the imaginative songwriter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few electronic artists working today have the balls or the skills to pull off an album as unconventional and uncompromising as Go Plastic...