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 Start Breaking My Heart
Lowest review score: 10 First Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a remarkable album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His vision appears to be his own, and just happens to coincide with both the director's and the author's visions also, resulting in one of the best soundtracks -- and albums -- I've heard in a long time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They now trade in a world of startlingly bleak, matte-black liquid-crystal experimental pop perfection pitched somewhere between John Cage's frightening austerity and the bittersweet squall of Swell Maps. Art-pop doesn't get any more accessible than this.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No, it's not the new White Stripes record -- it's something infinitely better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a band only three albums into their career, they're showing inordinate amounts of brilliance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ten
    Truly unlike anything else you'll hear this year, hip-hop or otherwise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Time and time again throughout Panda Park, 90 Day Men prove themselves a rare breed -- a band capable of embracing tradition without becoming overburdened by it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only has Grohl released a fantastic album, he has done a wonderful job giving several aging metal vocalists another fifteen minutes of fame.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tortoise have created another batch of distinct, inimitable songs that strike a perfect balance between the academic and the playful, the immediate and the eternal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wonderland is the sound of a band embracing and then discarding its past in order to forge ahead into a new tomorrow.... Undoubtedly one of the group's finest recorded moments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He's at the height of his powers here, as vital and relevant as ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghosts of the Great Highway easily ranks among the very best of Kozelek's dense discography, and it seems fair to suggest that it will become the measuring stick against which any future non-Red House Painters material is compared.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether the band is shakin' its collective art-rock ass to syncopated beats or barreling through treble-infused dueling guitar throwdowns, there's never a dull moment here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Recorded with an ear for detail but guided by a loose hand, this is the most open, welcoming Cat Power album yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terroir Blues is an excellent album released by a man who knows he's at the height of his powers, whether anyone else knows it or not.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Essentially, you get one disc on which Godspeed You Black Emperor tinkers with their sound a little bit, and one on which they deliver exactly what you've been expecting. That's a good mix.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Waiting For The Moon is a welcome and singularly strong addition to one of the most impressive catalogues in modern music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hayden has released an album of magnificent proportions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's classy, but also honest. Not a single emotion seems overplayed or exaggerated; you'll dance and sway to it because each song feels as organic as life, and the life it documents is nicely lit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Herren takes what amounts to a series of completely artificial electronic noises and whips them into one of the most soulful, funky, relentlessly compelling albums since the Neptunes' last outing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While many rock and electronic groups amble pleasantly along without a musical thought in their heads, country's combination of tradition and musicianship just keeps producing albums, like Chinatown, of a really tremendous caliber.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indolent, perturbed and volatile, Amazing Grace finds Pierce checking his wide-screen Spectorian visions at the studio door; he has opted, instead, for a coarse mix of electrified Southern gospel and somnabulent balladeering that has produced the most urgent Spiritualized album since Electric Mainline.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Team Boo is Mates of State's best album to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The Argument may not be as bracing as their groundbreaking work from a decade ago, it crystallizes the strengths of four musicians hitting every mark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a couple of trips through Trust, you might feel like I did -- uncertain whether you'd just had the best sex of your life, witnessed an astonishingly moving church service, or attended the funeral of a life-long friend.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Us
    As good as Loss was (and make no mistake, it was very, very good), Us improves on it in virtually every way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music is just as pure and personal and unintermediated as before, but it sounds better in every conceivable way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it delivers the triumphant rock 'n' roll thrills and oddball incantations promised by the GBV "brand", the most surprising thing about Earthquake Glue is that, at a point in his career when his inventiveness really should be waning (along with his libido and his prostate), Robert Pollard's creative spark seems brighter than ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The group has created an album filled not only with the timeless pop hooks you have come to expect but with the anthemic swagger that is the hallmark of many of the great rock recordings of the last 30 years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs may pay excessive homage in spirit, but their composition and divergent tones are wholly original.