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 Dangerous Magical Noise
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's as important to women in hip-hop as Joni Mitchell, Madonna and Sleater-Kinney were to their respective genres.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    HaHa Sound is a good example what a talented band can do in an era of infinite possibilities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As spiritual as Talib Kweli, as musically complex as Mos Def, as joyfully syncopated as the Roots, Power in Numbers sets the standard for intelligent hip hop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As perfect a brew as this is, it's Gelb's voice and lyrics that push the music into otherworldly territories.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even taking into account his work with the Replacements, this is the album on which every song is truly worth hearing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is great stuff, and a significant advance over both of Comets on Fire's previous albums.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely is so-called "difficult music" so rewarding, and rarely is it so simple.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The complexity and depth of the songs has increased; the band sounds less like they're trying to channel The Pixies, and more like they're reaching toward the sublime.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Picks up, astonishingly, exactly where the band left off, not exactly retracing old paths but branching off of them into new and exciting vistas.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pawn Shoppe Heart is the most electrifying album to have trawled its way out of the Detroit gutter in ages, effortlessly showing up [The White Stripes'] White Blood Cells in the process.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    True to its title, The Slow Wonder is a much more relaxed and toned-down, yet no less complete listen than Electric Version or Mass Romantic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best and most moving albums of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No More Shall We Part is a beautiful, elegant record, capably fulfilling the promise of The Boatman's Call, but it exacts a harrowing toll from the listener. This is not a record to which you can listen lightly; if used as background music it will gradually darken your mood, like poison seeping slowly into a well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've truly hit their stride on Universal Audio.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shine A Light is metallic, screamo-ing, ear-bursting, confused and chopping. And man, it's great.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the breeziest, catchiest discs I've heard in a while.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make no mistake about it, The White Stripes are the real deal, and if they can continue to kick out the jams as they do on White Blood Cells, everyone else would be well advised to get the fuck out of their way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No one else is making literate, story-based pop this good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all of Walking with Thee's obvious musical accomplishments, its most impressive facet is the ability to transcend all the hype, hoopla and haranguing surrounding its release.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of Cave's best album in years, if not an immediate candidate for a career highlight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of a man in perfect harmony with himself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Coast... sounds more logical, deliberate and downright organic than its predecessor. It's simply a more accomplished recording; because the band had enough time in the studio, they were able to fine-tune the sound to their satisfaction, creating an album that moves them forward on every front.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If he's not this generation's most raggedly refined songwriting presence, then he's certainly in the top ten percent of his class -- a bona fide show-stopping tunesmith on a par with giants Elliott Smith, Ron Sexsmith and Richard Davies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not a happy album, but it might be a great one, taking the Western swagger of Dog in the Sand into bleak and stunning territory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no shortage of understated brilliance on Love Songs for Patriots.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is infectious in the best and most viral sense of the word -- the songs get under your skin and thrash around.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band has revealed a seething, visceral, rocking side of their music.... a shimmering Album Of The Year contender.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's emotion, extraordinary technique, and a surprising, oh-so-welcome passion in the singing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's powerful, clever, and you can dance to it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A terrific and long-overdue reissue that's sure to satiate established fans as well as the new converts it hopes to earn.