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 Alice
Lowest review score: 10 First Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While The Secret of Elena's Tomb is over in less than 20 minutes, it's more impressive than what most bands do in an hour.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twitchy, insistent and more kinetic than a dancefloor covered with electric eels, Anxiety Always should establish Adult. as the anti-Fischerspooner -- an '80s-inflected duo whose garish stylistic flourishes are far outweighed by their extensive resonant merits.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sorry I Make You Lush runs on fresh sounds and non-drowsy wit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    The only real problem with i is the sheer volume of excellence we've all come to expect from Merritt.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Creek Drank the Cradle is very surreal, mythical, haunting; it creates a mood of warmth and comfort, and makes me feel as if I've been transported to another, far more peaceful plane of existence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far more mysterious and (perhaps not coincidentally) alluring than most Buckner outings, Dents and Shells is a claustrophobic comedown album wrapped in disillusion and sorrow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beauty in all this melancholy is that, interspersed among the reverberating guitars and mournful keyboards, you'll find an assortment of cheerful instruments, such as the accordion, that help to create an underlying tone of optimism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nastasia's gaze is still directed inwards, obsessed with the vivid minute imagery of relationships and an increasing dark streak -- a still-blackening air.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A welcome blast from the past.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their most musically adventurous yet artistically grounded record to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elephant isn't one of those albums that'll change your life, or your tastes, or even the face of your music collection -- it's just a strong and consistent collection of powerful rock songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It takes Ta Det Lungt a while to lay down its grooves in your head, but once it does, they stay there.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mercury Rev's unique talent lies in their ability to take a page from nearly every book and mold it into their own nuanced brand of music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Give Up's one real pitfall is that, on the whole, it sounds almost exactly like you'd expect a collaboration between these two men would, or for that matter, should, sound -- which certainly isn't to say that the music isn't enjoyable, or memorable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Add N to (X) have retained their sense of direction and honed their sound into a powerful and persuasive entity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you take your pleasure from the sheer palpability of the music -- the way it walks icy fingers up and down your spine, and paints pictures in the air, so real you could step into them -- Blacklisted will enjoy a long, happy stay in your CD player.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mature, elegant effort, full of richness and depth.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can listen to the disc over and over and never get bored; there's always a new musical idea to discover in a place that you didn't expect to hear it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most [tracks] work quite well with the multifaceted rhythms and constantly evolving beats that make each of the tracks here a true expression of creativity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The hour-long Love & Distortion never loses steam; it delivers on its title, and is unique enough to avoid lyrical banality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At their best, Some Girls can sound like the Stones fronted by Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies -- a contradictory mix of rough passionate instrumentals and vocals that are airy and unconcerned.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These minimalist songs are surprisingly and undeniably funky.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a disc that springs to life under closer inspection but also serves quite capably as background music -- the kind that draws in casual listeners and gets them asking questions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the major differences between this and other Grandaddy releases is that Lytle finally seems comfortable in his role as production auteur.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can pinpoint a little Beach Boys here, some Nick Drake there and a bit of Sunshine Fix in-between, but the Fruit Bats sound like the Fruit Bats.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Davis's performance draws from a broad and intriguing range of influences, she has the makings of a singer in a class of her own. And rather than allowing Davis's uniqueness to carry them, the other members of Denali clearly favor a similarly eclectic aesthetic, riddling their music with pleasant musical surprises.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's intelligent and novel and manages to avoid sounding clichéd -- a bona fide feat these in these postmodern days
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seamlessly combines the choicest bits and bobbles of other acts into an overwhelming patchwork of sound and fury, but in the process, the band occasionally loses sight of their own identity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Electric Version does little to alter the successful New Pornographers formula. It's a longer, louder and (most importantly) more assured album than its predecessor, but if you liked Mass Romantic, you won't be disappointed. And if you disliked Mass Romantic, you may have a difficult time telling the two albums apart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Punk Rock bears little resemblance to the commodified dross that passes for punk in 2004; it's proud, smart, defiantly working-class stuff that'll remind you why the movement mattered.