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 Welcome Interstate Managers
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Elkington's wry, sodden compositions are enlivened with sparse yet crisp instrumentation and steady melodies. Imagine shoegazer tendencies jolted by the cattle prod of Midwestern edgy folk rock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Annie has delivered a solid pop record that does a lot of things well, but -- and this is the important thing -- that's what we should expect from all of our pop records.... Anniemal isn't a high-water mark; it's a benchmark.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It shakes the foundations of our music-consuming habits and plays with our genre expectations; it fucks with our minds a bit, just for kicks, and, more importantly, liberates us from the pernicious tyranny of monotony.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the process of refining their sound, Dressy Bessy appear to have sacrificed a little too much of their uniqueness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Honeycomb isn't a great album -- it's too tentative and self-restrained for that -- but it's quite a good one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So infectiously content are the Oranges that they can make even the most jaded listener bop his/her head or tap his/her foot to their power pop structures -- but this is also their downfall.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the lack of further experimentation in the songwriting becomes tiresome after a while, overall the band seems comfortable and happy to be playing together again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Holopaw's delicate, subdued second album lacks their debut's sharp peaks and valleys.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It isn't identical to Mass Romantic or Electric Version, but it differs from them in ways that probably could have been predicted, modeled and simulated.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Knitting Needles and Bicycle Bells is the sort of album you put on when you're in the mood for a particular sound -- and the sound in question is echoing and catchy, yet depressive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surgery is quite an impressive effort, sporting just the right combination of nods to their influences and carefully balanced instrumental execution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music is comfortable, lacking the self-conscious over-rehearsed feeling of other new bands.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Noah's Ark retrenches CocoRosie in their signature sound and gives us a glimpse of their indubitably eccentric future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This isn't really one of those cases where bands like Wire or Mission of Burma or Vashti Bunyan come back years later with stuff that ranks among their best, but it isn't bad, either -- not bad at all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Plat du Jour is a more interesting an outing for remaining ambivalent in spite of itself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Clientele have crafted another lovely batch of tunes, perfect for autumnal introspection and wintry solitude -- but somehow it doesn't seem like enough.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Slug hasn't grown a whole lot.... Still, his lyricism and delivery are generally smart and entertaining, and Ant's production goes even further toward making You Can't Imagine... a thoroughly enjoyable record.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some listeners may find the results to be a little bland for their tastes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gimmie Trouble reminds us that Adult. don't sound like anyone else... Not even themselves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These are love songs destined for indie purgatory -- the emotions are too real for corporate radio, the hooks too poppy for Indie 103.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bell Orchestre don't always make good on their ambitions, but the results are often excellent, despite (and usually because of) their sloppiness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a fractured album that spent several years in limbo, Amber Headlights does two things very well: it's an impressive introduction to Dulli's far-reaching musical talent, and a spiritual cleansing for the wry vocalist himself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like it fast and rough and dirty, this one's for you
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though A Colores is rather uneven, it's a compelling-- and more than competent-- effort.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The technical skill and creativity at work here are enough reason to give DJ Me DJ You more than a passing listen, even if the songs don't make your head bob up and down and your feet tap.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Opener "Glisten" is anybody's masterpiece.... This instrumental brings so much anticipation to the rest of this record, it's no wonder I'm partly disappointed with The Listener: Gelb can't and doesn't deliver a dozen more songs like "Glisten".
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there's undoubtedly a wealth of ideas to be found here, listenability is the real wildcard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When the formula works, the results are quite impressive, but at other times the songs simply fall flat, victims of their own overly simplistic and repetitive arrangements
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Sleepy Strange offers seven mid-tempo rock songs, most with the inevitable country leanings that a pedal steel creates. These pieces lack anything even remotely resembling a sense of direction or urgency; Japancakes' songs don't travel from Point A to Point B so much as wander up and down the street in front of Point A and dig odd little things out of the lawn. Some listeners will love it, while devotees of single-minded purpose will positively hate it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    However, while Looks at the Bird's expanded arrangements are more conventionally "listenable" than much of Field Recordings, this comes at a small price.