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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Look, there's no question whatsoever that this is a well-put-together, carefully arranged and tastefully executed album created by a consummate craftsman. On the other hand, its palette (and, I fear, its audience) is limited to the placid and gently swaying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Last Night is a perfectly serviceable mellow slow-jam R&B record -- and that's a damned shame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there's nothing too stunning to be found on Three-Four, there's also nothing really sub-par.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    #1
    While there's no denying the hedonistic charm of "Emerge" or "Turn On", it's also obvious that the album slips easily into a beat-happy rut, never quite pulling off the total and complete transfixion it was so obviously designed to achieve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Optometry's highlights throw expectation to the wind. They're more than jazz, more than hip-hop, more than whatever the hell "illbient" actually is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Warren too often undercuts his successes by trying to impress us with his strangeness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like their NYC peers Liars and the Rapture, HHH are adept at fusing dancefloor polemics with angular guitar atmospherics, yet their sound lacks the sweat-soaked sexual ardor that those groups flaunt so remorselessly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not a bad album -- it's just not particularly notable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A curious beast -- dark, confused, displaced and often hopeless.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The aggressive stance taken on some of the songs brings an unwelcome "Is this Orgy?" feel to the affair.... If Gwenmars can produce more show-stoppers, and perhaps tone-down some of the aggresive stylings that creep in, they might become more than just a throwback.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As entertainment, Tenacious D succeeds surprisingly well -- for the first few listens.... The only long-term replay value you'll get from this record will come from playing it for friends who haven't heard it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    OST
    A watered-down mix of big-budget tricks and studio sheen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are some bands who were just meant to be great pop acts -- pop in the George Michael sense, pop in the Fleetwood Mac sense. Phoenix make music that your mom would like, and it's not a bad thing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you peel away the pretense, there's actually a fascinating album at work here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although the Cooper Temple Clause pack plenty of celestial firepower and darkwave ambiance into their six-minute movements, by the time they unveil the epic "Written Apology", the sheer compositional weight is too much for a mortal listener to handle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A mostly "hit" but occasionally "miss" effort that showcases both the band's maturation and its residual shortcomings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The band sounds richer, fuller and more confident. Sometimes they also sound a little too slick for their own good -- a nagging concern with "Disappear", among others -- but the studio glitz is matched by artistic maturity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're fifteen years old, female, and want to rebel, So Stylistic probably makes a lot more sense than a Bright Eyes record. If you're any older, it'll probably just make you feel dirty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a political album, Liberation may only be half-successful, but I'd still take angry Trans Am over the schlocky Trans Am of TA any day.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Harper performs his knock-offs so earnestly you'd think he were resuscitating some forgotten art, rather than aping tunes that are played 24/7 on oldies radio.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's far too much nondescript strumming and far too few meaningful hooks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's true that a lot of Musique Automatique can get old really fast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's good stuff, to be sure -- but if Hot Shots II excites you at all, it's probably time to lay off the pot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Finely crafted, if modestly affecting, froth-pop that bubbles over with dreary sexual overtones and loads of youthful paranoia.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sure, they meld muscular riffs with smoky organ meditations, folky landscapes, pompous orchestration and the occasional IDM skitter, but not without losing the transcendent detail that makes each of these genres worth savoring and holding on to.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not all Kinski fans will need, or even want, this disc, and the group seems to understand that.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their rehashed rawk riffage is relentlessly enthralling, but their beat-you-over-the-head scream-tactics lend themselves to a sludgy sameness that, by album's end, has worn its welcome pencil-thin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    However nice the guitar sounds, though, it's hard to ignore the fact that it's dressing up songs that would be a bit dull without it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The brittle treble-heavy assault is replaced with clarity, greater exploration of texture and more "professional" recording.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Anyone searching for a wholly absorbing listening experience should look (and listen) elsewhere.