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 The Wedding
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The tunes just circle like SUVs in a parking lot; there are traces of a head of steam, of a nod towards explosive tune-structures, but it seems the ball is dropped at the last minute in favour of a holding-pattern approach -- the familiar bassline and chorused keys. It's a letdown.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A fairly average jaunt into familiar indie rock territory.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While the album's bouts of strangulated sexuality are initially stirring, this lack of melody eventually dooms Do Rabbits Wonder? to wallow in a torpid swamp of half-formed ideas and analog squall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unlike Leona Naess the musician, Leona Naess the album is nearly forgettable, such is the perfection of its production and cardboard cut-out lyrical and musical themes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Aside from being tracked incorrectly (on my copy anyway) and not always being of the choicest sound quality, Sad Sappy Sucker shows that Modest Mouse’s rise to the pinnacle of indiedom started at the bottom, just like everybody else.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As Higden struggles to make his way to the forefront, his bandmates appear greedy, desperately reaching for moments of startling stateliness -- much to the detriment of the songs themselves, which are lost in an atmospheric morass with delusions of (Radiohead) grandeur written all over it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's not quite enough to justify the addition of another album to the Blondie catalogue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Sha Sha is certainly ripe with hooks and strong in stylistic concept, the songs are woefully one-dimensional and marred by immaturity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With an approach that seems so clinical, the album sounds cold and soulless -- and, well, boring.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Yes, it has a certain something that makes you bob your head and/or shake your ass to songs that you'd probably be ticked off by if someone drove past your pad blasting them out his windows. But no, it's not the stuff that great CDs are made of.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Whereas Walking With Thee was a wonderful relief in the indie/retro-rock world, pushing the band's internal parameters and the idea of what pop music should sound like, Winchester Cathedral feels more like a roadblock, or at least a pit stop, rather than a step forward in Clinic's previously innovative evolution.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The quality is uniform, but below par.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Slick, well-constructed and mall-friendly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's not necessarily a welcome change, as drugged-up, dubbed-out majesty has always been Fearless's stock-in-trade, but there's something oddly captivating about these dusky grooves and forlorn moods that makes it difficult to view the project as a failure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With Frances the Mute, the Mars Volta have unfurled a big and bold artistic statement... Unfortunately, that bold artistic statement is rife with pomposity and glimpses of prog-rock at its most horrifically self-indulgent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The album, while competent, is thoroughly flawed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Milk Of Human Kindness grabs at elements of its predecessors, but they're often the wrong ones.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The least interesting, least engaging Sleater-Kinney album ever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Middling music that shoots for epic and edgy, but takes far too few chances and falls short of its fans' expectations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    O'Connor's lack of subtlety eventually grows tiring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's nothing distinctive about it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    They hit all the right notes and create the right hooks for success, at least in theory, but for all the passion in Jake Snider's voice, he might as well be singing about the ham sandwich he ate for lunch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Julia and Lena's voices are nothing special, and their lyrics are still derivative -- suitable fodder for Charmed or a Rachel Leigh Cook movie, but not the sort of thing that makes a lasting impression.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
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    An overblown, overhyped dreamy swirl of sound that can't commit itself to being anything.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If the whole record could be as good as the first ten seconds of "Artificial Light", it would be great. But it isn't.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As recently as last year it looked like The Datsuns might be next in line to make arena-sized, super-popular rock the way Zeppelin, AC/DC and G'n'R did. They still might, but it's going to take better songs than these.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Songs too slow to dance to and too annoyingly repetitive for passive listening.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dangerous Dreams' late arrival was nearly enough to doom it to obscurity, but the disc's lack of new ideas puts the final nail in the coffin.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    While a few of the songs -- like BMG's team-up with Esthero for a cover of "White Rabbit" -- may generate momentary interest, they all sound a little too much like commercial radio fodder, their quirks depressingly predictable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The low points are easier to spot than the highs, which tend to peak at a low elevation.