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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Again raises the standard for thoughtful, well-crafted pop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Madlib or MF DOOM, Four Tet is at the crest of the electronica/hip-hop wave, forcing the genre's evolution into new realms and making everyone else look like amateurs in the process.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Australian band's trademark winsome optimism, clever heartbreak and bittersweet cuteness are in classic form here, only lusher and more layered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Man-Made is among the finest collections of pop songs any of us will hear all year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just for followers, Minimum-Maximum is perfect for the old-school, drawing a new crowd of robot poppers and maybe convert a few disbelievers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It highlights their talent for finding the core of invention within repetition, and suggests far greater peaks (and much greener valleys) in their future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saying that the man knows his way around a hook is an understatement: he throws hooks around like an incandescent bulb does photons.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine a band coming along this year with a better or more enjoyable debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not Them, You brims with all the bravado and swagger that its title suggests.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their expanded sound, with its explosions of noise and romantic swells, deserves reconsideration by fans and skeptics alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most remarkable thing about Tournament of Hearts is that technically, it is the Constantines' slowest, jazziest, most countrified release to date, but it doesn't give an inch of intensity when it's compared to their self-titled debut or the landmark Shine a Light.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than detract from the funkified weirdness, the guest spots from the Adult Swim crew actually add to the craziness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a wonderful album -- and a significant advance over the excellent Sung Tongs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metric take rock 'n' roll to a smarter, more sophisticated place than do most of today's American bands.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are very few artists who could pick up where they left off after ten years, or even five. To do this after half a lifetime is extraordinary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is completely different from either Akron/Family's or Angels of Light's work from earlier this year, and in Akron's case, represents a startling pace of artistic development.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through smart songcraft, a powerful command of pop vocabulary, and skillful track sequencing, Dios Malos deliver an album that expands and grows more complicated with every listen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One hell of a good album.... [It] retains the intelligence of Prewitt's Sea and Cake work and melds it to rock and roll songcraft.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent and memorable album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For sixty-two glorious minutes, Barry Adamson can add a little danger, a little glamor and a little seamy excess to your humdrum existence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their strongest effort to date.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imagine, if you will, The Creation, 13th Floor Elevators and Bruce Haack allowed to run wild in Abbey Road studios for two weeks, and you’ll have an insight into the Howl’s sound.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seldom has "laptop" music been more magical or more joyful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    AmAnSet gives us dance music that's perfect to sit down and listen to, opening an imaginary club in our heads.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its startling brand of dreamlike space-folk, while reminiscent of earlier efforts like Stereopathic Soul Manure, is a wholly unique venture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the diverse array of styles on display throughout Lost Planets..., this is Sprout's most cohesive set of songs to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a dense, matte-black monoblock of furious sonic energy -- ultra-compressed riffs, barely controlled bursts of feedback, and lyrics more urgent and angry than anything Wire have done in the last twenty-odd years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans who still have a great deal of admiration for eighties Wire will probably be most pleasantly surprised by Read and Burn 02.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fog
    Broder gently provokes your senses with curious combinations of divergent instruments, creating a collection of progressive musical oddities that is entertaining as well as musically fascinating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though Lemonjelly.ky's cover looks like something straight out of Wavy Gravy’s closet, its sound owes much more to the work of '60s luminaries like John Barry, Esquivel and Jean-Jacques Perrey.