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 Separation Sunday
Lowest review score: 10 First Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Les Savy Fav is quite conscious of what you want, and they keenly deliver the goods on their latest batch of solid tunes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ordered as it is wild, as gorgeous as it is gruesome, Lay of the Land is indeed a ballsy record.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not content to rely on the same old drum machine patterns and tired beats, TRR and I-Sound have concocted a vast sonic brew that blends elements of hip-hop, jazz and techno into a seriously stinging cocktail.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What this strange cast of characters eventually creates is a groovy mish-mash of up/down tempo breaks, hip-pop sound collages and the odd bout of guitar-driven frenzy that, while nearly impossibly to dance to, manages to expose most other DJs as the talentless, not to mention painfully derivative crate-raiders they truly are.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In short, this may not be an album you'll want to listen to every day, but its disproportionate number of "Holy shit!" moments should earn it a spot close to your stereo.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Control stands apart from previous Pedro the Lion releases because its harder material is among its most satisfying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music here is never outright parody, and there's evidence that real work went into creating this record -- it isn't a lightweight effort designed to cash in on retro-trendiness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fulfilled/Complete has a raw, compelling urgency.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas the band once seemed to dawdle and wander aimlessly through beds of noise, this new tight formation sees hooks, standard song structures and recognizable melodies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've heard the group's last few albums, Milk Man won't seem like a notable refinement or a grand statement of purpose; they're just breaking the pop song mold, over and over again, and doing consistently inventive things with the fragments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The New Year's sound is fraught with contradictions, soft melodies and pretty strumming stretched over tricky rhythms and acerbic lyrics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They sound poppy and upbeat and melancholy all at once.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its ten tracks wend their way through a forest of oblique metaphors, kaleidoscopically fractured images and alt-country instrumentation, their path lit only by the wounding fragility of Orth's voice.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of didactic power and limitless ambition.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As mindlessly captivating an album as you're likely to hear all year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revolutions is pretty breathtaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Golightly's most genuine, dark-struttin' My Generation-type record to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zoomer has a warmth and spirit that makes the work endearing as actual songs rather than chunks of carefully manipulated data.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    IATWTC do '80s-influenced dance music the way '80s dance music artists wish they could have.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It pulls from a grab bag of influences, from Bob Dylan to Broadway, The Who to honky-tonk, and tosses them around with apparent abandon. In spite of this (or maybe because of it), The FFs spin all of this into a sound that's consistent, yet almost magically unique.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No!
    Kids, parents and nerdy long-time fans alike can take something out of this.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the music behind the lyrics doesn't exactly bristle with innovation, it's the best blend of acoustic and electronic instruments I've heard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the obviously electronic origins of most of the sounds, there are clearly thinking, imagining humans behind the scenes; this is about as un-clinical as electronic music gets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A modern-rock radio record for folks with a few more brain cells to rub together than the Andrew WK set.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the band's sound isn't exactly the most original noise out there, they deliver with such impassioned conviction that you'll be more than willing to forget a few "sound alike" misgivings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coxon's effortless cool comes to the fore, imbuing each song with a wiry, infectious energy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Educated Guess may not be her best album to date (a near impossible-to-achieve expectation for an artist 21 albums in), it marks yet another transformation of her talents.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album consistently takes control of your emotions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the Throwing Muses are not still at the top of their game, they are very, very close.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans will appreciate Tour De France's high standard of unadorned synthesis, thematic melody and Autobahn minimalism, with epiphanic pleasure and not a little nostalgia.