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 Neon Golden
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Your senses will be sorely disappointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
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    An overblown, overhyped dreamy swirl of sound that can't commit itself to being anything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are times on this record, though, when the quaver fades for a few notes and [Oberst's] voice drops out of hysterical high range, and it's actually pleasant to listen to -- but that never lasts, and that's a shame.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Only the dub-inflected excursion of "Pipe Bomb" and the Clash-style raver "Eyes Wide Open" manage to break from boredom and form long enough to feel somewhat genuine -- as long as you don't listen to any of the lyrics.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A novelty act, a misfire and a waste of time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Take a Casio keyboard or any other early '80s dance machine, wheel it out and blow the dust off and you would most likely be able to produce an album at least as enjoyable as this one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Gomez do nothing to rethink or reinvigorate their earlier recordings; in fact, when Out West's renditions are compared to the originals, the live versions sound dull and lifeless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The low points are easier to spot than the highs, which tend to peak at a low elevation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Devoid of Tanaka's usual unpredictability, Beautiful is bland, linear and frequently downright dull, with entirely too many six, seven and eight-minute songs running out of ideas long before the halfway mark.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    You have to admire Hefner's artistic spirit -- but Dead Media is too flawed and derivative to earn serious praise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A towering monument to Esthero's overpowering sense of self satisfaction, this mess overstays its welcome and abuses whatever attention you're willing to spend on it. In short, it's not a career highlight.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Awake is a distinctly flawed album; much of what's here is precious or forced-sounding.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The absence of memorable hooks and catchy choruses is obvious.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Songs too slow to dance to and too annoyingly repetitive for passive listening.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This shit is boring.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    One
    One offers ten tracks of zipless triple-A folktronica -- bland, edgeless songs like "A Million Ways" that wouldn't even heat up the Ballroom D dancefloor on the final night of a Midwestern Regional Sales Conference.