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 Start Breaking My Heart
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madvillainy isn't really an inaccessible record. It may take a couple of spins for you to get involved, but once you've passed that initial adaptation, it stays with you.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A terrific and long-overdue reissue that's sure to satiate established fans as well as the new converts it hopes to earn.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Boy In Da Corner marks the beginning of distinctly British hip-hop, the genre's standards are already impressively high.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elephant isn't one of those albums that'll change your life, or your tastes, or even the face of your music collection -- it's just a strong and consistent collection of powerful rock songs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beats aren't as strong here as they were on his debut, so Skinner lives and dies by his delivery. It's a clear sign of his ability that even in the album opener, when the tempo is strange and the backing track is kind of dull, you feel compelled to listen because you want to know what he's saying.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The only thing keeping Is This It from being absolutely storming is the questionable production work of Gordon Raphael, whose primordial approach lacks the necessary punch to really bring these tunes to life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An expansive album that ultimately recycles itself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it sounds strange at first, Skinner's delivery is so absorbing that the accent issue will be an afterthought before opener "Turn the Page" has ended.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I defy you to find a more elegantly shambolic, soulfully homespun and, indeed, heartfelt album than this.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listening to Funeral takes a bit of patience. With most of the songs, the payoff doesn't come right away; in some cases, it sneaks up on you after several spins.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    The first My Morning Jacket whose songs reach the heights to which James's voice aspires.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rounds contains a new underlying sonic scrape that is brisk and windy and distinctly more dynamic than Hebden's previous, more placid outings, but the signature dense soul of his work is the same.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Notwist can sculpt more emotional sounds and music into a compact and cutting four minutes than most can do in a career.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that QOTSA turns in another genre-demolishing, hard-as-titanium album in Songs for the Deaf. This is not your father's metal. It's better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yours, Mine, and Ours is a fantastic album. In fact, it's one of the best things I've heard so far this year. On the other hand, I can count at least three other albums that bear the Joe Pernice stamp that are better than this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Shins' second effort sparkles with a clarity that was not always evident on their debut and energizes with a spark and an enthusiasm that previously seemed forced.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no breathers in Hypermagic Mountain. There are only a series of knuckle sandwiches in the form of throbbing, distorting, gesticulating low-end ear bleeders.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It takes Ta Det Lungt a while to lay down its grooves in your head, but once it does, they stay there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music is just as pure and personal and unintermediated as before, but it sounds better in every conceivable way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's simply wonderful -- bristling with pop masterpieces large and small, and reassuringly unburdened by Smith's deep-seated malaise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The least interesting, least engaging Sleater-Kinney album ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The complexity and depth of the songs has increased; the band sounds less like they're trying to channel The Pixies, and more like they're reaching toward the sublime.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Abattoir/Orpheus is not as immediate as some of Cave's previous triumphs, but you'll take pleasure in unearthing new sentiments and innuendo within its walls.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Am a Bird Now is a sweet, sumptuous brace of noir-laced cabaret pop, distinctly out of step with just about every other album released this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At first listen, it's thrilling, but not quite the statement we were made to believe would shift the world's axis by its very existence. The best thing to do is clear your mind of hype and expectations, and listen to this record -- this fun, addictive, thoroughly entertaining record -- again and again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A powerful masterpiece of an album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The Argument may not be as bracing as their groundbreaking work from a decade ago, it crystallizes the strengths of four musicians hitting every mark.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dizzee's voice still sounds like a helium-inflected hiccup, and the beats still sound like they were recorded directly from a Nintendo, if not an Atari.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Elegant, downbeat orchestral pop songs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While my inclination is to recommend A Feather in the Engine to everyone without reservation, the disc is actually best suited to more advanced listeners -- that is, those of you for whom sing-along pop songs are not a prerequisite for enjoying an album.