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 Hate
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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I defy you to find a more elegantly shambolic, soulfully homespun and, indeed, heartfelt album than this.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a terrifically exciting debut, imbued with a zest, energy and songwriting flair that warrants -- perhaps even commands -- some sort of attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sheer scope of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is so utterly breathtaking that repeat airings only reinforce its stunning songcraft and otherworldly sonic splendor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine a troupe of gloomy cow-punks careening down a thundering Hawaiian pipeline and you've got a bead on their wildly divergent sound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seven Swans plays like a stripped-down, less thematic counterpart to its predecessor. It's also strong enough in its own right to keep fans arguing for months over which album is better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mass Romantic more than repays any musical debt owed by the good people of Canada. In fact, it’s going to take some pretty strong efforts by America's best and brightest to match The New Pornographers' achievements here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Herren takes what amounts to a series of completely artificial electronic noises and whips them into one of the most soulful, funky, relentlessly compelling albums since the Neptunes' last outing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s quite a feat to create an album that is not only haunting, but uncompromisingly beautiful and utterly serene.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Separation Sunday stands a chance of being one of 2005's true classics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A monster of an achievement.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of those rare albums where every single track is a keeper and killer hooks abound.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Welcome Interstate Managers is a watershed accomplishment, surpassing the band's debut in terms of whimsical pop songcraft, lyrical astuteness and blind melodic ambition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make no mistake about it, The White Stripes are the real deal, and if they can continue to kick out the jams as they do on White Blood Cells, everyone else would be well advised to get the fuck out of their way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a hip-hop world ruled by clichéd production and watered-down beats, a sound so simultaneously funky and strange is, to say the least, a welcome change.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Source Tags and Codes is phenomenal. It's one of those albums that starts the listener on a seeminlgly unsustainable high note, and uses that as a launching point.