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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret Wars is more than a good album. It's an incredible experience, taking you out of your daily life into a mysterious and mind-changing space.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the nervous energy that has always been a key ingredient of the group’s sound (on record and otherwise) remains firmly intact, a newfound sense of responsibility and road-worn weariness occasionally rears its head, putting a bit of a damper on this otherwise upbeat record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No one else is making literate, story-based pop this good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Your senses will be sorely disappointed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Golightly's most genuine, dark-struttin' My Generation-type record to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The group has created an album filled not only with the timeless pop hooks you have come to expect but with the anthemic swagger that is the hallmark of many of the great rock recordings of the last 30 years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apologies to the Queen Mary is almost an hour long, and there are certainly portions of it that aren't essential... but it's difficult to see where any fat could have been cut, as each track has its own fractured beauty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, Lali Puna are taking the Radiohead Route. Not just thematically, either: the tone and ambience of Faking the Books is as detached and cold as Amnesiac was, though more straightforward: there are more "straight" guitars and "actual" drums on this album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imagine a less sardonic John Wesley Harding, prone to occasional bouts of husky, Peter Gabriel-style vocal sincerity, and you'll have the basic idea.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Does little to sully their reputation as one of the "great white hopes" of the indie dance nation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sung Tongs resembles the freakiest of '60s psyche, the outward fringes of Elephant Six-dom, the craziest excesses of Tom Ze -- yet it is a warm, deeply human work that winds its way into your heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all his skillful sampling and solid lyrics, Blueprint hasn't broken any new ground with 1988, which just underscores the troubling tendency of underground art forms to become more like the mainstream as they age.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shine A Light is metallic, screamo-ing, ear-bursting, confused and chopping. And man, it's great.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Coxon-less Blur is a less focused Blur, but Albarn, James and Rowntree can still pull moments of sterling derision from beneath the fog.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a band only three albums into their career, they're showing inordinate amounts of brilliance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sunset Tree feels like Darnielle's most personal record to date, and it's certainly his most immediately accessible, musically speaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's also pleasing to see that Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner want to expand their sound beyond the clicks, pops, squelches, hisses and squiggles that have become their trademark.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Homesongs is his minor key playground, filled with masterpieces in the making. All you have to do to enjoy them is slow... down...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hayden has released an album of magnificent proportions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
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    An overblown, overhyped dreamy swirl of sound that can't commit itself to being anything.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This music sounds a lot like something Edward Scissorhands might compose if he could just play the damn piano.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I can respect the need to innovate in hip-hop, but variety here comes at a cost -- there's no coherent or consistent melodic through-line.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A rewarding, re-listenable collection of solid rockers and ballads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you take your pleasure from the sheer palpability of the music -- the way it walks icy fingers up and down your spine, and paints pictures in the air, so real you could step into them -- Blacklisted will enjoy a long, happy stay in your CD player.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mature, elegant effort, full of richness and depth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Absolutely essential!... It’s a coming-out party on the level of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Woman King's songs are decidedly textured, rich with rhythm and reason, myth and melody.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stephen Malkmus' solo debut is as mature, focused, and charming as it is rambunctious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, the album is more centered and collaborative and celebratory than anything Banhart has done before.