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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Separation Sunday
Lowest review score: 10 Wikked Lil' Grrrls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Year of Meteors isn't the sound of ground being broken; it's an artist growing ever more confident, but never overly comfortable, in her style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent and memorable album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically rich throughout, Everything and Nothing is a spotlight for Sylvian's stylish, Brian Ferry-inspired baritone, his fascination with eastern culture and spirituality and the beautiful orchestrations of songs like "God's Monkey", "I Surrender" and "Some Kind of Fool".
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dangerous Magical Noise is rock and roll at its pure, shaggy best. If you're tired of that, you're tired of life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They now trade in a world of startlingly bleak, matte-black liquid-crystal experimental pop perfection pitched somewhere between John Cage's frightening austerity and the bittersweet squall of Swell Maps. Art-pop doesn't get any more accessible than this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Us
    As good as Loss was (and make no mistake, it was very, very good), Us improves on it in virtually every way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A discernibly West Coast-influenced affair, it's an album of anecdotal moments set to a glorious country-rock backdrop: graciously sun-kissed melodies, vocal harmonies, neat arrangements and refreshing, varied instrumentation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most [tracks] work quite well with the multifaceted rhythms and constantly evolving beats that make each of the tracks here a true expression of creativity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Naturally, this much theatrical -- but never facetious -- pomp and prettiness can be heavy, but it's never overbearing. Surprisingly, given the album's gravitas, it's relatively easy to enjoy in a single sitting. And another after that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pig Lib is the kind of album you think about even when it's not on, that slowly develops for you and creates synapses and connections that maybe Malkmus never intended.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Totally brilliant, mind-meltingly good, and as different from Secret Wars as possible, except that both of these albums could change your life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Australian band's trademark winsome optimism, clever heartbreak and bittersweet cuteness are in classic form here, only lusher and more layered.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It lacks the freewheeling, go-for-broke gusto of its predecessors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band should be proud of Yanqui U.X.O. -- it proves that they're not hopelessly married to the fine-print details of their formula, and that they can still wring fresh ideas from familiar territory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every track on Hate surpasses the high standards set by its predecessor. Go buy it right now.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    True to its title, The Slow Wonder is a much more relaxed and toned-down, yet no less complete listen than Electric Version or Mass Romantic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the covers on American III will attract the majority of listener attention, Cash’s own material steals the show.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pawn Shoppe Heart is the most electrifying album to have trawled its way out of the Detroit gutter in ages, effortlessly showing up [The White Stripes'] White Blood Cells in the process.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other People has a serene, thoughtful loveliness that builds with every listen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most remarkable thing about Tournament of Hearts is that technically, it is the Constantines' slowest, jazziest, most countrified release to date, but it doesn't give an inch of intensity when it's compared to their self-titled debut or the landmark Shine a Light.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This might be the most varied record they've ever made.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a little something for everybody hidden within this mysterious box.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unwieldy psychedelic dinosaurs like "First Wave Intact" and the title track hint that they're looking to become the new gods of bong-powered thunder -- but then they drop a bomb like the sleek, urbanely scoffing "Road Leads Where It's Led" and instantly re-cast themselves as black-clad top forty gatecrashers looking for a fast ticket to fortune and fame.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nashville is further proof that Rouse is one of the best songwriters of his generation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aficionados of WGC's autumnal, melancholy sound will find this fifth full-length release comparable to the group's previous four, only more refined and maybe a little more assured.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You will love some or all of these ten tracks, but for reasons you don't quite understand, you may never love the album as a whole.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outside Closer is maddeningly indirect, and the diminishing returns of its final minutes might make you wonder why you invested the time in the first place. But honestly, how many albums can claim to have so palpable an effect?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the band's penchant for uneven electronic dirges, Out Of The Shadow is a very accessible work -- perhaps too accessible for indie enthusiasts who thrive on innovation and sonic exploration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its startling brand of dreamlike space-folk, while reminiscent of earlier efforts like Stereopathic Soul Manure, is a wholly unique venture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She Has No Strings Apollo is, if anything, a portrait of one of the most passionate bands you'll ever hear, at a time when they've fine-tuned their improvisational telepathy.