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 Alice
Lowest review score: 10 First Album
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare that a band can recreate such a broad measure of emotions with such a soft palette.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His most compelling, not to mention complete, work to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the smartest fun music (and the most fun smart music) I've heard this year.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Wrens experiment with sounds and textures you don't normally hear in so-called "rock" records, but unlike many groups, they manage to do this in a way that attracts attention without upstaging the actual music. And the songwriting just keeps getting better; there isn't a lackluster track in the bunch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call it the exclamation point on Gibbard's stratospheric year.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The question is not whether Medúlla is brilliant; insofar as this can be objectively asserted, it most certainly is. The question is really, Do you like Björk? Do you like her a lot? Obviously, a Björk a capella album is going to be lost on you if you never really liked her vocal style in the first place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a more intimate and more cohesive work than anything else he has done, but it is decidedly difficult, tossing aside more ingratiating effects in favor of a haunting, ethereal mood and a single, thematic narrative.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of those rare albums where every single track is a keeper and killer hooks abound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album retains the trademark layered sound of earlier work, the dueling guitars, the wailing vocals, the powerfully musical drumming, yet it plunges into much darker territory than before.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A winning combination of hip-hop beats, horns, strings and cinematic soundscapes, the album is spiced with precise scratching and effectively abrupt changes in direction.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt the best Elvis Costello record that Costello never recorded.... wistfully irresistible pop confections filled with effervescent melodies and clever lyrical wordplay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best instrumental albums you are likely to hear this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I doubt the public at large is ready for a full-scale introduction to an artist who can mesh big bands and big beats, but those of us who are ready for such a union should be glad we have it all to ourselves, for now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Great Destroyer is a marvel of layered beauty -- the sort of album that makes you call in sick to work so you can spend a day with headphones clamped to your head, charting its every elegant nuance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though sampling has been done to death, the stealthiness which which Deakin and Franglen incorporate their borrowed material will be required study for wannabe producers and hop-headz; in that regard, it's on a par with the seminal Paul's Boutique.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Healthy Distrust is impressively fluid; Francis fuses his experimental leanings and newer mainstream hip-hop allowances with ease.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Woman King's songs are decidedly textured, rich with rhythm and reason, myth and melody.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Haunting, gorgeously inward-looking, yet laced with memorable melodies, Feathers is Dead Meadow's strongest work ever and an early contender for one of 2005's best records.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nashville is further proof that Rouse is one of the best songwriters of his generation.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike so many of their Gang of Four-worshipping peers, Bloc Party are that rare band that can actually transcend their influences and press clippings, crushing the fervor surrounding their arrival in a hail of splintered guitars and sumptuous despondency.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shrewdly combines peculiar electronics with melody without ever letting either genre gain the upper hand.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The relentless sweetness may be off-putting to some... but it'll be difficult for all but the most jaded listeners to avoid being charmed by Of Montreal's appealing melodies and whimsical innocence-recaptured lyrics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A unique indie-prog masterpiece that owes as much to Hendrix as it does to Sonic Youth.