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 Leaves Turn Inside You
Lowest review score: 10 Fire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 793
793 music reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The technical skill and creativity at work here are enough reason to give DJ Me DJ You more than a passing listen, even if the songs don't make your head bob up and down and your feet tap.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Opener "Glisten" is anybody's masterpiece.... This instrumental brings so much anticipation to the rest of this record, it's no wonder I'm partly disappointed with The Listener: Gelb can't and doesn't deliver a dozen more songs like "Glisten".
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there's undoubtedly a wealth of ideas to be found here, listenability is the real wildcard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When the formula works, the results are quite impressive, but at other times the songs simply fall flat, victims of their own overly simplistic and repetitive arrangements
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Sleepy Strange offers seven mid-tempo rock songs, most with the inevitable country leanings that a pedal steel creates. These pieces lack anything even remotely resembling a sense of direction or urgency; Japancakes' songs don't travel from Point A to Point B so much as wander up and down the street in front of Point A and dig odd little things out of the lawn. Some listeners will love it, while devotees of single-minded purpose will positively hate it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    However, while Looks at the Bird's expanded arrangements are more conventionally "listenable" than much of Field Recordings, this comes at a small price.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Look, there's no question whatsoever that this is a well-put-together, carefully arranged and tastefully executed album created by a consummate craftsman. On the other hand, its palette (and, I fear, its audience) is limited to the placid and gently swaying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Last Night is a perfectly serviceable mellow slow-jam R&B record -- and that's a damned shame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there's nothing too stunning to be found on Three-Four, there's also nothing really sub-par.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    #1
    While there's no denying the hedonistic charm of "Emerge" or "Turn On", it's also obvious that the album slips easily into a beat-happy rut, never quite pulling off the total and complete transfixion it was so obviously designed to achieve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Optometry's highlights throw expectation to the wind. They're more than jazz, more than hip-hop, more than whatever the hell "illbient" actually is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Warren too often undercuts his successes by trying to impress us with his strangeness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like their NYC peers Liars and the Rapture, HHH are adept at fusing dancefloor polemics with angular guitar atmospherics, yet their sound lacks the sweat-soaked sexual ardor that those groups flaunt so remorselessly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not a bad album -- it's just not particularly notable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A curious beast -- dark, confused, displaced and often hopeless.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The aggressive stance taken on some of the songs brings an unwelcome "Is this Orgy?" feel to the affair.... If Gwenmars can produce more show-stoppers, and perhaps tone-down some of the aggresive stylings that creep in, they might become more than just a throwback.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As entertainment, Tenacious D succeeds surprisingly well -- for the first few listens.... The only long-term replay value you'll get from this record will come from playing it for friends who haven't heard it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    OST
    A watered-down mix of big-budget tricks and studio sheen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are some bands who were just meant to be great pop acts -- pop in the George Michael sense, pop in the Fleetwood Mac sense. Phoenix make music that your mom would like, and it's not a bad thing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you peel away the pretense, there's actually a fascinating album at work here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although the Cooper Temple Clause pack plenty of celestial firepower and darkwave ambiance into their six-minute movements, by the time they unveil the epic "Written Apology", the sheer compositional weight is too much for a mortal listener to handle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A mostly "hit" but occasionally "miss" effort that showcases both the band's maturation and its residual shortcomings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The band sounds richer, fuller and more confident. Sometimes they also sound a little too slick for their own good -- a nagging concern with "Disappear", among others -- but the studio glitz is matched by artistic maturity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're fifteen years old, female, and want to rebel, So Stylistic probably makes a lot more sense than a Bright Eyes record. If you're any older, it'll probably just make you feel dirty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a political album, Liberation may only be half-successful, but I'd still take angry Trans Am over the schlocky Trans Am of TA any day.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Harper performs his knock-offs so earnestly you'd think he were resuscitating some forgotten art, rather than aping tunes that are played 24/7 on oldies radio.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's far too much nondescript strumming and far too few meaningful hooks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's true that a lot of Musique Automatique can get old really fast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's good stuff, to be sure -- but if Hot Shots II excites you at all, it's probably time to lay off the pot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Finely crafted, if modestly affecting, froth-pop that bubbles over with dreary sexual overtones and loads of youthful paranoia.