Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,307 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Cosmogramma
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,307 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best parts of classic rock find a home in Holy Vacants without ever seeming forced.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's pure pop gold to be found here, but also envelope-pushing alchemy that turns these songs into unforgettable aural expressions of joy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Burn Your Fire for No Witness’ eleven songs benefit greatly from the heightened sense of clarity afforded by the more spacious arrangements.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While m b v is a record that is more than capable of standing on its own, at the same time it also sounds exactly like the sort of thing that we might have expected My Bloody Valentine to produce two decades ago, and this noticeable lack of allegiance to the present is perhaps the most potent thing about this entire revisionist affair.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Deafheaven’s second outing is wondrous celebration of boundless ambition and pure artistic vision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Colored Sands is exactly what a Gorguts record should sound like in 2013 and will surely breathe for years to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues might be the most important album of the year, and its message will hopefully seep into music culture and spread till records like this don’t *have* to get made anymore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There’s all the verve and naked empathy of the best of his classic rock forebears, with none of the bombast or contrivances. Lost in the Dream is a long record, to be sure, yet it never overstays its welcome.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    All You Can Eat is easily the band's funniest and most diverse offering to date, their confidence coming out in full force this time around.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Confident and complex, it's a standout debut from one of the most promising artists of the last few years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    At its best, Overgrown brings to mind Frank Sinatra's iconic In The Wee Small Hours, a record that acts as almost a thematic analogue in its lonely tone and ultimate embrace of love as a painful yet beautiful emotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is much more of a traditional rock record than anything else Frank has done, and that’s a good thing because it means that it’s probably the most consistent album he’s made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s true that this is the warmest Janelle Monae has sounded in quite some time; her music now is more a magnifying glass than a mask.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is all about being strong. It reaches out and tries to help make sense of it all. It's a comforting empathy. The stories are intensely personal but are so easily transferable beyond their original inspiration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of edgy, pop-infused rock composed with intelligence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is something brand new and completely unexpected.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You, You're a History in Rust is nothing short of an experience; emotional enough to take the listener on a journey, and subtle enough so that not a moment of the record feels contrived.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s safe to say that, Person Pitch just might be album of the year (so far, at least).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copia is Cooper’s greatest work to date, but it leaves even more roads for him to take.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Earthly Pleasures, in contrast to the water-tight radio punk of its predecessor, overflows with ideas, even if it’s to the detriment of the material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Alligator was The National's first masterpiece then Boxer is surely their second, a 12-song journey that thoroughly exemplifies everything that a modern rock band should be capable of.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Historical Conquests is astonishing for its depth of exploration in the folk genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is easily one the band’s best album and possibly the best album of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Shepherd's Dog proves that Beam is worthy of the attention that he is given and actually a brilliant musical mind rather than some guy who got lucky enough to make a great album in his bedroom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It stands well alongside any classic Springsteen record you can mention.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a concept album, it's halfway to becoming an amazing cycle. There are a few flaws and the second half of the collection to worry about, but so far, Thrice has produced another stunner.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Defense of the Genre is the best major label release of the year, and the most surprising album to boot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's excellent, to be honest. Jay-Z sounds relaxed and comfortable in his legacy on the mic: he's not feeling as pressed to perform as he did on Kingdom Come, and the MC just lets his talent flow effortlessly.