Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,359 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Merriweather Post Pavilion
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,359 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Bedlam in Goliath is simply an immense album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact it can get a bit homogenous and maybe a tad over-the-top with its concept, Fortress is one of the most entertaining metal albums I’ve heard in a long time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Amerykah reveals its considerable depths and strengths, and invites the listener to invest the time needed to explore them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    obZen is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging record, and is without question an early contender for metal Album of the Year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But really, it's Kozelek's voice in all its imperfect glory that makes April (and indeed all of his other work) as wonderful as it is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By listening to What Does It All Mean?, you're giving yourself a vital history lesson, a blast of fun, and above all, some 130 minutes of fantastic music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feed the Animals, despite its tentative start, is chocked full of the same bombastic booty-shaking moments that defined "Night Ripper."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s not much else to say that you shouldn’t already know: thick, melodic and endearing, Life...The Best Game in Town is essential listening.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best albums of 2008, Dear Science, is an album you can ramble on about for nearly 600 words before you realize you forgot to mention 'Golden Age,' arguably the best song on the album.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems that Blue Lambency Downward while sonically easier to comprehend has become Kayo Dot's most diversely opinioned album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than just a pretty acoustic record, Harris, through Grouper, has created a startlingly vivid and brooding shoegaze gem that works in spite of its length and first impressions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good music that works, effortlessly, and is even easier to love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Circus is a top-rate pop album that, with a little bit of justice, will be afforded the same sort of longevity as her brilliant early singles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Havilah will remain as yet another great record from one of the most talented acts currently playing rock music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With every compilation, tracks are bound to fall flat. However, the turnover rate is relatively low, making Dark Was The Night so refreshing and ultimately a worthy purchase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, An Imaginary Country is probably Tim Hecker's most accessible album. In a way, the record bridges together the elements heard on previous albums, only without regurgitating old ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deacon nips the synthetics that allowed Spidermanâ??s sandpaper production to grate, opting instead for smoothly textured layers, a trick that strengthens a brilliantly executed dance album into dramatically structured art.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hazards of Love is shockingly good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two Suns then is everything it could have been--a worthy follow up to Bat For Lashes’ Mercury nominated Fur & Gold... and so much more. Here and now, take a trip, you just may come out enchanted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without hyperbole, it is one of the most fun, vibrant, rewarding, intelligently structured pop records to shimmy through these parts in quite some time, taking cues from whichever electro-punk-pop-DIY-indie-sludge-rock hybrid 21-year-old Londoner Mica Levi fell in love with when she was 14.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Hymn to the Immortal Wind does anything, it establishes Mono’s place among post rock’s top dogs, and for this reviewer, easily gives them the title. Everyone else is just generic or something.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Veckatimest works like a cash-back bonus, the more you give in to it, the grander the return.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Japandroids' (or JPNDRDS) first full length--Post-Nothing--is the perfect embodiment of the post-teen angst, excitement, anxiety and fuck-it artlessness of finally packing your bags and moving on, wherever the destination as long as it’s at least a million miles away from home.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rousing vessel in which Wolf has finally had the chance to channel his newfound zany confidence into his most extravagant and captivating record yet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Regina has basically mastered everything else too; it's hard to see her making a wrong move anytime soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first album in a series of three (all with the same title, differing only in capitalizations) BLACKsummers'night isn't just the soul album of the year, but also a top-tier addition to the canon of a once-fizzling scene.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s rarely a song here that isn’t beautiful: Fortino’s sense for gorgeous melodies, both instrumentally and vocally, simply shines throughout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of the circumstances surrounding its creation, Curse Your Branches is Bazan's best album to date.