Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,329 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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 New Again
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,329 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Whether or not you’re a fan of their earlier, grittier material or their newer, more polished recordings, Is Survived By is a massively engaging and surprisingly triumphant record, and you cant expect anything but for them to continue to add to their ranks of love-moshing fans with an album that is just so damn solid.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It’s that vital connection between Lorde’s present-day ruminations and the uncanny way her music hits on such a fundamental level with all that dirty, romanticized nostalgia that makes Pure Heroine such a success beyond "Royals'" ostensible aim of looking down its nose at the Miley Cyruses and Taylor Swifts of the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Like the album it constitutes, ["Emptiness Will Eat the Witches"] rarely illuminated, yet beautifully moving and unquestionably engrossing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It takes several spins to fully comprehend the ambitious scope on display here as this is the kind of record that unravels the longer one ventures into its gorgeous textures, subtle progressive leanings and consistently clever lyricism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Mainstream baiting notwithstanding, With Light & With Love is the best Woods record yet, a tinkering of the charmingly sincere folksiness of Bend Beyond into something even more muscular and full-bodied.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's undoubtedly his most impressive collection of songs in over two decades.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Filled to the brim with consistently excellent songs, Once More 'Round The Sun serves as a blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Change is what led them to write the album they needed to, and in turn, left us listeners with the album we needed to hear. Change reminds us that we didn’t know Every Time I Die like we thought we did--but they sure read us to a tee with From Parts Unknown.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Dope Body have managed to modulate their sound without watering down the characteristics that made them unique in the first place. In consequence, Lifer is a ferocious record that deftly coalesces noise rock with early grunge and psychedelic flourishes. It's a trip down memory lane well worth taking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Minaj’s latest release is a complicated being, one that might never sit easy, but the layers she provides for the listener to peel through provide for an engaging and ultimately satisfying experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is the best album The Artist Formerly Known As Squiggle could possibly have hoped to make in 2006.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yusuf hasn't missed a beat, as this is still the same sound he made famous on 70s staple "Tea for the Tillerman" and later perfected on "Teaser and the Firecat", and while it's certainly not as impactful, I'm comfortable saying that "An Other Cup" comes pretty close.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of these songs are melancholy and soft, waiting for a darkened sky to play to.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's about as good as Funeral and features some truly wonderful songs; although The Arcade Fire have certainly progressed, Neon Bible features everything that made them special in the first place, to even more epic proportions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Busdriver gives his best performance thus far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Back To Black is by far the best popular soul album I’ve heard this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times, it can be a difficult piece of work and its dark themes may require a few spins to grow on the listener. Irrespective, Drums and Guns is a fine piece of work, Low's best since Things We Lost in the Fire.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Introducing Joss Stone has the sound of an artist who is beginning to go places, not of one coming from somewhere or standing still.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ranging from dense electronica to stark piano ballads to an amalgamation of indie pop, electronica, and concert orchestra, The Magic Position envisions a magical world where Wolf has everything he could ever want at his disposal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fantastic lyrical concepts, an improved musicianship and the addition of an orchestra make Cassadaga easily the most enjoyable Bright Eyes album as a whole.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    23 has a lack of contrast, and that is really its only flaw.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adventures is a record that is just as quirky as it is brilliant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Make no mistake this is NIN as usual, but [it is] an effortless, inspired, and unaffected Trent Reznor the likes of which we may not have had the pleasure of knowing for almost a decade and a half.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very fun listen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A masterful little work of sonic soundscapes, dark edges, muted colors, and low, simmering sexuality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album almost has a mix-tape esque feel to it and the staggering amount of guests has much to do with this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Volta is a strong album with memorable, remarkable tracks that have great variety, so much that the album loses cohesion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Release The Stars, if not a step forward, is at worst a side-step en route on to a knockout album.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its a richly textured, layered, and almost earnest stab at everything this artist ever attempted to do before, all rolled up nice on one album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some listeners may find the album samey or too similar but one aspect of Mirrored that can't be disputed is that it is a unique album with little to no similar peers.