Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,507 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Shields
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1507 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    What truly puts Swift’s fifth full-length in its own class is the combination of brilliant songwriting and incredible production. Those two strengths come together throughout 1989, but no track showcases it better than “Out of the Woods.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's both primal and audacious, raw and approachable, unnerving and at times comforting. Most of all, though, it tackles the relationship turmoil in a brilliantly inventive and thrilling fashion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    I Love You, Honeybear is the rare love letter that manages to capture all the ugly, bitter sides to a relationship, the angles covered in shadow and hidden behind front doors, because it understands that these are the moments that make up a full and fulfilling relationship between two people with issues and histories and feelings that are more often awful and conflicted than not.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With the progressive-pop-doom hybrid that Ghost have crafted on Meliora, with the occult aesthetic running in parallel to the music--is a resounding victory for the Swedish sextet and is assuredly the band's strongest album to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s warm, engaging, and possesses incredible aural imagery. This is a band that has truly resurrected themselves, having climbed out of a pool of stagnancy to craft what can only be considered one of the most creative and immediately likeable albums of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Dream Is Over is one of the most unapologetically over-the-top punk albums in recent memory, and fitting proof that Babcock’s vocals are still fully functional.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    From continuous instrumental surprises to brutally honest lyrics, Trophy Eye’s sophomore effort is much more than a solid return, it’s an unanticipated punch to the gut--one that will leave the listener reeling as it rightfully earns its spot among the genre’s most passionate and achingly honest albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In Focus? is far and away his boldest record to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s all memorable, and it’s all worth listening to again and again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    On Meir, Kvelertak prove that it's actually okay to play happy metal without appearing saccharine or contrived.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s so perfectly and lovingly written and produced, recalling everything that made you fall in love with the band and their life affirming sound to begin with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Silver Wilkinson is a more streamlined yet enjoyably disparate record.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Immunity presents itself as the missing piece of the puzzle, the catharsis we were conditioned not to expect. In this very moment, our preconceptions of Jon Hopkins have been entirely undermined--and there’s little to do but enjoy the hell out of the twist of events.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    All of The Migration’s greatest moments showcase a band at the top of its game, quelling the anxiety fans possessed during the record’s inception.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    At once highly inventive and unabashedly fun, the album showcases the trailblazing pop star at her most expansive thus far. M.I.A. adroitly capitalizes on her established style, embellishing it with moments of genuine intimacy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Sarah and Josh have created a very well-written balance between depth and melody that sets them apart from many pop acts that are around today.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Behind The Sun is an early contender for the best heavy psychedelic album of the year, and a mandatory listen for any rock fan.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Upon repeated listens, Our Love reveals itself as quite the complicated record; nothing ever stays still for very long, whether that’s Snaith’s serpentine compositions or his lyrics, so often cast in shadows as they are triumphantly lit up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World explores a much wider range of topics than their previous literature/storyline-bound themes could have possibly covered, and the result is hands down the most emotive release of The Decemberists’ career.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    No Cities To Love is a triumph. Not only does it meet every one of our over-the-top demands as fans, it serves as a great entry point for those new comers who have yet to be introduced to one of the most important bands of the last quarter century.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ecate ended up as the Italians' hardest hitting and most streamlined album so far.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It remodels slabs of wax in a way that not only acknowledges but embraces the pop potential those snippets of sound have been denied for so long.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    HEALTH have never sounded as focused as they do here. These are sounds that will grab you by the hair and drag you where you need to go. It’s control of a potentially unpleasant, entirely intoxicating sort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s this unholy amalgam of anger and swagger and self-loathing and--above all--love, all served over some of the best production work the man has ever done.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    99.9% is an assertion of identity and a rejection of identity and a whole lot of other things all at once, and provides some of the most incredible music of the year all the same. If this is the sound of hip-hop today, we’re in a good place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Far from the sort of thrown-together collaboration that is generally de rigueur, case/lang/veirs stands out because it remains an accurate representation of the sum of its parts, a catalog of what makes its three artists great.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t quite reach the songwriting highs and wrenching lows of 2006’s Nux Vomica (few things do), Total Depravity avoids the dead spots that have plagued the Veils’ last two records by ensuring that atmosphere of dread remains consistent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    McMahon shows that he still has as firm of a grasp as ever on his unique brand of piano pop-rock, or whatever you’d want to classify it as. This album--while straightforward from a songwriting perspective--is just a collection of powerhouse pop tunes, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that when it’s executed to perfection like it is here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    These two seemingly disparate parts combine in an off-putting but refreshingly rough-and-tumble way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    OneRepublic’s latest effort proves that they are at the top of their respective genre, and it may be time to stop looking at them as the prince waiting-in-the-wings and finally hand them that goddamned crown.