Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,582 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 Mylo Xyloto
Lowest review score: 10 8
Score distribution:
1582 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's really impressive: this is intelligent enough to satisfy the conscious-cats with enough inspiring socio-political discussion (see Gina Loring's "Poetic Greed"), poppy enough for the club with some hype-generating hooks, and ideal for a 45-minute workout.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shockingly good but reassuringly gimmick-free, The Devil You Know is not only the best Dio or Sabbath release in over a decade but a front-runner for heavy metal album of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pale Horses easily stands on its own as one of the year’s better albums. It entails almost all of the band’s greatest strengths, with the vigor that comes from a renewed focus on the post-hardcore stylings of yesteryear.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stripped of all excess, These Systems Are Failing delivers like very few others do in Moby’s discography. It will no doubt divide a part of his fan base like Animal Rights did, however, it won’t be as shocking as in 1996.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Milk has simply made a completely unique statement in what is typically a pretty stale genre, and with Tronic he has confirmed his status as one of the best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is more intimate this time around, and makes for an infinitely more telling description of who Baths is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fading Frontier’s signature is focus though, and it’s evident in the concise and tightly controlled songwriting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brand New found a way to create a complete, effervescent album.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A masterful little work of sonic soundscapes, dark edges, muted colors, and low, simmering sexuality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drastic Fantastic achieves success due to its near-perfect composition and construction.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ring is an album that puts Cameron Mesirow on par with any of the emerging group of experimental female vocalists and if we didn't notice it before, there's a Glasser-shaped hole somewhere between Bat For Lashes' conceptual pop schizophrenia and Fever Ray's icy soundscapes and Cameron Mesirow is the missing puzzle piece. Debut albums rarely come more accomplished.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MSTRKRFT and Keeler have never been ones for half measures. Operator’s overall refusal to do just that, its inexorable 808 death march through a digital hell, makes it MSTRKRFT’s best album yet, not to mention an impressive approximation of DFA1979’s live show, in spirit if not in sound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This lovely journey offers both lush and haunting moments without sacrificing any of the experimental edges or familiar sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very, very impressive album all around.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are all songs that you would have trouble getting out of your head, and It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is the second coming and establishing factor of Maroon 5 as the pop band of the century thus far.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes wistful and reflective, other times earnest, Temper is always tranquil, concise, and accessible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Excessive, sexual, and catchy, UGK has crafted the most definitive template for the southern rap record. Sadly, it'll be their last.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At only 28 minutes long, Lysandre is easily digestible in a single sitting, but that really just embellishes its true purpose--to temporarily whet our appetites till all those other Christopher Owens solo records appear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Target Earth is the speed, technicality and thrashy weirdness of the band's earliest album enveloped in a modern package that is also able to retain its own vibe and personality.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of 50 year olds have just made the most vibrant, youthful record you'll hear all year. What's not to love?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Syro stands as a quiet achievement, an un-fussy, humbling, and excellent release.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Along with fellow Georgia natives Mastodon, Kylesa have crafted one of the metal albums to beat this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brand New Eyes shows that they have the potential--now they've just got to live up to it and create the classic album the fans know they can make.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a cohesive unit letting it rip in the studio for by far the shortest album of their careers--and not a note is misplaced or wasted, despite how (intentionally) messy it sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alpha is easily the band's most accessible album to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On a very basic level Pre-Human Ideas may appear to be the work of an artist diving headfirst into insanity. But at its core the album is one of the most personal and engaging releases of Mount Eerie’s career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Hearing a voice that grows scratchy and threatens to break and has not been tampered with, has not been slicked over in a studio, a voice that reveals all that can be found within a person and also seems to hold something back, to suggest another truth just behind the veil.