Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,295 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 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,295 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hayley Williams gives the first of several poor singing performances on the record [on lead single, "Low"]; the verses are toneless and she tries to cram too many words into them without really saying anything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    So sigh with me; for all the promise their reunion had, they sound as if they're remembering how to work together, painting their album by numbers rather than taking risks or adding artistic flourishes of their own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Black Kids are trying too hard, plain and simple.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just a sludgy, grumpy record from a band who once knew pop music needed whimsy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Skeletal Lamping lacks a satisfactory, uh, idea. None are progressed, thoroughly provoked, just simply thrown out the speakers in hopes that we are transfixed by its oh-so literal translation of Barnes’ Georgie Fruit act.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The main problem with most of the songs on Grand Hotel stem from The Explorers Club's inability to moderate pretty much anything.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It’s as if Metallica decided to try and court the 16 year old post-mall goth crowd with a bunch of inane Black Veil Bride like lyrics, while adding in a bit of Avenged Sevenfold-lite songwriting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    19
    It can't even stack up to Gabriella Cilmi. Estelle? Leona Lewis? Yikes. Avoid.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With its terrible lyrics, uninspired and generic music and general sense of boredom, the only positive to glean from the wreckage was at least it couldn't get worse.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The defense that it isn't trying, that it's just for kicks, would I guess be admissible if the songs weren't so entirely devoid of substance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is an empty record, and the exact opposite of what it means to write classic music, because through all its forced smiles and fake problems, it's an album that means absolutely nothing to me.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Anarchy, My Dear fails because it tries to recapture things that Bemis just doesn't seem to have right now--true discontentment and anger and venom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Music For Robots functions as the first embarrassingly terrible album of 2014, and should be avoided by all except those with an extremely morbid sense of curiosity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just we know there's more to this guy than this sluggish, lifeless material.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Using neanderthalic rhymes that MC Hammer would be proud of, the lyrics are in your face and exclusively concern rock ‘n’ roll, girls, drinking and partying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The songs just are just way inferior this time around. My December’s fourteen tracks (including the hidden "Chivas") sound like rough sketches fleshed out with Breakaway’s light rock arrangements.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Skyscraper is filled with those types of Banks lyrics, the kind of trademark brain-vomit that produces words that sound cute together but lack any semblance of cohesion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    For an album called Out of Control, it's astonishing just how bland and devoid of personality or expression this is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Each of the album's thirteen tracks passes by without any fuss or fight; every song blending into one long blob of grey matter that leaves such little impression in spite of repeated listens.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Nothing is just what it brazenly titles itself as – an empty record, one lacking the sometimes questionable but more often than not intriguing experimentation and oddball weirdness that might not have made their earlier records great, but at least made them interesting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The album is pure homogeneous shitheap of stream-of-consciousness turgidity nonsense that strives to be different and to take you “somewhere else” but in the end really just ends up being hilariously bad and hilariously derivative of his past work and despite the frequent “so-weird-it’s-almost-cool” moments it still just plain sucks hardcore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yours Truly, Angry Mob is such a sloppily put-together album that it almost seems intentionally bad.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The very elements that made No Doubt popular in the first place have disappeared.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Completely unaided by flat production and little or no deviation from one or two initial ideas, it's verging on an insult to the memory of one of punk's pioneers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, with Fragile Future, Hawthorne Heights start awkwardly and never really find their feet.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Symphonic elements always have potential in music, but often are ruined by the execution and this album is no exception. Cradle of Filth fall into the trap of using them as a replacement for actual songwriting, relying on the symphonic arrangements to cover up their lack of talent. It doesn't work, especially because the arrangements themselves aren't too interesting in the first place.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Augustana sound bored and weather-beaten to death on their self-titled, and if this is how the true Augustana sounds, then it's fair to say that they're far and away past their prime and could consider calling it quits.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Is it a question of [Moore]simply not caring, or does he actually believe that his fans are too stupid to not realize any clear lack of progression and that they're simply being force-fed the same half-assed bass trends again and again and again?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's too empty, too boring, too lifeless, too lazy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It is more of the same: overproduced, generic disney channel beats by names no one knows, derivative choruses and melodies that obviously sound manufactured by a tie-wielding Atlantic executive, and lyricism that fails at even being anthemic for parties.