Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,214 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Run the Jewels
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,214 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While m b v is a record that is more than capable of standing on its own, at the same time it also sounds exactly like the sort of thing that we might have expected My Bloody Valentine to produce two decades ago, and this noticeable lack of allegiance to the present is perhaps the most potent thing about this entire revisionist affair.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Within its 26 minutes lies an amicable amount of intensity, passion, and palpable creativity, portraying a fresh sound that absolutely begs to be heard.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Seer is everything we could have hoped for--it is Swans, standing proudly and unabashedly at the top of their game after nearly thirty years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This album is a swirl of pure emotions and grandiosity, but is never overbearing, never feeling like anything more than your own personal score. Thus, it’s completely brilliant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Airtight's Revenge sounds like he had a lot of **** he needed to work through, but from great talent, and great catharsis, has come great art. It's hard to imagine that this will break through to any major audience, since it's even less accessible than the rejected Love for Sale, but it seriously deserves it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It may be difficult to listen to, and even harder to stomach, but there is great reward in focusing on what happens in this deceptively hushed landscape that Hval has built, because for all its use of soft atmospherics and gentle, eiderdown-laced vocals, the album ultimately betrays the implication of a lifetime of misuse beneath its soothing dulcet tones and restrained palettes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music on The Suburbs is as direct and straightforward as Butler's lyrics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rich and intelligent, it's a welcome blow of muted midnight compulsions, swimming in its own tides against the sea of bombast and extravagance that's taken root in recent years. Underwater dance music at its finest.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite being a free mixtape, House of Balloons feels like a true album, a true labor of love (and pain and hardship and everything else), more genuine than more prominent R&B stars, but perhaps that is due to The Weeknd's anonymity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kala is definitely a song-based album, but, that being said, the songs fit together perfectly, and even more surprisingly, they’re all good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is war poetry at its finest and will keep you coming back for many repeat listens. Its influence on any listener, impressionable or otherwise, should be a positive one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The great thing about this album is the same as was great about the last full length LCD Soundsystem album, and that is its effortless blend and execution of mix.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's this underdog story that emphasizes just why Body Talk is such a revelation; it is the musical peak of an artist who has always had a bigger picture for what pop could sound like.
    • 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
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Like Radiohead and Panda Bear before Bon Iver this year, it's not a problem that Vernon hasn't created music in the same style of the last successful album: the problem is that he isn't able to make that creative jump to a new aesthetic, or direction, successfully at all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs on Fake History sometimes sounded like they were simply vehicles for Butler’s frenetic performances instead of complete songs. That isn’t the case here, which means that most of these songs aren’t as immediate, but lack of immediacy is generally a good indicator of an album’s longevity, especially in post-hardcore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There’s all the verve and naked empathy of the best of his classic rock forebears, with none of the bombast or contrivances. Lost in the Dream is a long record, to be sure, yet it never overstays its welcome.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hercules and Love Affair is a killer work from Butler, an album not meant to break down any barriers or start a revolution.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Killer Mike and El-P release a short, 33-minute record absolutely brimming with ten of the hardest bangers known to man.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It’s easily the most charming she’s ever been--she's no master hunter, but she doesn't need to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great album, tweaked.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Time will tell if "Cosmogramma" is the most definitive moment of his career, but at this point it seems the realm of electronic music is open for Flying Lotus to be the next big visionary of his genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Koi No Yokan is a passable alt-rock/metal album by a band that is capable of much more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the construction of it all that's so perfect: that the music can follow, this time, but still be what Grizzly Bear are all about.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a record that's immediately familiar yet inventive, funky, fun, and always impressive.
    • 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.