Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,354 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 Merriweather Post Pavilion
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,354 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lisbon is an album from a band finally using the full palette of their talents to adapt and come out the better for it, and that's a pretty picture to behold indeed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Talk of pretension aside, Rival Dealer is an important piece of work, a genuinely astounding and jaw-dropping release that deserves every pair of ears it can find.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Indeed, Grinderman 2 is actually a far more listen-able record, with far more replay value, and this is what I'll remember when I find myself nostalgic for the dumb simplicity of the first album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Amerykah reveals its considerable depths and strengths, and invites the listener to invest the time needed to explore them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The thing is, despite their participation in the bustling, creative and innovative 90's scene, Majesty Shredding might just be their best album yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lyrically potent, melodic, and danceable piece, make sure to cop one of the best records the year has to offer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Hunter is the album that shows that as long as Mastodon stay true to their selves, they have the creative wherewithal to not only endure but keep themselves in the spotlight for years and years to come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Swim is quite dark; this is definitely pop of the bedroom sort, and despite Snaith's vocals usually being indecipherable, buried underneath hissing drum machines and meretricious synths, there's a pervading sense of intimacy to the whole thing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Harlem River Blues is Justin Townes Earle's crowning moment. It's relaxed without being tiresome, vintage without being gimmicky. Most importantly, it's great. The songs are great, the lyrics are great and there's not a weak song on it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's like the debut, but slightly different, definitely better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Noise is something worth delving into. It is something intensely personal and emotionally gray, but it’s also grounded, accessible enough to welcome you inside.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visiter is an impressive sophomore album, a wonderful growth for the Dodos, and one of the year’s subtlest surprises, even if it took thirty listens to get there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, Nikki Nack is a joyous record which sees Gabril bursting at the seams with restless energy and tremendous creativity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s plenty to be pleased about here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all combines to create a very particular aesthetic, perfect for late night drives or dank smoke sessions, and the album doesn't have any higher ambitions than perfectly fitting these particular situations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    obZen is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging record, and is without question an early contender for metal Album of the Year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The entirety of Blue Sky Noise blows away anything else that Circa Survive have ever done. It is immense, it is challenging, and it will make fools out of those who doubt it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When the natural flow of Nas' rap elevates 'Success' to one of American Gangster's best songs, you kind of wish Nas could have just had the same idea and done the album himself. It shadows the finale of the album, even the tight, appropriately grand title-track that finds Jay-Z at his breeziest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because beauty comes thick and fast with this album, and even though it's taken wholesale from more popular sources, here it feels like we're only now hearing it for the first time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What the album lacks in refinement and songwriting polish, it gains in the unflagging energy these tunes emanate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even more than any of their previous outings How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident bridges the gap between efficient noise rock, whip-smart comedy and timely social commentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    23 has a lack of contrast, and that is really its only flaw.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Up is at first mind-bending and perhaps confusing in its production and aesthetic, making it easy to lump in with fringe rap artists cLOUDDEAD. But to do so ignores the visceral qualities of the album, both in Butler's lyrics and in the production.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Andorra strikes out further, reaching deeper into Snaith’s box of musical curiosities which are, at once, tasteful and fruitfully tawdry. Phantasmagoric and stunningly organic, another crowd pleaser for fans of Daniel Snaith’s aural hallucinogens.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wilco have had their peaks and valleys, but they have never sounded as confident as they do on The Whole Love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues might be the most important album of the year, and its message will hopefully seep into music culture and spread till records like this don’t *have* to get made anymore.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Option Paralysis equivocates the maturation of musical ideas over the Dillinger Escape Plan's storied career, as Miss Machine and Ire Works are currently looking as mere test samples leading up to this point. In all, Option Paralysis is a work of art, but don't think for a second they've gone soft on us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Be it progression or passion for art, it is the key unifying force behind TV On The Radio, and it's not here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Major/Minor is just another testament to Thrice's ability to do no wrong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For metal devotees seeking heaviness and shred paired with otherworldly curio, Crack the Skye is the be all and end all, but for anybody without a Celtic Frost tattoo, do not follow "the wise man's staff / Encased in crystal."