Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,286 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 And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,286 music reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a scarily mature album for a bunch of 21 year olds to have recorded, and the pairing of its ambitious lyrical concepts and motivated songwriting is something to be admired.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Alligator was The National's first masterpiece then Boxer is surely their second, a 12-song journey that thoroughly exemplifies everything that a modern rock band should be capable of.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first album in a series of three (all with the same title, differing only in capitalizations) BLACKsummers'night isn't just the soul album of the year, but also a top-tier addition to the canon of a once-fizzling scene.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s not much else to say that you shouldn’t already know: thick, melodic and endearing, Life...The Best Game in Town is essential listening.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So it comes as no surprise that the harmonic progression does not cadence as the listener might expect; the ear wants one more chord, but Pecknold and his backup singers simply end. There's nothing more to say.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I feel like I can whittle away my days listening to this album and only this album for the rest of my life, and never have to feel anything except what this album makes me feel. Which is to say, everything.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a ferocious and captivating listen that twists and turns through the deepest darkest depths all the while pushing forward into new sonic territory.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Veckatimest works like a cash-back bonus, the more you give in to it, the grander the return.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devotion does something remarkable in making the universal--love, heartbreak, and yes, devotion--feel specific, simply because Jessie Ware doesn't sound like she's lying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Airing Of Grievances is not about anything so much as it is for everything--the beauty of life, the tragedy of life wasted, the looming of death and the desire to go out having lived fully--no, it is not about those things at all, it is for those things, it is a collection of songs written as odes to the gritty and the beautiful and the mixing of the two: our world, our sick world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if Strange Mercy is like a blender with its top blown off, it's undeniable how convincing St. Vincent has become.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There's some very remarkable playing and composing found throughout The Vigil, and because of the diverse range of sounds and styles that the album chooses to work with, there's something for every jazz fan to mull over.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The National should give faith to anyone who has become disillusioned with indie music, anyone who misses a time where it didn't seem like all the musicians thought they were better than you and you could actually relate to the damn words they were singing. High Violet is another batch of cement to further supplement The National's already unshakable concrete career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its dizzying zenith, Beyoncé is a loaded fusion of generosity and self-empowerment. or perhaps, more accurately, it finds self-empowerment in generosity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only is it essential listening for hip-hop in 2012, but also one of the few records that pushes musical and cultural boundaries in general.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a triumphantly singular album that explores a space that only this band could have made.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    On The Living Infinite, Soilwork have simultaneously stepped back to their past while maintaining their current sound, but they have also diversified their formula more than ever before--and they did so without a single filler track.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As with previous efforts, Cancer for Cure pushes the sonic envelope of hip-hop beyond its contemporaries from the very start
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Not much on this album is immediate, and that’s a little disappointing, but more than any other National work, Trouble Will Find Me hints at depths upon depths hidden beneath the surface of thirteen very pretty songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Animal Collective at their finest folks, inviting everyone in to see them at their peak and loving the freedom that comes with being on top of the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copia is Cooper’s greatest work to date, but it leaves even more roads for him to take.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Worse Things Get is a listen that tears and breaks, an album defiant and loud as often as it is anxious and sad.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Burn Your Fire for No Witness’ eleven songs benefit greatly from the heightened sense of clarity afforded by the more spacious arrangements.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Shepherd's Dog proves that Beam is worthy of the attention that he is given and actually a brilliant musical mind rather than some guy who got lucky enough to make a great album in his bedroom.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    On Meir, Kvelertak prove that it's actually okay to play happy metal without appearing saccharine or contrived.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Old
    While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenal record by a band at a creative peak that's as fully realized and as utterly terrific as the myriad other peaks they've hit during their brief but already illustrious career.