Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,351 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:
1,351 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slave Ambient is the work of a band making us listen for every piece of them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Essentially the best debut album of 2010 thus far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    At its best, Overgrown brings to mind Frank Sinatra's iconic In The Wee Small Hours, a record that acts as almost a thematic analogue in its lonely tone and ultimate embrace of love as a painful yet beautiful emotion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Wakin On A Pretty Daze comes into focus with context, though, as does any accomplished record.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ONE… doesn't feel like work for G-Side, rather it feels like a first love, a record that gives a hundred percent to garner every compliment it earns: flowing, smart, sexy, and even global to those who hear it and its grand tone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The album captures the artist in scintillating form with its potent mesh-up of gutsy inventiveness and great maturity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Japandroids' (or JPNDRDS) first full length--Post-Nothing--is the perfect embodiment of the post-teen angst, excitement, anxiety and fuck-it artlessness of finally packing your bags and moving on, wherever the destination as long as it’s at least a million miles away from home.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no pandering to authenticity here, no appeal to the emotion: Love Remains doesn't drag you into its world with any sort of force whatsoever so much as it places square within it, naked and indifferent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I hear Wheel slightly differently every time I listen to it, but what stays the same is the overarching feeling that there is some ungraspable quality to it, something indefinable in the way these songs come together, as if multiple worlds are eclipsing each other while remaining individually visible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Colored Sands is exactly what a Gorguts record should sound like in 2013 and will surely breathe for years to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    They Want My Soul chases that sound far past anything Spoon have done to date in their careers. It’s a chase I hope never ends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Women occupy a unique place in the indie rock spectrum. Their songs and makeup can put them nowhere else –- Public Strain would be a Deerhunter album if it weren't for that sneer in its lip- and yet their music is completely singular.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sycamore Meadows is an album that was born from heartache, and it’s on its saddest and most visceral numbers that the album truly shines, and perhaps gives some validity to that old lie about art.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Moms is] about lamenting family trees and the things that created us worse for wear. Together, Harris and Seim have created a rock album punching the stomach the way their lyrics do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Monomania demands an undivided attention and continuous play to truly see the beauty within its surrealism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! is a truly unforgettable experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good music that works, effortlessly, and is even easier to love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's their most accessible record both musically and lyrically.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What you find in Transcendental Youth aren't answers to any big questions, but instead questions to a bunch of answers that never meant anything before but now seem exceedingly important.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But for all the praise it should receive for being the record Deerhunter were destined to make, what will make Microcastle a classic (and this has every right to become a classic) is what the album means to the person listening.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's both primal and audacious, raw and approachable, unnerving and at times comforting. Most of all, though, it tackles the relationship turmoil in a brilliantly inventive and thrilling fashion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If the point of music is for us to take something from it - whether it be an emotional response or a change in mindset or any sort of inspiration - then The Age Of Adz is the most selfless album ever recorded, and Sufjan is the most giving composer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it's a lengthy record, at just over an hour, it's a rewarding one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What ultimately hits hardest is the aesthetic singularity of everything here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But really, it's Kozelek's voice in all its imperfect glory that makes April (and indeed all of his other work) as wonderful as it is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Listening to something like Thursday is the ultimate form of escapism that so many of us flock to music for. That's a quality that should be celebrated, not criticized for its lack of immediate pleasure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than just a pretty acoustic record, Harris, through Grouper, has created a startlingly vivid and brooding shoegaze gem that works in spite of its length and first impressions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It takes several spins to fully comprehend the ambitious scope on display here as this is the kind of record that unravels the longer one ventures into its gorgeous textures, subtle progressive leanings and consistently clever lyricism.