Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,279 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 The Age of Adz
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,279 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's hard to slate Harps and Angels too much, because the music is actually quite good in places and it's nowhere near bad enough to be a chore to listen to.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a density to these tracks that belie the airy, simple nature they seem to suggest and it's this quality that gives them such life beyond the initial listens. Through his channeling of other artists imaginings, Sam Amidon is earning himself a place in the folk world that's genuinely his own.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each of Hecker's layers are shards, something incomplete, but with just enough shards, a fragmented, disturbed image is formed, and that is the result of Ravedeath, 1972.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Meiburg's voice, charisma, and songwriting dominate this album, his backing band does a fantastic job of growing and falling, creating the dramatic effects he envisioned.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This split is a nice mix of an old band showing they can still play with the best of them and a band that's still trying to figure out just who they want to be.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once again, Kate's found a new sound world to operate in and made an effortlessly great album that works both as a conceptually cohesive whole and as a set of standlone songs as warm and comforting as a roaring fire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliant.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    As The Stars is an album for the wide black metal audience, because it shows how bands don’t always have to choose a side and then put up blinders to the world around them. Things can be integrated, but only insofar as the breadth of a band’s musical vision and their talent in transcribing that vision into their songwriting. Woods of Desolation are more than adept at both.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's clearly her best album, but it's also her most frustrating, because it really drives home her potential and hints at so much greatness without ever truly delivering it.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bitte Orca is an unorthodox listen; racking your brain and melting your heart all in the same instant, and that is something to appreciate.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shade better than Send Away The Tigers, itself heralded as a return to form, and in a year that hasn't really been anything special so far for straight-ahead rock, this is a standout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, Fucked Up aren't nearly as good as Refused were thought to be, but hey, Refused aren't even as good as they were supposed to be, so Fucked Up may yet be remembered as revolutionary.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Elemental isn't quite on par with their earlier material (more than a few tracks here are simply nothing more than feedback loops, as if the group were deliberately trying to sound scary instead of just simply being scary), as a whole package it's still a genuinely disturbing yet fascinating experience from two men truly caught up in a dialogue that only they seem to be able to hear.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is both gorgeous and fearsome, and one couldn't ask for anything more.