Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,386 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 Microcastle
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,386 music reviews
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Edginess and quirkiness aside, the band's latest is an immaculately constructed beast that never straggles behind or overstays its welcome.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 78 Critic Score
    Sister Faith may not be entirely consistent, yet in the long run it proves way more heartfelt and genuinely bruised than a typical hardcore punk offering.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ecate ended up as the Italians' hardest hitting and most streamlined album so far.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is Happening is a marathon-length listen, as in, if you can find a way to deal with James Murphy’s silly, sometimes bizarre lyrical themes and grand scale tracks, it may be worth the wait.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ten Stories is at ease with its ambiguity and style-shifting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sleigh Bells have crafted something entirely unique and that in itself is commendable, and the fact that they've done it with such a bold sound is all the more praiseworthy (or even surprising).
    • 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
    • 40 Critic Score
    I can't help but admire the wondrous technicality of the band members, but I wonder if they could have deployed it in a more tasteful way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album as a whole makes for an unnerving, yet oddly rewarding experience which needs to be undergone by every fan of eclectic metal.
    • 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
    • 74 Critic Score
    Yeezus is a challenging album. Usually when people say that, they imply that there will be a reward for closer listening, but I’m not sure that there is with this album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sometimes The Blues is Just a Passing Bird is a quieter set of songs, and an EP that continues to reveal both the talent and ambition of one of the most exciting folk artists of recent years.
    • 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
    • 40 Critic Score
    The result is an album that is being asphyxiated by an extremely strong hand, and that proves to be the death of it all.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Killing Time is another solid collection of songs from Bayside... Yet another base hit, but still no game-winning home run.