Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,323 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 Cosmogramma
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,323 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For the first time, the band is inconsistent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall the album is a strong crowd pleaser so to say, though most of the album has to work a bit to get out of the long shadow of the major anthems hitting you early on in the first fourth of the track list.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Immunity presents itself as the missing piece of the puzzle, the catharsis we were conditioned not to expect. In this very moment, our preconceptions of Jon Hopkins have been entirely undermined--and there’s little to do but enjoy the hell out of the twist of events.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Steingarten is a unique take on ambient/glitch inspired music however it’s lack of musical progression brings it down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an album you can connect your own hopelessness with. It's weirdly relatable, this album, with not really its lyrical content but its various moods.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fade is not an exciting record on its face, but finds itself in the emotional peaks that surface hazily here and there, through colorful production and exquisite songwriting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Squire helps to mount these stories and it’s this that makes Lost Wisdom last.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend banks on showering its tribal pop with lyrics poised for literary analysis, skimping pretentious by appearing completely natural.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    White Fields and Open Devices is simply one of those albums that is well-composed and well-executed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Parallax, unrealised masterpiece or not, sounds like the man in his bedroom with a thousand songs to leave unexplained.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Barwick's most evocative instrument, one that sparkly piano notes can only help fill the room for, and one with which she diminishes too many comparisons to Panda Bear and other leftfield pop musicians.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's tempting to label it as "primitive", what with that understatedly ominous cover art, but that undersells the album's strange immediacy, the way that these tracks feel absolutely familiar in spite of their grave otherworldliness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pissed Jeans have polished up their sound as much as is seemingly possible and because of that they've crafted their finest record yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slave Ambient is the work of a band making us listen for every piece of them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Doomsdayer's Holiday is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of balancing the eclecticism that marred "Burning Off Impurities," and it has some amazing moments, but the album as a whole is too nebulous to be complete nirvana.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Stage Names, despite being dense, is rarely difficult and is probably the band's most accessible effort to date.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    At Night We Live is refreshing. Far are heavy, but without sounding like a generic rock band, poppy yet not cheesy, and proud to show they are back.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ranging from dense electronica to stark piano ballads to an amalgamation of indie pop, electronica, and concert orchestra, The Magic Position envisions a magical world where Wolf has everything he could ever want at his disposal.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's Blitz will probably date badly and, despite clearly being better than "Fever To Tell," it probably won't be remembered by as many people, or as fondly by those people. Regardless, it IS a great album, and one that's come completely out of leftfield as far as its style and its depth goes.
    • 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
    • 64 Critic Score
    Some of it wants to carry on the torch of its predecessor, other parts of it want to redefine Karnivool, and other parts don’t even seem to have any discernible purpose, like those god-awful interludes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brothers marks for perhaps the first time in their career that the Black Keys may have opened the door on a new chapter, one that revolves more around the band’s refined songwriting, monster hooks, and growing grab bag of influences than on any one classic sound.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's possible Pain Is Beauty would have benefited from some more time spent songwriting and fleshing out the overall direction of the album's sound, there's still more than enough impressive songs to make this a worthy addition to the Chelsea Wolfe catalog.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While lacking the immediate and defining qualities of their previous releases, the album still manages to outclass its peers in almost every regard.