Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,359 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Echoes of Silence
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,359 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a whole, Sharon Van Etten really hits the nail on the head with her third try.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What does set this apart from Actress' earlier pieces is the incredibly organic feel that this album seems to thrive on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of 2011's premier releases in alternative rock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where its cool and dynamic at first, by the time the albums over you get the sense that there was too much, too quickly, and something was certainly lost. While it may break away from the hardcore realm, giving these songs more room to grow and expand would have greatly increased the replayability of Parting the Sea beyond the first listen or two.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a much, much more consistent album, it's got nothing as immediate as "Mansard Roof" or "A-Punk", and it moves a little toward the pop end of their sound, but other than that it's business as usual.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Avi Buffalo wear their musical influences on their sleeves (Built To Spill, the aforementioned Shins, Elephant 6, etc. etc.), and their lyrical direction is more Superbad than J.D. Salinger, but it's charming without being cloying, poppy without being overly sugary. Most importantly, it's the kind of debut that leaves you thrilled for what the future may bring, and that's something special.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ohnomite is another solid addition to a growing, consistent discography.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The instrumentation at hand is stellarly crafted, the riffs are infectious and most of the album as a whole is certainly on par with the band’s discography. Yet Intronaut’s most blatant change--foregoing harsh vocals, and only utilizing singing--is a decision that severely dampens the group’s fourth studio outing.
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    At the end of things, Morning Phase remains exceedingly lovely but disappointedly insubstantial; not a sea change at all, but just another passing phase in a career that’s made a specialty of them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While his lyrics may not make complete sense and can be hypocritical at times, Nas is on top of his game with Life Is Good.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album you appreciate not because you have to, but because you want to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album isn't about questioning convention, but rather embracing it. The music radiates melodicism, with each song inviting the listener into an environment of splendorous euphony rather than alienating with irregularity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Goon surpasses any suggestion of mediocrity by a significant margin.
    • 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.