Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,269 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 Nine Types of Light
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,269 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
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    This album is a swirl of pure emotions and grandiosity, but is never overbearing, never feeling like anything more than your own personal score. Thus, it’s completely brilliant.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Exit is a classic, a refreshing and rewarding experience that is sweet and euphoric and brilliant. Exit should make Tokumaru a star.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Merriweather Post Pavilion is heartbreaking and heartwarming, and you can either disregard what is one of the most pleasing, enjoyably rich and rewarding releases of the past decade or you can rally with the rest of us, and clap, and sing, and blare it through the earphones on your iPod because we are still all the things outside of us.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 77 Metascore
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    New Again feels focused and sure; the band sounds confident despite yet another lineup change.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Everything about Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II demands worship and solidifies Raekwon as one of history's best with a continuation that exceeds his original debut in every way imaginable.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Perhaps it’s too early to mark this out as a game changer, but there’s something undoubtedly visceral here, an untouchable element that tugs ever so bristly at the connection to the depths of music that not even time might seek to mellow it.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Time will tell if "Cosmogramma" is the most definitive moment of his career, but at this point it seems the realm of electronic music is open for Flying Lotus to be the next big visionary of his genre.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Diamond Eyes is wild and serene, and I can honestly say its Deftones' best album to date.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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.
    • 80 Metascore
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    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.
    • 84 Metascore
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    This is a triumphantly singular album that explores a space that only this band could have made.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Nine Types of Light proves how hard this quintet can hit, experimental New Yorkers or love-sick idiots.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It straddles that difficult line between accessible and adventurous, making for a fine stopgap between Fiery Furnaces records and an excellent summer album regardless of the year.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Mylo Xyloto proves that Coldplay are quite simply the best pop band in the world, bar none.
    • 82 Metascore
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    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 84 Metascore
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    As with previous efforts, Cancer for Cure pushes the sonic envelope of hip-hop beyond its contemporaries from the very start
    • 73 Metascore
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    Her best effort yet.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The Seer is everything we could have hoped for--it is Swans, standing proudly and unabashedly at the top of their game after nearly thirty years.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It's the construction of it all that's so perfect: that the music can follow, this time, but still be what Grizzly Bear are all about.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Justin is foremost an entertainer, and as is clear after about three tracks, The 20/20 Experience is hardly a vanity project; the songs are simply good enough that their length becomes an afterthought.
    • 72 Metascore
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    With a fan-pleasing alteration in style and 'no-filler, all-killer' logic, the outfit have churned out one of the their most widely appealing efforts thus far, not to mention a staple release for stoner rock in 2013.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Killer Mike and El-P release a short, 33-minute record absolutely brimming with ten of the hardest bangers known to man.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Old
    While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The best parts of classic rock find a home in Holy Vacants without ever seeming forced.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While m b v is a record that is more than capable of standing on its own, at the same time it also sounds exactly like the sort of thing that we might have expected My Bloody Valentine to produce two decades ago, and this noticeable lack of allegiance to the present is perhaps the most potent thing about this entire revisionist affair.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Deafheaven’s second outing is wondrous celebration of boundless ambition and pure artistic vision.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues might be the most important album of the year, and its message will hopefully seep into music culture and spread till records like this don’t *have* to get made anymore.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    All You Can Eat is easily the band's funniest and most diverse offering to date, their confidence coming out in full force this time around.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is much more of a traditional rock record than anything else Frank has done, and that’s a good thing because it means that it’s probably the most consistent album he’s made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s true that this is the warmest Janelle Monae has sounded in quite some time; her music now is more a magnifying glass than a mask.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is all about being strong. It reaches out and tries to help make sense of it all. It's a comforting empathy. The stories are intensely personal but are so easily transferable beyond their original inspiration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of edgy, pop-infused rock composed with intelligence.
    • 70 Metascore
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    It is something brand new and completely unexpected.
    • 77 Metascore
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    You, You're a History in Rust is nothing short of an experience; emotional enough to take the listener on a journey, and subtle enough so that not a moment of the record feels contrived.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s safe to say that, Person Pitch just might be album of the year (so far, at least).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copia is Cooper’s greatest work to date, but it leaves even more roads for him to take.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Earthly Pleasures, in contrast to the water-tight radio punk of its predecessor, overflows with ideas, even if it’s to the detriment of the material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    The Historical Conquests is astonishing for its depth of exploration in the folk genre.
    • 74 Metascore
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    It is easily one the band’s best album and possibly the best album of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The Shepherd's Dog proves that Beam is worthy of the attention that he is given and actually a brilliant musical mind rather than some guy who got lucky enough to make a great album in his bedroom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It stands well alongside any classic Springsteen record you can mention.
    • 65 Metascore
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    As a concept album, it's halfway to becoming an amazing cycle. There are a few flaws and the second half of the collection to worry about, but so far, Thrice has produced another stunner.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Defense of the Genre is the best major label release of the year, and the most surprising album to boot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's excellent, to be honest. Jay-Z sounds relaxed and comfortable in his legacy on the mic: he's not feeling as pressed to perform as he did on Kingdom Come, and the MC just lets his talent flow effortlessly.
    • 66 Metascore
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    The Bedlam in Goliath is simply an immense album.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It's a scarily mature album for a bunch of 21 year olds to have recorded, and the pairing of its ambitious lyrical concepts and motivated songwriting is something to be admired.
    • 83 Metascore
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    New Amerykah reveals its considerable depths and strengths, and invites the listener to invest the time needed to explore them.
    • 83 Metascore
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    obZen is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging record, and is without question an early contender for metal Album of the Year.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    By listening to What Does It All Mean?, you're giving yourself a vital history lesson, a blast of fun, and above all, some 130 minutes of fantastic music.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Feed the Animals, despite its tentative start, is chocked full of the same bombastic booty-shaking moments that defined "Night Ripper."
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 88 Metascore
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    One of the best albums of 2008, Dear Science, is an album you can ramble on about for nearly 600 words before you realize you forgot to mention 'Golden Age,' arguably the best song on the album.
    • 64 Metascore
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    It seems that Blue Lambency Downward while sonically easier to comprehend has become Kayo Dot's most diversely opinioned album.
    • 80 Metascore
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    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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good music that works, effortlessly, and is even easier to love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Circus is a top-rate pop album that, with a little bit of justice, will be afforded the same sort of longevity as her brilliant early singles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Havilah will remain as yet another great record from one of the most talented acts currently playing rock music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With every compilation, tracks are bound to fall flat. However, the turnover rate is relatively low, making Dark Was The Night so refreshing and ultimately a worthy purchase.
    • 79 Metascore
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    All in all, An Imaginary Country is probably Tim Hecker's most accessible album. In a way, the record bridges together the elements heard on previous albums, only without regurgitating old ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deacon nips the synthetics that allowed Spidermanâ??s sandpaper production to grate, opting instead for smoothly textured layers, a trick that strengthens a brilliantly executed dance album into dramatically structured art.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hazards of Love is shockingly good.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Two Suns then is everything it could have been--a worthy follow up to Bat For Lashes’ Mercury nominated Fur & Gold... and so much more. Here and now, take a trip, you just may come out enchanted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without hyperbole, it is one of the most fun, vibrant, rewarding, intelligently structured pop records to shimmy through these parts in quite some time, taking cues from whichever electro-punk-pop-DIY-indie-sludge-rock hybrid 21-year-old Londoner Mica Levi fell in love with when she was 14.
    • 75 Metascore
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    If Hymn to the Immortal Wind does anything, it establishes Mono’s place among post rock’s top dogs, and for this reviewer, easily gives them the title. Everyone else is just generic or something.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Veckatimest works like a cash-back bonus, the more you give in to it, the grander the return.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rousing vessel in which Wolf has finally had the chance to channel his newfound zany confidence into his most extravagant and captivating record yet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far
    Regina has basically mastered everything else too; it's hard to see her making a wrong move anytime soon.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
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    There’s rarely a song here that isn’t beautiful: Fortino’s sense for gorgeous melodies, both instrumentally and vocally, simply shines throughout.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Regardless of the circumstances surrounding its creation, Curse Your Branches is Bazan's best album to date.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Exploding Head holds as one of the most consistent, mind-blowing releases this year, unwavering of an any possible identity crisis.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Pretty much, Say Anything offers more for fans and opens up the Say Anything sound for new ‘users’ to come and enjoy. It’s the perfect balance of a step forward and a redaction to a more “safe” sound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I feel like I can whittle away my days listening to this album and only this album for the rest of my life, and never have to feel anything except what this album makes me feel. Which is to say, everything.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Broken Bells is the crown jewel of each musician's discography and is a necessity for fans of either one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By all means engage yourself in Tomorrow, In a Year, for the prize at the end is one of the essential experiences of the young year. Just understand the scope of the expedition you’re embarking upon before you go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Option Paralysis equivocates the maturation of musical ideas over the Dillinger Escape Plan's storied career, as Miss Machine and Ire Works are currently looking as mere test samples leading up to this point. In all, Option Paralysis is a work of art, but don't think for a second they've gone soft on us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He trumps his incredible debut in every way without resorting to drastic tactics in order to avoid some sophomore slump, instead subtly perfecting his approach to great effect.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The entirety of Blue Sky Noise blows away anything else that Circa Survive have ever done. It is immense, it is challenging, and it will make fools out of those who doubt it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be an especially immediate album, and is definitely not one which can be listened to as background music for fifty minutes, but its slow-burning qualities turn what initially may seem a little messy, into a satisfyingly cohesive release.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Archandroid is everything her fans had been hoping for and then some; Monae has earned her place at the forefront of black music in 2010. This ballsy, funky, and furiously intelligent album is pop as everybody wishes it would be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Freed from the aesthetic demands of an odd-couple partnership, Big Boi (Antwan Patton) improves on the standard set with 2003's Speakerboxxx, an ostensibly solo work crystallized inside a double-album set, delivering a record that's rigidly focused and almost uniformly strong.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The point is that MAYA has to be taken as it comes, culture jam and all, and it's precisely at this point that it works out to be one of the most refreshing albums to hit the shelves in a long, long time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lisbon is an album from a band finally using the full palette of their talents to adapt and come out the better for it, and that's a pretty picture to behold indeed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Harlem River Blues is Justin Townes Earle's crowning moment. It's relaxed without being tiresome, vintage without being gimmicky. Most importantly, it's great. The songs are great, the lyrics are great and there's not a weak song on it.