Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,295 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 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,295 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
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    New Again feels focused and sure; the band sounds confident despite yet another lineup change.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Diamond Eyes is wild and serene, and I can honestly say its Deftones' best album to date.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nine Types of Light proves how hard this quintet can hit, experimental New Yorkers or love-sick idiots.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mylo Xyloto proves that Coldplay are quite simply the best pop band in the world, bar none.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Her best effort yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Killer Mike and El-P release a short, 33-minute record absolutely brimming with ten of the hardest bangers known to man.