Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,329 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 New Again
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,329 music reviews
    • 99 Metascore
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    Can was light years ahead of their time, and the ideas they present in Tago Mago and sequential albums are still incomprehensible even in today's eclectic and varied music scene.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It's totally different from everything he's done while still being perfectly, irrevocably Kanye.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Deafheaven’s second outing is wondrous celebration of boundless ambition and pure artistic vision.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Change is what led them to write the album they needed to, and in turn, left us listeners with the album we needed to hear. Change reminds us that we didn’t know Every Time I Die like we thought we did--but they sure read us to a tee with From Parts Unknown.
    • 91 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.
    • 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
    • 84 Critic Score
    No Cities To Love is a triumph. Not only does it meet every one of our over-the-top demands as fans, it serves as a great entry point for those new comers who have yet to be introduced to one of the most important bands of the last quarter century.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
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    St. Vincent is a challenging art pop album that convincingly balances the beautiful with the ugly, and ultimately stays human despite its futuristic leanings.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The best parts of classic rock find a home in Holy Vacants without ever seeming forced.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is perhaps the most unforgettable work of her career.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is the sound of an excellent singer, songwriter, arranger, and, I’d argue, thinker translating those strengths into some of the most stirring music you’ll hear this year. Loud City Song may not be loud, but the echo it makes is unforgettable.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs are fun, intimate, personal, and at times simply epic.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Converge has become synonymous with consistency, and the band's latest effort proves that after seven albums they still have what it takes to put their listeners through hell in the best kind of way.
    • 88 Metascore
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    By combining these previously worked on sounds in new ways Thursday have created an album that is not only new and unique, but also unmistakably their own.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a pang of guilt does he sample his former self, like a torch carried to its final flicker of illumination. And to hear all that, to be able to almost feel that happening, is to bear witness to an artist working at the apex of his talent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wildlife was a great leap forward, and Rooms Of The House further evolves their sound.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s safe to say that, Person Pitch just might be album of the year (so far, at least).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    I Love You, Honeybear is the rare love letter that manages to capture all the ugly, bitter sides to a relationship, the angles covered in shadow and hidden behind front doors, because it understands that these are the moments that make up a full and fulfilling relationship between two people with issues and histories and feelings that are more often awful and conflicted than not.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Whether or not you’re a fan of their earlier, grittier material or their newer, more polished recordings, Is Survived By is a massively engaging and surprisingly triumphant record, and you cant expect anything but for them to continue to add to their ranks of love-moshing fans with an album that is just so damn solid.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rich and intelligent, it's a welcome blow of muted midnight compulsions, swimming in its own tides against the sea of bombast and extravagance that's taken root in recent years. Underwater dance music at its finest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The entire album is a collaborative project, in that sense; yet each song acts like a personal journal entry, documenting Justin Vernon's experience back with the living, after being with the ghosts of memory for some time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a ferocious and captivating listen that twists and turns through the deepest darkest depths all the while pushing forward into new sonic territory.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Veckatimest works like a cash-back bonus, the more you give in to it, the grander the return.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devotion does something remarkable in making the universal--love, heartbreak, and yes, devotion--feel specific, simply because Jessie Ware doesn't sound like she's lying.
    • 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.
    • 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
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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.
    • 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
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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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    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
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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
    • 84 Metascore
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    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
    • 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
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    Copia is Cooper’s greatest work to date, but it leaves even more roads for him to take.
    • 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
    • 84 Critic Score
    All of The Migration’s greatest moments showcase a band at the top of its game, quelling the anxiety fans possessed during the record’s inception.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Upon repeated listens, Our Love reveals itself as quite the complicated record; nothing ever stays still for very long, whether that’s Snaith’s serpentine compositions or his lyrics, so often cast in shadows as they are triumphantly lit up.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    On Meir, Kvelertak prove that it's actually okay to play happy metal without appearing saccharine or contrived.
    • 83 Metascore
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    While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.
    • 83 Metascore
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    A phenomenal record by a band at a creative peak that's as fully realized and as utterly terrific as the myriad other peaks they've hit during their brief but already illustrious career.
    • 83 Metascore
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    With their eighth studio album, Yellowcard anything but disappoints.
    • 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
    • 86 Critic Score
    Talk of pretension aside, Rival Dealer is an important piece of work, a genuinely astounding and jaw-dropping release that deserves every pair of ears it can find.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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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    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.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Sonically, Nikki Nack is a joyous record which sees Gabril bursting at the seams with restless energy and tremendous creativity.
    • 83 Metascore
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    There’s plenty to be pleased about here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
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    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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What the album lacks in refinement and songwriting polish, it gains in the unflagging energy these tunes emanate.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Even more than any of their previous outings How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident bridges the gap between efficient noise rock, whip-smart comedy and timely social commentary.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Black Up is at first mind-bending and perhaps confusing in its production and aesthetic, making it easy to lump in with fringe rap artists cLOUDDEAD. But to do so ignores the visceral qualities of the album, both in Butler's lyrics and in the production.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Wilco have had their peaks and valleys, but they have never sounded as confident as they do on The Whole Love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Nine Types of Light proves how hard this quintet can hit, experimental New Yorkers or love-sick idiots.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Major/Minor is just another testament to Thrice's ability to do no wrong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Electric Lady is also a dazzling artistic statement, a fiendishly clever endeavor that oozes enough feminine charm, wit and charisma to endow dozens of regular pop starlets with.
    • 82 Metascore
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    With all its sonic diversity, consistency and precision, ...Like Clockwork is an impressive step in the right direction.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Their anti-rave anthems have simply improved beyond what anyone could have possibly hoped for, and Sepalcure is set to turn a lot of heads, in and outside of its constantly argued over genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's undoubtedly his most impressive collection of songs in over two decades.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of the circumstances surrounding its creation, Curse Your Branches is Bazan's best album to date.
    • 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
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    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Slave Ambient is the work of a band making us listen for every piece of them.
    • 82 Metascore
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    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
    • 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
    • 86 Critic Score
    The album captures the artist in scintillating form with its potent mesh-up of gutsy inventiveness and great maturity.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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
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    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.