Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,303 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 The Airing Of Grievances
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,303 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, Nikki Nack is a joyous record which sees Gabril bursting at the seams with restless energy and tremendous creativity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    obZen is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging record, and is without question an early contender for metal Album of the Year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nine Types of Light proves how hard this quintet can hit, experimental New Yorkers or love-sick idiots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Major/Minor is just another testament to Thrice's ability to do no wrong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s plenty to be pleased about here.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    With all its sonic diversity, consistency and precision, ...Like Clockwork is an impressive step in the right direction.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    A completely brilliant beginning to what hopes to be a long and bright career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slave Ambient is the work of a band making us listen for every piece of them.
    • 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
    • 82 Critic Score
    Wakin On A Pretty Daze comes into focus with context, though, as does any accomplished record.