Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,376 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 The Airing Of Grievances
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,376 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It’s easily the most charming she’s ever been--she's no master hunter, but she doesn't need to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great album, tweaked.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a record that's immediately familiar yet inventive, funky, fun, and always impressive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact it can get a bit homogenous and maybe a tad over-the-top with its concept, Fortress is one of the most entertaining metal albums I’ve heard in a long time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a density to these tracks that belie the airy, simple nature they seem to suggest and it's this quality that gives them such life beyond the initial listens. Through his channeling of other artists imaginings, Sam Amidon is earning himself a place in the folk world that's genuinely his own.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each of Hecker's layers are shards, something incomplete, but with just enough shards, a fragmented, disturbed image is formed, and that is the result of Ravedeath, 1972.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Meiburg's voice, charisma, and songwriting dominate this album, his backing band does a fantastic job of growing and falling, creating the dramatic effects he envisioned.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This split is a nice mix of an old band showing they can still play with the best of them and a band that's still trying to figure out just who they want to be.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once again, Kate's found a new sound world to operate in and made an effortlessly great album that works both as a conceptually cohesive whole and as a set of standlone songs as warm and comforting as a roaring fire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As The Stars is an album for the wide black metal audience, because it shows how bands don’t always have to choose a side and then put up blinders to the world around them. Things can be integrated, but only insofar as the breadth of a band’s musical vision and their talent in transcribing that vision into their songwriting. Woods of Desolation are more than adept at both.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Veckatimest works like a cash-back bonus, the more you give in to it, the grander the return.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bitte Orca is an unorthodox listen; racking your brain and melting your heart all in the same instant, and that is something to appreciate.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shade better than Send Away The Tigers, itself heralded as a return to form, and in a year that hasn't really been anything special so far for straight-ahead rock, this is a standout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Edginess and quirkiness aside, the band's latest is an immaculately constructed beast that never straggles behind or overstays its welcome.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a cohesive unit letting it rip in the studio for by far the shortest album of their careers--and not a note is misplaced or wasted, despite how (intentionally) messy it sounds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Elemental isn't quite on par with their earlier material (more than a few tracks here are simply nothing more than feedback loops, as if the group were deliberately trying to sound scary instead of just simply being scary), as a whole package it's still a genuinely disturbing yet fascinating experience from two men truly caught up in a dialogue that only they seem to be able to hear.