Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,305 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 Age of Adz
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,305 music reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Moms is] about lamenting family trees and the things that created us worse for wear. Together, Harris and Seim have created a rock album punching the stomach the way their lyrics do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Monomania demands an undivided attention and continuous play to truly see the beauty within its surrealism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! is a truly unforgettable experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good music that works, effortlessly, and is even easier to love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's their most accessible record both musically and lyrically.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What you find in Transcendental Youth aren't answers to any big questions, but instead questions to a bunch of answers that never meant anything before but now seem exceedingly important.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it's a lengthy record, at just over an hour, it's a rewarding one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What ultimately hits hardest is the aesthetic singularity of everything here.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Listening to something like Thursday is the ultimate form of escapism that so many of us flock to music for. That's a quality that should be celebrated, not criticized for its lack of immediate pleasure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It takes several spins to fully comprehend the ambitious scope on display here as this is the kind of record that unravels the longer one ventures into its gorgeous textures, subtle progressive leanings and consistently clever lyricism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EP
    For its obvious melodic strengths, though, EP is a tease, slowly removing one layer at a time until its heart is revealed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a depth to these tunes, one that comes not out of fast nights and wrecked relationships but the hindsight and experience of age; it's a well that, thankfully, seems to be getting deeper and deeper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Right now I'm pretty content with digging The King of Limbs as I'd dig any new record: enjoying the personality that comes from the record itself and not the name behind it. And guess what? Radiohead makes good music. As if you had any doubt.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visions often feels suspended in the best way possible, both in time and space.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Terje’s cocky, frisky songwriting skills shine, and It’s Album Time easily clears the high bar the producer set for himself through his remixes and EPs.
    • 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.