Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,284 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 Echoes of Silence
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1,284 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    One Of Us Is the Killer is the explosion all of us were hoping it’d be, and yes, lethal as ever--now it’s just easier to pick up the pieces afterwards.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Like the album it constitutes, ["Emptiness Will Eat the Witches"] rarely illuminated, yet beautifully moving and unquestionably engrossing.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exploding Head holds as one of the most consistent, mind-blowing releases this year, unwavering of an any possible identity crisis.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It veers from cautious optimism, to sadness and to those odd moments where you feel anything's possible. Young and Crazy Horse continue to run free.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In Focus? is far and away his boldest record to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He trumps his incredible debut in every way without resorting to drastic tactics in order to avoid some sophomore slump, instead subtly perfecting his approach to great effect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Defense of the Genre is the best major label release of the year, and the most surprising album to boot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Historical Conquests is astonishing for its depth of exploration in the folk genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It’s that vital connection between Lorde’s present-day ruminations and the uncanny way her music hits on such a fundamental level with all that dirty, romanticized nostalgia that makes Pure Heroine such a success beyond "Royals'" ostensible aim of looking down its nose at the Miley Cyruses and Taylor Swifts of the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So once more, the Dodos feel fresh, a little bit more thoughtful, and every bit as happy to get us tangled up in ourselves. Of course there's color to No Color. It's just this time there's black and white and grey as well- colors they've never used before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Mainstream baiting notwithstanding, With Light & With Love is the best Woods record yet, a tinkering of the charmingly sincere folksiness of Bend Beyond into something even more muscular and full-bodied.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, An Imaginary Country is probably Tim Hecker's most accessible album. In a way, the record bridges together the elements heard on previous albums, only without regurgitating old ideas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Diamond Eyes is wild and serene, and I can honestly say its Deftones' best album to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be an especially immediate album, and is definitely not one which can be listened to as background music for fifty minutes, but its slow-burning qualities turn what initially may seem a little messy, into a satisfyingly cohesive release.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    At once highly inventive and unabashedly fun, the album showcases the trailblazing pop star at her most expansive thus far. M.I.A. adroitly capitalizes on her established style, embellishing it with moments of genuine intimacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    These two seemingly disparate parts combine in an off-putting but refreshingly rough-and-tumble way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Filled to the brim with consistently excellent songs, Once More 'Round The Sun serves as a blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    New Again feels focused and sure; the band sounds confident despite yet another lineup change.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s so perfectly and lovingly written and produced, recalling everything that made you fall in love with the band and their life affirming sound to begin with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What makes Repave different is that it’s the result of multiple creative minds at work, and that synergy is what makes the record so invigorating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Carrier, finally, brings that emotional subtext to the front, and the result is a Dodos record that is thrillingly translucent and crushingly intimate, almost uncomfortably so. It’s love and loss, as straightforward as you please.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    John knows what he does best and that's exactly he delivers, every damn time like clockwork.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A passionately resonating, electronic-underscored tour de force that somehow never betrays their true essence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You, You're a History in Rust is nothing short of an experience; emotional enough to take the listener on a journey, and subtle enough so that not a moment of the record feels contrived.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Behind The Sun is an early contender for the best heavy psychedelic album of the year, and a mandatory listen for any rock fan.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous melodies are painted across a variety of instrumental backgrounds, forming an ideal blend of his more traditional emotionally-charged ballads and bolder, more unfamiliar pieces.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Havilah will remain as yet another great record from one of the most talented acts currently playing rock music.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    England Keep My Bones finally gets the combination right and stands right alongside Love, Ire and Song as one of Frank Turner's best works.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deacon nips the synthetics that allowed Spidermanâ??s sandpaper production to grate, opting instead for smoothly textured layers, a trick that strengthens a brilliantly executed dance album into dramatically structured art.