Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,314 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 Merriweather Post Pavilion
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,314 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Go Tell Fire to the Mountain and WU LYF by extension soar on how excitingly singular they are; I want nothing more than to love this, just this, forever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tomboy is every bit as good as it promised to be, and more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two Suns then is everything it could have been--a worthy follow up to Bat For Lashes’ Mercury nominated Fur & Gold... and so much more. Here and now, take a trip, you just may come out enchanted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In its execution, the record is near flawless, an essential distillation of the sounds of Gonzalez's youth, nostalgia and melancholy and happiness all mixed up into a sparkling pop stew.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feed the Animals, despite its tentative start, is chocked full of the same bombastic booty-shaking moments that defined "Night Ripper."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is good because Letlive know their strengths here, hooks and Butler, push both ahead to the front, and come out with the best eleven tracks of their career thus far, easily.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For its new fond feeling and its quick animal stride, t offers something that we can all be swept up in, and all from the moment "Animal Life" gets close.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes this effort so different is its ability to transcend those mere qualitative descriptions and transport one’s mind to its most emotionally darkest corners--even if it has to clear away some of the cobwebs that we attempt to veil our pain in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is much more of a traditional rock record than anything else Frank has done, and that’s a good thing because it means that it’s probably the most consistent album he’s made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pretty much, Say Anything offers more for fans and opens up the Say Anything sound for new ‘users’ to come and enjoy. It’s the perfect balance of a step forward and a redaction to a more “safe” sound.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the soundtrack to every want and desire, and every wish and memory--but most of all, it is simply beautiful.
    • 76 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    What truly puts Swift’s fifth full-length in its own class is the combination of brilliant songwriting and incredible production. Those two strengths come together throughout 1989, but no track showcases it better than “Out of the Woods.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elsie is nostalgic, contemplative, and persistent; it's also one of 2011's best.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ceremonials is truly one of the few recent pop LPs that works both as a collection of individual songs and as a true album, with the right balance and flow to keep the record captivating from start to finish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make a point of hearing one of the angriest, most intelligent, and subtly hopeful albums of 2012.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s absolutely no way Queensryche’s self-titled album will disappoint long-time fans that have been clamoring for a return to what initially made the band special.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Centipede HZ is a reaffirmation. It reminds us that Animal Collective plays interactive, now and forever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without hyperbole, it is one of the most fun, vibrant, rewarding, intelligently structured pop records to shimmy through these parts in quite some time, taking cues from whichever electro-punk-pop-DIY-indie-sludge-rock hybrid 21-year-old Londoner Mica Levi fell in love with when she was 14.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Hymn to the Immortal Wind does anything, it establishes Mono’s place among post rock’s top dogs, and for this reviewer, easily gives them the title. Everyone else is just generic or something.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a complete package, The 20/20 Experience will surely be remembered as one of the first of what will hopefully become a trend in popular music of releasing challenging, experimental, and expertly written material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of edgy, pop-infused rock composed with intelligence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Confident and complex, it's a standout debut from one of the most promising artists of the last few years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is easily one the band’s best album and possibly the best album of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Dope Body have managed to modulate their sound without watering down the characteristics that made them unique in the first place. In consequence, Lifer is a ferocious record that deftly coalesces noise rock with early grunge and psychedelic flourishes. It's a trip down memory lane well worth taking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Sarah and Josh have created a very well-written balance between depth and melody that sets them apart from many pop acts that are around today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Regina has basically mastered everything else too; it's hard to see her making a wrong move anytime soon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's the very definition of a grower, and this record has something Born to Die never had: more reflection.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With every compilation, tracks are bound to fall flat. However, the turnover rate is relatively low, making Dark Was The Night so refreshing and ultimately a worthy purchase.