Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,384 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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 Kaputt
Lowest review score: 10 The Weirdness
Score distribution:
1,384 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tears of the Valedictorian is easily one of the best records of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of 2011's premier releases in alternative rock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where its cool and dynamic at first, by the time the albums over you get the sense that there was too much, too quickly, and something was certainly lost. While it may break away from the hardcore realm, giving these songs more room to grow and expand would have greatly increased the replayability of Parting the Sea beyond the first listen or two.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a much, much more consistent album, it's got nothing as immediate as "Mansard Roof" or "A-Punk", and it moves a little toward the pop end of their sound, but other than that it's business as usual.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Avi Buffalo wear their musical influences on their sleeves (Built To Spill, the aforementioned Shins, Elephant 6, etc. etc.), and their lyrical direction is more Superbad than J.D. Salinger, but it's charming without being cloying, poppy without being overly sugary. Most importantly, it's the kind of debut that leaves you thrilled for what the future may bring, and that's something special.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ohnomite is another solid addition to a growing, consistent discography.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The instrumentation at hand is stellarly crafted, the riffs are infectious and most of the album as a whole is certainly on par with the band’s discography. Yet Intronaut’s most blatant change--foregoing harsh vocals, and only utilizing singing--is a decision that severely dampens the group’s fourth studio outing.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    While his lyrics may not make complete sense and can be hypocritical at times, Nas is on top of his game with Life Is Good.
    • 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
    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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album you appreciate not because you have to, but because you want to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album isn't about questioning convention, but rather embracing it. The music radiates melodicism, with each song inviting the listener into an environment of splendorous euphony rather than alienating with irregularity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Goon surpasses any suggestion of mediocrity by a significant margin.
    • 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
    • 76 Critic Score
    There's a fair bit of tension in his rhymes and it works for him. Earl upholds a dangerous, unpredictable presence--when he slurs “step into the shadows, we can talk addiction” in “Grief” there aren't many who would take up the offer--but at times he holds himself wide open.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Ecstatic is solid from front to back, but it's not always entirely cohesive. The production is uniquely executed, with the beats often focusing more on sample placement than drums and bass, but it's this lack of a low-end that sometimes makes your head nod in backwards directions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lie Down In The Light is still slightly marred by this uneven pace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Empty Days and Sleepless Nights offered songs that were entertaining enough without lyric booklet in hand, Letters Home is much more dependent on its story for emotional impact.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flying Lotus has once again proved that he is an artist that can consistently reinvent himself and make his new sound just as effective as it was before
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust is just another Sigur Ros album, but if I can be the first to say it, our "first vital band of the 21st century" is starting to feel old hat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Back To Black is by far the best popular soul album I’ve heard this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good music that works, effortlessly, and is even easier to love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Similar to UGK's "4 Life" earlier this year Dilla's friends, family, and admirers have created a(nother) great tribute to one of hip-hop's great.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They’re some decisive stuff, yet tend to leave the listener strangely alleviated, especially the title track: it’s the perfectly weird, yet high-energy song to get anyone out of their bedroom. That is, when they return to listen to this album again, of course.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the organic and artificial sounds found in Actor, St. Vincent’s voice melts the two clashing styles into a divinely pleasurable experience.