Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 1,463 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Holy Vacants
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
1463 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    99.9% is an assertion of identity and a rejection of identity and a whole lot of other things all at once, and provides some of the most incredible music of the year all the same. If this is the sound of hip-hop today, we’re in a good place.
    • 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
    There are several elements from their entire career fused with new ones, as well as a newfound accessibility that also signals a creativity boost. It's great to see Underworld this vital once again, indeed facing a shining future.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a bit front-loaded, and not every track will floor you, but it’s definitely the most summative album of Robert Plant’s career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Metals, in its muted, gray imperfection, feels vital--even when it isn't.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Connector, the accomplished quartet have recorded an immersive album that is not only satisfying in the moment, but also reveals further layers and textures upon subsequent listening.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    In two albums, the man shatters our conceptions of music--and in the finale of his trilogy, he glues the pieces back together and hands the end product back to us, thereby redefining the word ‘musician’ in a single gesture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times, it can be a difficult piece of work and its dark themes may require a few spins to grow on the listener. Irrespective, Drums and Guns is a fine piece of work, Low's best since Things We Lost in the Fire.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is, simply and purely, a great, if blissfully weird, Blur record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's their most accessible record both musically and lyrically.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They're not really revolutionary because there's nothing that ambitious in them. Rather they're content being a light Dinosaur Jr., making pleasant, noisy indie rock with tambourines and static that's more an aural treat than a mental stimulant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Le Bon is doodling, but as she refines it, CYRK becomes a clear piece of work with a well-clarified core.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The placement of certain tracks on Microcastle are an obvious glaring weakness, but one cannot take away the pure execution and quality of the songs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The riffs are meatier, the leads are catchier and the breakdowns, while still present, are reserved for only optimal moments, making The Powerless Rise an instantly memorable modern metal album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    While Die Without Hope is a mixed bag, I enjoyed it enough to at least recommend it to Carnifex fans, fans of deathcore, or even fans of blackened death metal who are looking at a band with some potential in the genre.