The 405's Scores

  • Music
For 1,090 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998
Lowest review score: 15 Revival
Score distribution:
1090 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A touch more volume on the instruments and a bit of extra distance between one man's mouth and his microphone, this might have been a blissful exercise in studied yet clamorous rock music.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The record's very nice, but swimming alongside adequacy rather than soaring for the top isn't a wonderful career move.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Songs in the Key of Animals lacks the focus of A Love Extreme, but then again, we're talking about an album that was supposedly written on the fly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Weatherhouse houses its own experiences but could just be listened to as a sub-experience of Radiohead. It shares many of experimental shifts using beat and synths to explore mood, only without the hooks and utterly unique melodies that nobody but Radiohead can produce.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The production is tidy but one note, the instrumentation resolutely professional. The vocalist has a few touchstones and reverently shifts from one to another without exactly lighting any fires of his own. Back in 1992 they would call this alternative rock.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It works well enough as a snapshot of where Everett finds himself as he approaches middle age, but the overwrought agonisation on the past and infuriatingly samey instrumental choices make it a difficult record to love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Garbus' sound is still a little too vague, still in need of some real streamlining; the promise remains blindingly obvious, but the execution, for my money at least, is still missing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At Best Cuckold is much like the autumnal vibe it tries to project in that, like autumn, you don't mind its existence but you kind of just want to go back to that excellent summer again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a pity they remain slavishly committed to a successful template and too often Atlas feels like a memory of a memory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a continuation of U2’s work at this point in their career, Songs of Experience is a decent addition to their legacy that longtime fans should be generally pleased by. However, it still suffers from the same issues that have made U2 so polarizing in recent years, and is unlikely to change anyone’s mind about the band one way or another.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wysing Forest has a time and a place but unfortunately falls short of the mark that was set by Abbott's previous memorable output and the work of his peers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times it's quite boring, but at times it's very good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Public Service Broadcasting's intentions are to be praised, even if the result is weak and unfocused. If the SDP leadership had formed a band, it would sound like this.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The production on the album is very shiny and polished, but at times far too cut and paste as every chorus seems to be layered with Sia's vocals, providing a backing falsetto.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Subtlety is in short supply on Lost Themes II, with soaring guitar solos, industrial synthesisers and violent percussion throughout.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although Green Lanes is a total bore, it is cool how they bear this mask on a handful of different songs. They've made that style of storytelling their own.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Moon Rang Like A Bell starts off with captivating momentum, a potential to take you on a whimsical, emotional journey. But along the way it seems to have sacrificed that sense of purity first apparent in its experimentation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's encouraging that there are some clear signs of expansion on Brightly Painted One, but the question now is whether Tiny Ruins really have anywhere else to go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In terms of the surface tones and textures, the tracks in question are interesting enough--pretty, even. The underlying structures that govern these tones and textures, however, don't allow for anything approaching the band's typical intensity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Noveller has created a pretty, stretched, tasteful, insubstantial record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Volcano's songs seem to lack the spontaneity Sun Structures was built upon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall it’s a fun album of two halves. The first half tows the line between the cheesy elements of radio pop that even the snarkiest Slayer fan secretly loves, and some truly inspirational, if not fleeting, compositional substance. The second half, although still very much a fun listen, somewhat strays.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's hard to decide if what Yeasayer have created with Amen & Goodbye is a case of pop genius, of if the result is a load of over the top, art-rock pretensions. It seems that whether Yeasayer are really the future sailors of experimental indie, still remains to be seen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Haiku From Zero offers up plenty of mesmerising moments, but they come with a damaging amount of baggage and ultimately the record falls a little short of the tropical dream that it envisages.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Cherry Bomb's low moments hold back the album's highlights, hopefully the high points are a sign of things to come.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Junto holds few surprises and its not the strongest album to sit in their catalogue, but it is reassuring to know that the boys are still making the music they love for a global dance audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whilst it's certainly performed with skill and respect for the golden era of soul music, there's a sense that it's a bit too tightly controlled.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfocused in places, it only comes together as a whole in fleeting moments... but those moments are really rather lovely, so there's enough here to say that Lia Ices remains a talented artist and one to keep watch over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At its best, Antisocialites is a raw effort from a band who swears they've been around longer than they have, composing a handful of very good songs, with a majority of flukey, bored-out-of-my-fucking-mind songs that seem to drag one after the other. Alvvays' main flaw remains their lack of authenticity, a tragedy for a band with this much potential.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Quite possibly rushed so the house number could match the year, J. Cole's latest album is a damn good attempt, but it just isn't the real deal.