The 405's Scores

  • Music
For 484 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Vulnicura
Lowest review score: 20 Under the Volcano
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 484
484 music reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vocally, Black Messiah is sparse, but sonically, it is accomplished and fulfilled. Every sound, every instrument, every lyric and harmony is in the place it needs to be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By having more passion, more energy, more imagination than most of the field combined. By making an album that's weird and wild and I suspect unlike anything else that'll be released this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it's as gloriously complex, grandiose and naturally magnificent as what he's presented on Sauna and the couplet of albums that preceded it, you can entirely empathise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Time to Go Home is an unrepentant triumph that will ultimately establish the group has one of the most important musical voices showcased in 2015.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is perhaps even more ambitious than its predecessor and, unlike East India Youth's debut, finds the artist stepping out from the shadows to produce a stunning, transformative electronic record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Genuine, life-affirming innovation is hard to come by, but you recognise it when it asks more questions than it gives answers. I challenge you to find an album that's less intended for straight-up consumption.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world it creates is in many ways richer, more affecting and bolder than the ones that came before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether they're delivering something rocking, glistening or simply breathtaking, almost every song on this 12 track effort is a gem (only the strange sound collage that is 'Go In' falls flat).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Similar to the likes of Animal Collective, it weeds out the ordinary pop listener to reward the fan devoted to deciphering its layers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    To combine filmic orchestral scores with the punch of hip-hop, the fun of indie-dance, flavours of funk, nocturnal London sounds, glistening electronica, with such natural fluidity makes War Room Stories a genuine pleasure to listen through; and makes it not just an interesting but an important step forward in highlighting the versatility of "the band", as well as in prolonging its perceived shelf-life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Inspirational work, yet again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Oxymoron is rather brilliant, and provides a perfect foundation to build upon in later releases. An exciting release from an exciting artist.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At just 40 minutes in length it's concise to say the least, but the result is a hearty meal that will subtly introduce you to a new flavour every time you return.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album is a thrill from start to finish and is perhaps surprisingly accessible, particularly if you are aware of their previous work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's certainly far more accessible, and much more ingrained in traditional dance and electronic styles, but it still has that unfamiliarity that remains The Knife's trademark.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The title couldn't be more appropriate--it's an album about the healing power of music, a testament from someone who made it through, a shout to keep going.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As with all instrumental rock, Forgetting The Present is hugely evocative and powerful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On the Strange Weather EP, she takes this signature style and applies it to the songs of other artists who share the same particular penchant for music that finds inspiration in the dark recesses of our minds. This proves stunningly successful, no doubt responsible in part for the help Calvi recruited in the form of producer Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the Johnsons) and one Mr David Byrne.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The joyous moments continue to come thick and fast as you work your way through The Voyager.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a tremendous record, that simply, and effectively puts their contemporaries to shame.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a record created entirely on his own terms, and in doing so he has also produced one of the finest records of his remarkable career.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Physical World confirms everything we'd hoped for: DFA still know how to produce unstoppable energy, they still know how to push a bass guitar to its full capacity and they still know how to inject tonnes of fun into not just their product, but the wider spectrum of music itself--and there's not much more you can ask for, especially after so long.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is what it sounds like when an artist matures, discovers a confidence they perhaps never knew they had, and return, revitalised.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Heartleap works superbly as a collection of songs, and can only serve to extend and preserve her legacy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An incredibly physical record (both tonally and lyrically) with a greater focus on percussion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Grouper tenderly and quietly beckons you nearer, allowing the sadness to seep into your bloodstream. Lyrics are distant and difficult to decipher, however it isn't hard to comprehend the emotional weight of each track.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've got the patience, then this is a remarkably rewarding listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We are left at its end feeling reflective, yet somewhat lost as to how these feelings we just experienced could ever be rediscovered. It's something that only the power of music can create, and Bing & Ruth do it with style, elegance and tact.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is not the private masterpiece that Person Pitch turned out to be, but it might be the final triumphant salute to an unforgettable chapter in Lennox's career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nine albums in Belle & Sebastian may have just achieved what many once thought impossible--they've reinvented themselves and perhaps in doing so, released one of the most important records of their career.