Tiny Mix Tapes' Scores

  • Music
For 2,372 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Runners Four
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans
Score distribution:
2,372 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arbouretum succeed through absolute concentration and craftsmanship, eschewing the easy crescendoes of mid-aughts post-rock in favor of more organically evolving swells.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    II
    II is gonna get you. It's gonna fold you up, flatten you in its steel press, and make a revolting panini outta ya. Then it's chow time. So long, sucker.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On this album, Garbus attempts to do this in a sophisticated and admirable way, and in the very form of her music, she offers a potential solution of a sort.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Explosions In The Sky continue to tap into this special vector of imagination, emotion, and possibility, making everything that much more vivid.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Art of the Improviser is a testament not only to the improviser's art, but also to solo and group composition, both in the immediate and overarching sense.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band's aching for that contradictory limit can be felt quivering in every inch of Aesthetica. It is to their credit that one feels at peace through the record's most violent and cataclysmic moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The timing may be off, but Total transcends trends to be one of the year's best dance records, and a likely cult classic in the making.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a primeval sense of exuberant abandon here that, again, many bands working in similar territory try to capture, but that is rarely manifested so completely. And for hookiness, this is as habit-forming an album as you're likely to come across.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's got more of an arc and sense of unspoken redemption than most contemporary albums that parade themselves as such. It's also one of those rare albums that starts out great and gets better over its 45-minute length.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alias gives us a promise that, after closing a three-year mute gap, after a decade of production and creation, there is still in him an artist to be excited about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good a distillation of pop's best qualities as I've heard all year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twin Sister ultimately make music seemingly wired to appeal to our most intrinsic pleasure centers, and--as befits the album's title--it's nothing short of rapturous.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The shorter form of most of the songs (none longer than five and a half minutes) means that you rocket through The Hunter at what feels like breakneck speed, strapped to an intergalactic, pyrotechnic rollercoaster of awesome.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This uncanny sound field suggests a different set of priorities from the usual transcendentalist rock seekers, and Trust Now is all the better for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Composed by two musicians at the height of their craft, the album reveals itself, thus far, as the apex of a limited genre still forming and as one of our finest contemporary acts of remembrance and ascension.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Biophilia the "Bjork album" stands with the best of them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now, on On the Water, they've paced themselves, slowed down the tempos, and left room for ambience, such that the album's fevered points hit much more poignantly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album from a songwriter at the peak of his powers, having tempered his imaginatively destructive impulses with his affection for all things old, rough, and beautiful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fearing that these songs were indicative of indie-pop conformity would not only be ignoring the group's rich and varied history with melody and rhythm, but also underestimating the ingenuity and convictions that Longstreth has consistently boasted throughout his recorded career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Komba, their beats are deeper, darker, and more powerful than before, pointing the way towards a new direction for the band and, consequently, their audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fuck Death will blow your mind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's good. Very good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is complex, life-affirming music that's both serious and playful, steeped in tradition yet as highly original and forward-thinking as anything you're likely to hear this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the things that give an album its personality--the sound of a band finding its feet, the little tempo fluctuations, the requisite "are we rolling, Bob?" fits and starts--are here in spades.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Kevin Barnes is really trying to make good pop. Paralytic Stalks is just that, bombast and all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maraqopa is a shooting star, an album bursting with presence of mind, a testimony to emotional rebirth buoyed by recurring themes of freedom and transcendence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its funereal funk can be hard to shake off; its catchiest hooks stain and discolor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xiu Xiu is so earnestly committed to its project that its music inevitably bursts through its own irony to the other side.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Elemental, Demdike Stare give us glimmers of melody - looped chimes or listless piano figures - shivering out from the cloud of reverb, but for the most part what we get are dub shadows of songs, low on contrast and grainy with dust particles, uncanny echoes and malevolent drones.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real genius of this record, and of Ghost Box's output more generally, is that it works even if you don't 'get' the references in anything like a conscious sense, even if they don't make you feel 'nostalgic' per se.