Tiny Mix Tapes' Scores

  • Music
For 2,310 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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 a ghost is born
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans
Score distribution:
2,310 music reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s not that 31 Knots aren’t succeeding in flexing their musical chops--they just don’t know where to take them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Recession, then, is a portrait of the artist as an over-his-head young man.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Maybe Now or Heaven isn’t an awful record, but it’s certainly one that strips away everything I felt was compelling about the band to begin with.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, There’s Me and There’s You is a precipitate more than a catalyst, a document far less persuasive than a documentary about its own creation would be.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The album’s an impressive document of Barrett’s talent, but I don’t hear the hooks that similar acts like Belle & Sebastian built their name on. Without them, The Pica Beats remain an also-ran.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Freedomland is frustrating because it documents possibly compelling works by a band whose performances captured here were probably compelling, too. It just doesn’t reach the standards of prior work, so I’ll just keep waiting for their next studio album.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You can’t fault the band’s energy or enthusiasm, but You and I doesn’t bring enough of its own ideas to the table to make it essential listening.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But as difficult as it may be to overlook the flaws on this record, May somewhat redeems himself with, heaven forbid, mere quaintness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The musical accompaniment, courtesy of his more-famous friends in The Minus 5, is solid, workmanlike. Unfortunately, the vocals are placed front and center, and Harding’s inflection puts added emphasis on embarrassing lyrics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    His songs are built around solid hooks and show enough dynamism to keep the listener from hitting the ‘next’ button, but when the album is through playing, there’s no pressing need to hit ‘play’ again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    These tracks are lifeless, and the multitude of sounds turns to mud, eventually eating itself.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Repo runs out of ideas so quickly it starts to appropriate its own ideas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Helena Costas and Danger Mouse combine the former’s folk pop proclivities with the latter’s penchant for hip-hop and psychedelia, and the results are mostly awkward and cumbersome.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Scattergood’s voice is the star, but it can be utterly distracting, a vessel for an expressive, prolific writer who may be too afraid of the revision process.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Musically speaking, Bones is a promising young talent with the benefit of access to many other skilled players. Lyrically, however, he’s far from refinement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While definitely not an ideological Plan 9 soundtrack, it’s not an unearthly eyeful either.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Essentially, the band only seems to have bit off a little more than could be chewed, and Outside Love feels like a slight misstep.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It feels as if Smith is drawing from long-gone, innocent, pre-fame events in his life, but as they recede, his stance becomes more wistful and increasingly confused. The music, unfortunately, follows suit.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Divided By Night has few worthy moments and a whole bunch earmarked for the couple of "Fast & Furious" films. The guys still have the goods, but this album will not be well-remembered.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, This is for the White in Your Eyes sees a band with great potential whose ambitions too frequently get the best of them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    On The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z, for arguably the first time in his career, sounds tired and old; too tired and too old to create a new blueprint, but not to create a third copy; too tired and too old to create new styles and ideas, but not to regurgitate them; too tired and too old to tell a new story, but not to tell an old story of a time when swagga belonged to the gods, one in particular.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With 13 songs to sit through, it all sounds like the same riffs, verses, choruses, and rhythms in slightly different contexts. It also sounds like a big disappointment from a band that roared out of the gate with several nice 7-inch cuts and a strong debut album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While no one could accuse Sylvian of playing it safe, the exercises that make up Manafon are neither experimental nor aesthetically pleasing enough for me to recommend this album.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A real carnival of a mess, completely inconsistent, sometimes really horrifying, and, more often than not, entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The group is at their strongest going off on long, meditative tangents of minimalist techno, but too often GusGus obscures their instrumental prowess with lyrical absurdity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For all of their wonderful contributions to modern pop music, McCulloch and Sergeant aspired for too much this time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Indeed, Annie’s given us a few winning singles but also a lot of glitz that can probably be ignored after one listen or two.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This robot-induced hypnosis leads less to genuine enlightenment than it does to pointless New Age dehydration.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When Joyner’s at his best, he can break hearts in the most hopeful way possible; in these moments, he is as reinvigorating as a much-needed cry. But most of the songs on this album lack this quality, instead coming off as contrived and, as a result, harder to relate to.