Under The Radar's Scores

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  • Music
For 3,754 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Love Kraft
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
3,754 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the album is perhaps not as wholly satisfying as 2007's "In The Vines" and could benefit from a tighter structure, City Of Refuge, aided by contributions from Jana Hunter, Scott Tuma, and Sufjan Stevens, among others, sees Castanets craft passages of evocative, dusty beauty. [Fall 2008, p.74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Journey To The West begs to be paid attention to and listened to in one sitting, a remarkable feat for what would in lesser hands feel like a lessoon in culural history. [Fall 2008, p.77]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bound Stems make it work for the most part, especially when the band recognizes the merits of orderly arrangement and the times when a simple, catchy melody will suffice. [Fall 2008, p.79]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Mighty Ship is just what you'd want froma naval vessel--it rocks you gently. [Year End 2008, p.83]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This tantalizingly brief EP will please fans if The Blow, MGMT, and Hot Chip. [Fall 2008, p.88]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The remastering job has done wonders for the songs, which sounded limp in their original format. Here they pop and sparkle. [Fall 2008, p.90]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wrapping her melodies around her stabbed guitar in 'Give Me Back My Heart Attack' creates a wonderful effect, and the slow sway of 'It’s Okay' entrances. [Fall 2008, p.86]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    True to its title, Flashy is heavy on sheen, and bombast that blinds like glitter on a dirty bar floor. [Year End 2008, p.82]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Melodia represents a clear fade from glory, but only a slight loss of merit. [Spring 2009, p.74]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its ultimately about serving the power of the jam, an aesthetic of which Grails have a solid grap. [Year end 2008, p.82]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rafter's latest EP is innovative dance music that will appeal to indie-rock kids who also like to shake their asses on the dance floor. [Fall 2008, p.88]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brun’s cracked porcelain soprano is best heard when not overlade with overwrought fragility. [Year End 2008]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This new four-piece lineup seems to allow for a more diverse sonic palate with only a minimal amount of lost vigor. [Fall 2008, p.78]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wild Beasts have an art rock sensibility for sure, but these songs read like deranged fairy tales of clamoring male maturity. [Fall 2008, p.85]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The throaty, distressed vocals of James Johnson bring a bit more center stage gristle than this feely kinda stuff often gets. Well done. [Year End 2008]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, Berlin: Live is a wonderful closure for a black sheep in Reed's discography as well as a vital document of an artist still infused today with the same spirit that guided his creative golden years. [Year End 2008]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their move from stripped-down R&B to a more revue-based feel here only works in spots, however. [Fall 2008, p.86]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The music’s so great that Eska’s vocals are often intrusive and sometimes embarrassing. [Year End 2008]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a whole, though, there’s not a whole lot of spark, and not much to remember. [Winter 2008]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The decision to release the limited edition of Parallax as a literal soup can is apt--this one is a rather diverse broth of fey sounds brought to a twee-funk boil. [Year End 2008]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The music is fairly straightforward break-down electronica with some fine moments, but a little too much muted trumpet. [Fall 2008, p.89]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Moth Super Rainbow principal Tobacco's new solo full-length sticks to the formula established by his band, but adds a healthy dose of drum machine. [Fall 2008, p.87]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The only cohesion is in the artist, which is reason enough for some, but for most, this is a "collector’s only" item. [Year End 2008]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For All I Care, the trio’s first all-covers album, underscores their capacity for democratizing yet again, but the fitful ease of amalgamating Ligeti’s stark neoclassicism ('Fem (Etude No. 8)') with Heart’s goofy lilt ('Barracuda') sounds too harmless, with or without a powerful singer. [Winter 2009]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To Lose My Life is satisfying and consisitent throughout, even if White Lies treads daringly close to one-trick-pony territory. [Spring 2009, p.75]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Through it’s lean 39-minute run time, You & I holds strong to a keen sense of melody. [Winter 2009]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While undoubtedly inventive, the album wears thin far too soon. [Winter 2009, p.78]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What we get is a haunting, dreamy album. [Winter 2009, p.81]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Synths dominate, furthering industrial flavors, with less propulsion and less editing. Both are missed, but still: a decent trip. [Winter 2009, p.78]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hush finds the band careening dangerously close to the realm of pastiche. [Winter 2009, p.69]
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