Under The Radar's Scores

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  • Music
For 3,946 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 6.2 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:
3946 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Au Revoir Simone might want to explore organic instrumentation further--the vocal harmonies would flourish--although the lyrics could wilt in the exposure. [Summer 2009, p.64]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not quite background and not quite foreground. But probably more background, like a film soundtrack--that could be fixed with just a little more variety. [Spring 2009, p.64]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is much potential here, and once you get past all of the sound-like gestures, the band's abilities can shine through. [Spring 2009, p.71]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The songs are brief and direct, the best of them hit hard and make a real impression, and the worst breeze by innocuously, instead of lingering like Mos' painful past failures.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    One can't help thinking most of these new tracks would connect better in video format. [Summer 2009, p.68]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By using fewer overdubs, Sunset Rubdown is actually undermining its strengths of expectation-defying structures and lavishly decorated arrangements. [Summer 2009, p.69]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What starts as an Avalanches-like ring-tone gallop ultimately blows its load on dancehall-robo sex. [Summer 2009, p.73]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The latest album from Los Angeles' Busdriver is dense. [Summer 2009, p.73]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the plethora of posthumous Buckley releases, one might think this another attempt to market a legacy. But none could argue Buckley's strength as a live performer, and the tracks here are fine documents. [Summer 2009, p.71]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Holsapple and Stamey cover a lot of ground on Here And Now, but the common element is the glorious melodies and natural harmonies that can only be borne out of decades of musical partnership. [Summer 2009, p.74]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the perfect summer album for anyone who was a huge Zeppelin fan in high school. [Summer 2009, p.60]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hometowns deftly hurls the civic pride of Sufjan Stevens and the unshorn shuffle of Deer Tick like a bale of alfalfa into a farm-bound pickup. The trio ultimately lacks the breadth or lyrical thrust of the premier artists on their R.I.Y.L list. [Summer 2009, p.82]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is a frustrating, anticipatory quality to Person To Person: always promising, but often dropping you off short of ecstasy. [Summer 2009, p.65]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Plenty to like, but it's hard to love Jospehine. [Summer 2009, p.61]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While not an album for those expecting the driving, energetic thump of 'Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysinger,' Riceboy Sleeps is an excellent introduction to Birgisson and Somer's work. [Summer 2009, p.62]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The package itself is labyrinthine in how it houses so many layers of content, but it's too bad that much of the material isn't quite essential, making this a release for die-hards only.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Deastro never succumb to trite suburban ennui affections, sounding like they're having the time of their lieves as they navigate the percolations and gurgles of this riotous album. [Summer 2009, p.70]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Troubled, Shaken Etc. show that Sian's sophomore effort is a lesson in artistic restarint being a detriment. [Summer 2009, p.62]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Little Hells showcases the 27-year-old's charcateristically breathy, reverbed vocal and crisp picking style, bringing delicate warmth to a chillingly gothic soundscape. [Spring 2009, p.67]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The second disc, and the real treat here, is a barebones live recording of Zopoula playing in his backyard. [Spring 2009, p.77]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rhino attempts to place the focus back on the music, to put you right back there in the mud. And they succeed, man--just don't eat the brown Metamucil.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Moffat's drawn from a more experimental palette, illustrated nicely on his fine outing with ad hoc backing band The Best-Ofs. [Spring 2009, p.72]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Humbug ruminates, but doesn't quite offer an extraordinary reply. [Fall 2009, p.61]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The other songs vary, some likely not making the full-length cut due to being eclipsed by stronger, similar-sounding material. Still, fans of Furr will find plenty to like with Black River Killer EP.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Season's Dreaming is hit-or-miss, much like the first few albums of their greatest influence, but Blind Man's Colour has the talent to figure it out and separate their sound not only from Animal Collective, but the herds of bands with simialr influence. [Summer 2009, p.60]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Long's amazing guitar work, evident since his solo album, also does it best to break through, but in the end, can't. [Fall 2009, p.62]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fizzing with unbridled energy, 11:11 is an ideal musical pick-me-up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Everything shows how a solid foundation of ideas can be steadily improved upon. [Fall 2009, p.68]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Steady but not stupendous. [Fall 2009, p.64]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a sprawling, psychedelic masterwork, rife with knotty tangles of discordance and serpentine riffs.