Under The Radar's Scores

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  • Music
For 3,544 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
3,544 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brighten the Corners has held up nicely and reminds us of the special gift Pavement had for hyper-literate songwriting that was humorous and heartfelt all at once. [Year End 2008]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dear John is Svanangen’s true masterpiece. [Winter 2009]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a concept album, listeners will need to forgo Gainsbourg's typical mixed bag of song structures within an album in favor of more similar songs threaded with recurring musical motifs. [Spring 2009, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a superb record, a spirted illustration of sepia-tinged Americana that feels linked inextricably with Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavillion" as one of the not only most hyped, but also finest records of 2009. [Spring 2009, p.66]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an era of scripted and calculated music, the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants Dirty Projectors thrill at every blind turn they barrel through. [Summer 2009, p.65]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This music has history in its chords, and it is as powerful today as it was 20 years ago. [Holiday, 2009, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stripped for much of the time of the horns and orchestral adornment of the first disc, Newsom turns a celebration into a confessional. Just when it seems Newsom couldn't possibly have any more rabbits in her hat, the third disc contains some gospel flourishes that concentrate her voice in a whole new way, bending down low to grab some bit of soul.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a smoky voice reminiscent of Dusty Springfield, Burhenn wrings all emotions out of these tracks with seeming effortlessness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    James Murphy absolutely crushes the follow up, placing him on the shortlist of artists that truly matter, [Spring 2010, p.64]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trying to put The Suburbs in historical context at this stage is difficult, but it evokes Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation in its evocation of political discontent coupled with sheer white noise outbursts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Am Very Far is certainly one of the best records of the year, but looking at this stretch of recordings with such a finite lens is doing them a disservice: this is music to cherish forever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pageant exists in a rarified echelon of R.E.M. records, alongside Murmur and Automatic for the People as one of their unimpeachable classics.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's hope this superb reissue, replete with loads of essential "7 singles and ephemera remedies that, and introduces this seminal band to a new generation of indie rock fans. [Jul 2011, p.90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here she simply stopped trying to impress and simply assembled through feel and intuition, and, taken as a whole, it feels perfect. [Jul 2011, p.82]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does the original record sound incredible, the bonus tracks are revelatory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A remarkable accomplishment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Manages the not-at-all-easy feat of sounding remarkably undated and, well, timeless. [#39, p. 72]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another singular album from a truly idiosyncratic voice, Apple has once again invited us into her lushly conflicted inner monologue.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copper Blue was the fierce masterpiece. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.123]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These recordings carry an arresting immediacy that hasn't waned a whit over the past century. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.124]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It stands tall as the best R&B album in a long while, if not the best album in a long while.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeasayer capture this seemingly ineffable fear, dread, and paranoia with wide-eyed clarity throughout this astounding album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For 50 minutes, Rage Against The Machine is in superb form, showing that its vision was strong from the start. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.92]
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    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This three-disc expanded reissue, featuring the remastered album with sparkling original B-side "Silver Springs," a disc of early takes, and a concert from 1977, does the original album, and its story, justice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Vampires of the City is their best album to date, one that should not only maintain their level of popularity but elevate it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With seven bonus tracks and an 1800-word essay included in physical copies, this is a rare treat. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.132]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Made In California does the band and its legacy well. [Aug/Sep 2013, p.103]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The immersive experience of sinking into the lovingly detailed Sound System will serve as a reminder of why fans agree with their label's slogan, "The Only Band That Matters." [Aug-Sep 2013, p.103]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's his best album in that much time [decade], easily, and sure to be instantly beloved by fans who hold Sea Change to be his crowning work. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.71]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    High Land, Hard Rain remains a career highlight.... Knopfler’s production has aged reasonably well, but the cover of Van Halen’s "Jump" (a B-side extra) shows how Frame’s perverse streak could have been managed more creatively.