Under The Radar's Scores

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For 4,462 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Love Kraft
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
4462 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many dream-pop bands don't have songs this good nor do they have singers this good who aren't afraid to put their vocals up front without burying them with effects. Those things, along with the wonderful production (by Gonzalez himself) are what makes this release truly exciting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the more upbeat material that really stands out here, however, as ultimately this feels like a blast of energy and catharsis as well.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The original nine tracks have all been remastered, sounding just as crisp and thumping as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While intended as a love letter to their longtime fans, this 23rd LP from the Japanese rockers feels more like an optimal entry point for newcomers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soft Sounds is ambitious not only because it throws so much in, but because it aims to push a coherent whole out the other end. It's experimental pop that wants to experiment while still sounding like pop, and it really works.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    On Need to Feel Your Love, that power is there, but its effect is slightly diminished by a few overly long songs and the number of tracks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bill Orcutt remains a record for the adventurous, sure, but it's his furthest cry from Harry Pussy yet. It's delicate, varied, and yeah, mature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In all, HAIM continue to craft engaging pop music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an impressive return for a band that set the bar high years ago and continue to clear it with ease.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This is the archetypical B-sides and rarities album. Thankfully, Beach House's B-sides are equivalent to most bands' A-sides, yet we are still left with a mixed bag.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sonically and narratively many of these cuts are smarter than they seem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On his latest LP Mister Mellow, his first for Stones Throw, Greene broadens his sound from down-tempo bedroom pop to cruise ship house that makes for an enthralling listen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a Mood is an album that begs to be taken on the road and to be danced to and will be there to help you through your own tough stuff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Neither a wasted note nor a moment of excess can be found on Bedouine. And in a time of gross artistic pretentions, it bares none of those things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beach Fossils are best when they stick with what they know, which is why tracks such as "May 1st" and "Be Nothing," with their spangly guitar lines and easygoing lilt, remain high-points on this laid-back summer record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Dust offers as much while also feeling like Laurel Halo's most cohesive work to date is almost a minor miracle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a distinct '90s sound, a channelling of Pavement complete with head-swaying riffs going on here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Here the minimal setting makes not just the lyrics more prominent but the melody as well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Prepare for all the fiery guitar solos, vocal howls and whoops, and the ever-present double-drummer attack and honking harmonica you could ever need. Overall, Murder of the Universe is an audacious, wild masterwork by a band who can never rest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one of those zeitgeist capturing records, all done without compromise or a hint of triteness. Algiers were once a band with promise; now they've fully arrived.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than just a retread of old territory, though, Weather Diaries is the most polished-sounding record they've assembled.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Only occasionally on a track like "Ternary" does Haley manage to land deeper cuts with a drifting, introspective piece that winds down and starts up again, hinting at dancefloor potential before stepping back at the last moment. It works; there's just not enough of it elsewhere on Iteration.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Melodrama's swirls of strings and bursts of glimmering synths show a pop star in her prime. Between rage, elation, and all of the mistakes in-between, Lorde is more self-aware than she's ever been.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The experiments don't come off, while the pop style disappears under endless repetition. That isn't to say it's not lovely and engaging for while-it is-but too much of a good thing is still too much.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    They make music that is distinctly their own, and this latest effort is another example of that ability. Its beauty and craft are on display throughout, providing a glimpse of music that is a joy to hear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If last year's Singing Saw had the pace and feel of going down river, City Music has that of heading down the avenue. Morby vacillates in both settings comfortably, claiming them as his element.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Peaking Lights continue to advance their sound by blurring genre lines and this time found a winning combination of hypnotic reggae beats, airy synths, and semi R&B grooves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Real High is the best Nite Jewel record and most definitely one of the best of 2017 so far.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Of course, at 14 tracks and over an hour long, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing suffers some of the pitfalls of the long pop album. There is some filler, particularly around the middle. ...However, the trio is better than ever at their signature sound: the lush ballad.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In its entirety, the ambition and scope of the project is matched by the combined talent and imagination of four musical friends whose association seemed to just emerge from the ether.