Under The Radar's Scores

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For 3,453 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% 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 Love Kraft
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
3,453 music reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are decades of material here and plenty to revel in for years to come.
    • 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The real beauty of all the context provided here for this batch of songs is not that it extols or magnifies, but that it humanizes.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Today though, with the skyline dominated by the likes of Kanye West and Plan B on their respective sides of the Atlantic, to hear this genuinely groundbreaking group in such magnificent high definition is probably the closest we're going to get to going back to any of today's megastar's roots.
    • 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]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Other than the fact that it came out a little late, there isn't a single thing wrong with it. [#8, p.113]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's just that damn good. [#7]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Manages the not-at-all-easy feat of sounding remarkably undated and, well, timeless. [#39, p. 72]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While all three ["Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime," "Fishbeard Sunset," and "Andru's Easy Rider."] contain some magnificent guitar work, they are departures from what is otherwise an incredibly cohesive and great album.
    • 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]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The quantum leap that SMiLE represented in 1967 is impossible to recreate or access in 2011. [Oct 2011, p.110]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those of us willing to succumb to a little bit of irony and absorb several hours' worth of Oasis stuff, here it is, and everyone else can join the Gallaghers of the world and complain amongst themselves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copper Blue was the fierce masterpiece. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.123]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A work that deserves every bit of praise that it receives. [#15]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a treasure trove of Britpop and English musical history, a veritable panoply of musical goodness.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In the end it's a "must buy" only as far as you care about the bonus materials. For everybody else, don't throw out your old copy. [Spring 2010, p.73]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A high-energy quartet of live tracks from the band's 1970 performance at the Isle of Wright Festival is indispensable, all in all making Higher! the ultimate Sly & The Family Stone document. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.103]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the story serves to showcase Monae's creative flair, the songs and her performance draw the focus here, and the wealth of highlights is startling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Illinois is not nearly as Schoolhouse Rock as it sounds, and the songs themselves are sincere, inventive and messily joyful. [#10, p.107]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The variety of Frahm's career is captured with selective care, but Spaces' true achievement is transcending the summary nature of live records.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Z
    Z is the point of light where My Morning Jacket loses any stereotype or easy niche, and instead becomes a huge, absolutely necessary rock band. [#11, p.108]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On a whole, St. Vincent might not be quite as distinctive or as audacious as Strange Mercy. Clark, however, has found a consistency which is rare among artists, stemming from the confidence she has in her voice and vision. It's enough to make song after song worth savoring. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.76]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the essential electronic platters of the year. [#5, p.106]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of 2006’s great works. [#15]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does the original record sound incredible, the bonus tracks are revelatory.