Under The Radar's Scores

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For 3,564 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 SMiLE
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
3,564 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ys
    The full orchestra doesn’t smack of overproduced grandiosity, which is a nice surprise. Less surprising, of course, is the album's incredible lyrical density. [#15]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A layered and beautiful work that solidifies The Shins as The Band That Matters. [#16, p.94]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Functions as an AM Gold collection filtered through Swedish shortwave radio with indie sensibilities. [#16, p.93]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tones of Town carries the precision, sophistication, and sense of fun that made predecessor brainy pop bands like XTC so damned good. [#16, p.91]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although Funeral is the better album, Neon Bible comes close enough without being a rehash. [#17, p.90]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You will be hearing more about Pop Levi. For now I’d recommend you simply hear more of Pop Levi—this shit is fantastic.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A big, fun, and passionate record that sounds enormous. [#16, p.92]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not just an album that revisits the dancey guitar-pop that made "Float On" an unlikely #1 hit, but sharpens and emboldens it for their most accessible album to date. [#16, p.93]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their overarching fingernail-meets-chalkboard eeriness... is what prevents a lapse into the preciousness that sometimes accompanies orchestrated indie rock, making the album a rousing success. [#16, p.90]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More sonically and lyrically ambitious than 2005’s I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and more fully realized than the scattershot Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, Cassadaga is Oberst’s most affecting and challenging full-length to date, and proves that he’ll be a defining figure in folk music for many years to come. [#17, p.83]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unruly beast filled with vim and vigor, unrestrained in fits of rage, questioning, and discontent. [#17, p.87]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song is expertly crafted, with an amazingly punchy set of melodies delivered by an extremely tight band with sometimes larger arangements that never become fussy. [Summer 2007, p. 76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maybe In Rainbows is their life--settling into things, creating permanence. If so, we may grow to miss the anger and the striving and the discovery that comes as a result. But for now, we can enjoy the beauty of Radiohead understanding their identity and the craftsmanship that lies in comfort.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song unfolds so effortlessly one imagines it springing forth, fully formed, with the same exaggerated inevitability of a cartoon bubble sprouting above his head. [Fall 2007, p.74]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Music goes further, showcasing a fully mature band turning out immense tracks that combine the best elements from their previous works. [Winter 2008, p.80]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the Future is without a chink in its armor, the rare lull-free album, and shows that perhaps their greatest moments are indeed yet to come. [Winter 2008, p.80]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is likely to be the most fun release of the year. [Winter 2008, p.84]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Seldom Seen Kid finds Elbow maturing into their sonic ambitions, adding a sorely missed depth to their ever-present innovation. [Summer 2008]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lyrical and musical knockout, spearheaded by the miraculous 'Fools,' Visiter could be one of the best albums of the year. [Spring 2008, p.82]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Parc Avenue was carefully constructed to open your eyes to the subtle beauty of everyday life and it suceeds effortlessly. [Spring 2008, p.84]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saturdays=Youth contains some of the band's best songs to date. [Spring 2008, p.77]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Third concludes with a string of stunners that feature sawing cello, improvisatory bursts of horns, and the most cathartic vocal performance Gibbons has ever set to tape, respectively. [Spring 2008, p.79]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Many songs play out like shared "private" jokes but succeed all the time. [Spring 2008, p.75]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Narrow Stairs proves that with Death Cab For Cutie, it's possible to relax and let them do their own thing. Which is a remarkable thing indeed. [Spring 2008, p.75]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tone is an alchemic process, and Fleet Foxes produce gold with regularity, a stunning feat for such a young band. [Summer 2008]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of recording, speeding up, and trimming down he has produced one of his most intimate and exhilarating albums to date. [Summer 2008]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Acid Tongue establishes Jenny Lewis as an idiosyncratic talent in her own right. [Fall 2008, p.76]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Olausson’s quirky observations are only as good as the band backing her. And as it herks and jerks, skanks, and generally rocks the fuck out across A Hundred Things, it constantly reminds that Love Is All is one of the tightest pop outfits on the planet. [Year End 2008]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like all of Welcome To Mali, the underpinnings of 'I Think Of You' are fantastically layered, with a combination of precision timing and in-the-moment passion. [Winter 2009, p.68]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the uninitiated, curious, or those simply looking for a one-stop overview, there is no better place for a comprehensive distillation of Danielson’s joyful noises. [Winter 2008]
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