Under The Radar's Scores

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For 3,454 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 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
3,454 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unabashedly geeky and seam-splittingly stuffed with retro-futuristic flourishes, it's an utterly delight. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.129]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Deacon stretches the borders of his songcraft to the limit and it's a joy to hear a showman pushing every part of an orchestra like an overheating laptop. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.109]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A magical album that takes the listener on a wondrous journey into a party where love is found, lost, and ultimately sublimated into an unsurpassable catharsis. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.108]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album is filled with wonderful little moments that add up to create a remarkable whole. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.111]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately Menomena only confirms what many already know--that love and relationships are tricky--but damn if it isn't an interesting ride.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Stripped down of any excessive ornamentation, it's the most raw incarnation of Bat For Lashes we've heard yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The result is a more diverse and often louder album than its predecessor, Tomorrow Morning. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.86]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though it's been 10 years since his previous release, The Next Day is Bowie's most consistent record in twice as much time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Calling Bloodsports a comeback album almost seems to belittle just how strong a record it really is; it’s nearly as good as any they’ve put out before.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is The Knife's show--and we're not allowed to forget that. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.93]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's all keyboards to the fore, their lightness lifting the album on to a wave of euphoria that gives Mars' vocals a dreamlike quality; this is less the Williamsburg house party of previous albums, instead a festival in a trance. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.94]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Initially intending to discard the songs he wrote during that [dark] period, he instead salvaged many of them, which serve as something of a spiritual cleanse on the staggering Monomania.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the first half especially the format of fast song/slow song/fast song/slow song is adhered to a little too rigidly and, while the individual tracks are fantastic, it feels a little disjointed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It was only eight months ago that Wild Nothing treated us to a near-perfect album. Now they're just spoiling us.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Trouble Will Find Me is another accomplished entry for a band that doesn't seem to know how to do anything else.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Carlisle, PA's artist's charming wordplay and gallows humor are magnified on his ambitious second album and Sub Pop debut. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.87]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    II
    Moderat II is nothing if not navel gazing; however, the introspection allows ideas to flow freely, and moreover the diverse styles of the collaborators this time make cosy bedfellows to create a genuinely beautiful, atmospheric record.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The stronger tracks are weighted towards the first half of the LP, leaving the back end of the album's pace to suffer--but remove these minor issues and what remains is an audacious and exquisite work of gloomy beauty that should see MONEY on a fast ascent, leaving grand sonic architecture in their wake.
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    HAIM bounces from strength to strength on a pop rock journey that hits on nearly 20 years of touch points.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Old
    Intelligent earnest lyricism, raw subject matter, exquisite minimalist production, and bombastic thrills. Old doesn't sound like anything approaching a conventional hip-hop record--and in a year when the majority of rap's big hitters failed to deliver, it couldn't feel more indispensable.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This compilation is an undoubtedly comprehensive overview of the scene and--while perhaps a little obscure in places for the casual listener--is a dream come true for aficionados of deep cuts and rare grooves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a rare album in this genre that blends relaxation with excitement so perfectly, that stays cool without ever being aloof or dragging.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As much as they try to shy away from the shoegaze label, Cheatahs have crafted an album which, if not for coming out tow decades after the fact, could stand with some of the genre's greats. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.70]
    • 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]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pushing away the froth and frivolity, they leave a darker, more satisfying, and ultimately superior record in their wake. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.74]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With all of its subtlety, Lost In The Dream drags a bit in small sections, but it's a small price to pay for such an immensely enjoyable record. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.76]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The kind of envelope-pushing on Mess is nothing if not mature, simultaneously punk as fuck and utterly refined. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.72]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The results are a wistful, free-wheeling and intimate snapshot of DeMarco's psyche-an album that is more complex than you might assume, but more rewarding for it.