Under The Radar's Scores

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For 4,432 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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
4432 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is far less ornate than Kindness, and while the stripped-down approach is initially somewhat jarring, the songs are still more than strong enough to survive, and even thrive, without larger treatment. [Winter 2008, p.82]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Washed Out, despite the label and increasing popularity, still feels like a secret, a hallmark of the best bedroom pop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gamble that paid off in spades for a band that... is still sounding fresher, tighter and more relevant with each record. [#8, p.107]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where Maximo Park depart from [The Futureheads'] formula lies in their brighter, bouncier sound and more traditional vocal approach. [#10, p.112]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Impressive as all that guest work is though, the album's starring duo are never outshined.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music here lacks some of the high spots of "Bang Bang," especially the ecstatic rises-and-falls found int he arragement of 'Good Weekend' but it's consistently hard-driving, dancy and punky--withoutbeing dancepunky. [Summer 2007, p.78]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A newfound confidence is evident throughout, and for a band that deals exclusively with the darker hues of the emotional color wheel, Stewart and company appear comparatively comfortable, even if their music remains challenging.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfect mix of tender melodies and rock and roll. [#11, p.108]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A hip-hop masterpiece. [#17, p.98]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A collection that will both excite fans and convince newcomers, Around The Well is that rare phenomenon, a rarities compliation that is nigh on essential. [Summer 2009, p.66]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Realism is yet another solid gold deposit in one o the truly briliant pop music discographies of the past 20 years. [Winter 2010, p.69]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unless you are severely depressed the laggard pace of this record will make it very hard to sit through. Yet each track is delightfully insteresting in its own right. [#5, p.100]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pushes the boundaries of what exactly makes music. [#10, p.113]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The highlights are plenty. [Jan/Feb 2016, p.56]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Total Strife Forever expertly blended a wide variety of genres, Culture of Volume feels more cohesive, less erratic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While I Am Not Afraid may be more sonically diverse than Summer Sun, both albums indicate that Yo La Tengo are less worried with breaking new ground than gamely exploring the territory they’ve already uncovered. [#15]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alright of Night is an auspicious opening volley from a NYC act that exhibits boundless potential. [Year End 2008]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    La La Land blows that template sky high, expanding and expounding upon the band's sound in a way that is utterly thrilling while still retaining all the muted joy and gentle perfection of "Park Avenue." [Winter 2010, p.65]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The demos make a case for what the album would've sounded like had it been released when they were on I.R.S. and furthermore, some songs (most notably "Texarkana") have totally different lyrics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twelve of the most lyrically and musically ambitious songs of her career. [#12, p.90]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eclectic, certainly, but for the most part it works. [#5, p.108]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's McCaughey's vision that drives the 5, and the listener couldn't be in more capable hands. [#12, p.92]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Garden differs from their debut, Simple Things, and its followup, Where It Falls, in that it scales back the soundscapes in favor of a more upbeat, organic, and song-based sound. [#14]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album cherry-picks a lot of the best ideas from his past work and sets a new baseline, which will simultaneously please fans of his old band and allow him to vault into the future. [Spring 2009, p.66]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The varied sounds and variety show that he has more tricks up his sleeve than I was led to believe. [#9]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps Dark Days is not a typical pop statement. But it works like a charm.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Jack Nicholson's character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest attempting to tear the sink out of the wall, Sadier certainly gives it hell, and it's a downright cathartic listen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A surprisingly strong and confident record. [#13, p.88]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    CSS’s debut is the real deal: eleven cuts of infectiously syncopated, tuneful post-punk that just may be the summer’s perfect soundtrack. [#14]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Let's Go Eat the Factory unfolds with each successive listen.