Under The Radar's Scores

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For 4,328 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 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
4328 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Real Life Is No Cool plays more like a tug-of-war as singer and producer struggle to find harmony between two disparate sounds. [Holiday 2009, p.81]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Origins is frankly very boring. [Winter 2010, p.71]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    On the whole, the album feels like a parody of music's tropes, limping along with no real soul.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are some entertaining songs here ('Drive On, Driver,' 'I’ll Dream Alone') but overall, there is scarcely an affective moment on Distortion. [Winter 2008, p.83]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For the most part, Hauschka's attempt at turning the piano into a percussion instrument falls short. [May 2011, p.84]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    V
    There isn't anything specifically awful about any of the songs and you can imagine any one being played at a Californian stoners' beach party and no one minding. But if you put the entire album on, no one is coming to your next one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The new sounds end up grating against the vocals, which will always sound whiskey-soaked, and playing against the band's strengths. [May 2011, p.88]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's a tough listen, shrill and disjointed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This sounds like what writers for a comedy skit trying to make fun of avant-garde music would come up with. [#5, p.114]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Think Ash covering Nirvana and you'll have an idea of just how bad an idea this album is. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.94]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The dirty air guitar and over the top vocals leave me cold. [#5, p.111]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Between the shrill, semi-anonymous voice of Elly Jackson, and Ben Langmaid's clunky paint-by-numbers beats, La Roux's eponymous debut already feels dated. [Fall 2009, p.74]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An astonishingly boring band. [#5, p.103]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A Woman A Man Walked By is a side project in the worst sense of the term; a slight diversion that's really for Harvey completists only. [Spring 2009, p.66]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Bloated with too much self-absorption, Japan's Mono have lost sight of their original intent. [Spring 2009, p.77]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It rarely displays much spirit, or even a pulse. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.122]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's little to make them noticeable today. [Winter 2010, p.69]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This just comes off as clumsy and premature. [May - Jun 2016, p.95]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The formula that made "She" a success is replicated until it's been wrung dry of any emotion. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.94]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The bolstered instrumentation doesn't hide some of her weakest songwriting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Washington Square Serenade is an utterly unlistenable failure. [Fall 2007, p.87]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The whole thing almost makes you wonder if Kevin Barnes isn't fucking around just to see what he can get away with, as he spends the better part of the record playing against his own strengths and nearly everything the listener has come to expect. [Fall 2008, p.77]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There is zero expectation for Blondie to create Parallel Lines 2.0. That would require an actual miracle. Pollinator, however, is too removed from oh so many things that made Blondie great to be acceptable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everything sung here is manufactured to conjure up the same bullshit sense of nostalgia that the band's James Joyce-inspired name is supposed to. [#12, p.93]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For people who enjoy overly polished, sub-par bar bands. [Winter 2008, p.89]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    This is astonishingly horrible and completely unlistenable. [#7]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unoriginality at its best. [#8, p.109]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dull, aimless, slightly pretentious, and overall a work that few people will ever find reason to put on the stereo. [#7]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Over the wandering course of these 11 tracks, Francis is the aural equivalent of a boxer who's had five too many concussions coming out for one last payday. [Spring 2010, p.68]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not quite dull enough to be entirely forgettable, Where You Stand plays it safe with middle-of-the-road everything.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Collett uses instruments sparingly. That coupled with his clear tones is too simplistic a combination. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.128]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Williams' songs are extremely repetitive, relying on MAX/MSP texture for their variance but proceeding at such a pace that it's easy to zone out, a tendency exacerbated by Williams' apparent three-note vocal range. [Fall 2007, p.77]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, creativity is nonexistent on Get Awkward. [Spring 2008, p.82]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Getting mauled by that white tiger sounds a bit more exiting. [Year End 2008]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Golden Grrrls exists in a limbo more grey than beige that apparently doesn't appeal to anyone. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.103]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray go even farther into chugging rockabilly riffs and hiccupping Elvis poses they explored on their 2006 debut. [Summer 2007, p.90]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The fragments don't fit together, and one ends up dreading the next mistep. [Fall 2009, p.74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Painting With is by a distance the most annoying album you'll hear this year, and not just because it sounds exactly how those people imagine the band always has.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nothing on this album is new, nor is it a fresh take on over-tread electronic music ground.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An album that manages to sound like a blend of every Britpop and Madchester also-ran's 50 shades of beige. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.88]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    After a fierce opener that sounds like they've never been away ("nothing has changed", screams Dennis Lyxzén over raging instrumentation), things then, regrettably, go downhill.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It is this very same forgettable, plodding, lo-fi characteristic that strikes the right chord with those that think The Cribs are the answer to rock 'n' roll.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Their debut heaps vague twenty-something lyrics onto a colorless emo palette and even producer Rob Schnapf can't save Adult Nights from being as cold as a Granite State ice storm. [Winter 2009, p.79]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sia's latest full-length We Are Born, is, in a word, confusing. [Summer 2010, p.85]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    ...Featuring might make a great stocking stuffer for mom, but even she might have trouble swallowing over an hour of Jones; innocuous and predictable soft rock. [Year End 2010, p.77]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If you're really into jazz (and I mean really) or are a Four Tet completist, this is for you; if not, I'd stay away. [#13, p.92]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    While this could have been a record defined by atmosphere, the near-absence of energy and long, formless instrumental sections will have listeners tuning out long before it hits any sort of stride.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's a whole lot of sulk without much substance to back it up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Any way you slice it, Trail Of The Dead is a sad case in selling out. [Winter 2009, p.68]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
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    The banality throughout iii detracts from any basic pleasure possible from the beats. [Jan/Feb 2016, p.57]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Antonoff may be popular but his songwriting leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The best next step would be to return to form as soon as possible and forget these Evil Urges. [Summer 2008]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    They rarely let loose with their old 4AD/post-punk strafing runs. [Holiday 2009, p.80]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Art for art's sake may impress at parties, but recorded it brings teh good times to a screeching halt. [Feb. 2011, p. 70]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The intriguing collage cover of Hamburg Demonstrations is the best thing about this album, which feels unfinished, more like a gathering of demos than a realized, cohesive collection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This vapid, vacuous collection of worthless songs... contains so little in the way of either authentic moments or accessible melodies that it is... purely insufferable. [#15]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Megapuss seems like one bad decision after another. [Year End 2008]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Winstead is a competent singer, but most of I Love You's tracks draw attention to distractingly bad lyrics or are woefully devoid of personality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Avril Lavigne telling girls to abstain from sex is more punk than anything on this record. [#8, p.110]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The record is a cheerless Venn diagram presenting the intersection between mediocrity and blind ambition. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.102]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not content to leave well enough alone, however, the female/male tradeoff vocals take over, stranding the remainder of songs somewhere between emo and alternative--not a great place to be. [Winter 2008, p.88]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    If this somehow still manages to be the kind of thing that'll get you out on the dance floor, you still have to survive instrumentals that plod rather than thrill, songs that meander rather than aim, and a slew of lazy sing-speech.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A mighty attempt at thinking outside the box, ultimately Anika is simply an attempt at sound and fury, signifying nothing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Chinese Democracy is a multi-million dollar dud, an example of faded brilliance and wasted time. [Winter 2009]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's not that the songs on here are necessarily terrible; certainly there's nothing to plumb the depths of "Elevation" or "Get on your Boots," but rather that Songs of Innocence is a soulless and unwanted lump of shiny plastic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    All but unlistenable for five of its six songs. [#9]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Joke or not a joke, this isn't great music.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    At best, Pixies are just the masters at a game that is no longer interesting. Songs stray so far from the raw energy of Surfer Rosa that Head Carrier could easily be mistaken for any number of hair product soaked '80s metal. [Aug-Sep 2016, p.75]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If this is what happens when Keane attempt to delve into darkness, the mind reels at what these guys would sound like when they’re in a good mood. [#14]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Muse have always been ridiculous and overblown, but at least they used to be a ton of fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Aside from the obvious point that it is strange hearing Dylan, née Robert Zimmerman, singing Christmas songs, it is often just awkward to listen to the elder's scraggly croak making its way through commonly known carols.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The problem once again is that it’s all been done before and better. [#15]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This sixth studio set is so generic that it doesn't just sound dated, it makes them sound old. [May 2009, p.91]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    These three Coventry lads crank out a predictable rock album with no real direction at all. [Fall 2008, p.86]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The overriding feeling is that this is a remarkable piece of self-indulgence rather than anything you would want to, I don't know, ever listen to. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.133]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For much of Fasciination, it’s the music that keeps the record afloat, because, even at his very best, singer Tim Fink doesn’t have much to say. [Summer 2008]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The listener is left with a couple handfuls of mid-tempo ballads that fail to even qualify as guilty pleasures. [May 2011, p.88]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Vulnerable has a cheap sound and a cut and paste feel from beginning to end and is hard to shake. [#5, p.110]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The brashness of the band's seminal debut is gone, and what's left is a band that seems to have rushed an album out only in order to get back on stage to try to make it interesting. [Spring 2009, p.79]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For the most parts, it drags. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.92]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Welcome to Goon Island never seems to find dry land. [Winter 2008]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, they're not quite tall enough yet to ride the same coaster as Editors, much less Interpol, much, much less Joy Division.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Safe and uninspired.... This is the type of MOR impulse buy that will eventually pollute used-CD bins everywhere across the world. [#13, p.93]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Coldplay's seventh album A Head Full of Dreams is insufferably bland at best and downright offensive at worst.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An ugly mess. [#11, p.116]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yeah Ghost is simply too experimental. [Fall 2009, p.74]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The Endless River belongs not in the pantheon of the great Pink Floyd, but in a hotel elevator.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Thieves are excellent hijackers, but you could just pick up a New Order or Joy Division album for a more authentic experience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Remastering the songs doesn't take away the superfluous guitar tracks. "All Around the World" is still nine minutes and 20 seconds long. "My Big Mouth" still sounds like it belongs on a Beady Eye album.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    They reportedly had some difficulties securing a label for this release. And Unfortunately, it's easy to see why; Girls hits the panic button pretty early on. [Jul 2011, p.78]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The snarky, ironic title only seems to poke fun at what is Daft Punk's most programmed and artificial album to date, and this is just a part of what feels like an all in-joke record. [#9]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    YOKOKIMTHURSTON is an improvisational cluster that has no beginning and no end, and no plot to keep listeners on the track to redemption. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.113]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Raditude is just the latest and fullest articulation of Cuomo's wincingly sad desire to become a mainstream success, [Holiday, 2009, p.79]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Loud Like Love is sadly a chugging bore. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.93]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    More often than not, Michael Grubbs' painfully bland vocals cause the whole thing to come crashing back to earth. [Winter 2010, p.72]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The directionless album may have a number of songs that will make radio programmers drool, but the staying power resembles anything but a classic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The Time Of The Assassins feels like the work a of a decent high school band who had tons of money for studio time. [Winter 2009, p.73]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's not easy to describe what's going on here, if one can even figure it out anyway.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Something sounds like they need some time off. [May 2011, p.86]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    His... worst album to date. [#7]
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