Under The Radar's Scores

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  • Music
For 4,377 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 The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
4377 music reviews
    • 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.