Under The Radar's Scores

  • TV
  • Music
For 4,349 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 Love Kraft
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
4349 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brighten the Corners has held up nicely and reminds us of the special gift Pavement had for hyper-literate songwriting that was humorous and heartfelt all at once. [Year End 2008]
    • Under The Radar
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These recordings carry an arresting immediacy that hasn't waned a whit over the past century. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.124]
    • Under The Radar
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It stands tall as the best R&B album in a long while, if not the best album in a long while.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Melodrama's swirls of strings and bursts of glimmering synths show a pop star in her prime. Between rage, elation, and all of the mistakes in-between, Lorde is more self-aware than she's ever been.
    • 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]
    • Under The Radar
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the story serves to showcase Monae's creative flair, the songs and her performance draw the focus here, and the wealth of highlights is startling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Illinois is not nearly as Schoolhouse Rock as it sounds, and the songs themselves are sincere, inventive and messily joyful. [#10, p.107]
    • Under The Radar
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As always, Stevens' precise details makes his songs ring through with truth. [Apr - May 2015, p.87]
    • Under The Radar
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Brilliance notwithstanding, it's really best to experience No Cities to Love on its own terms, rather than by comparison to past classics: as a loud, exciting, barely-half-hour rock record. Its simplicity is matched by its richness and vitality.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's music that wholly deserves to be spoken of in the same reverent tones reserved for canonized '80s guitar-pop legends, from R.E.M. and The Smiths to top-tier Kiwis, The Clean.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Z
    Z is the point of light where My Morning Jacket loses any stereotype or easy niche, and instead becomes a huge, absolutely necessary rock band. [#11, p.108]
    • Under The Radar
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's rage or just two guys trying to make each other laugh with dark humor, RTJ2 stands tall in a year of weak hip-hop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the essential electronic platters of the year. [#5, p.106]
    • Under The Radar
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The record is as refreshingly undated as the moment it first exited the pressing plant. [Dec 2014, p.69]
    • Under The Radar
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of 2006’s great works. [#15]
    • Under The Radar
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does the original record sound incredible, the bonus tracks are revelatory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another singular album from a truly idiosyncratic voice, Apple has once again invited us into her lushly conflicted inner monologue.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective become too fascinated with the way things sound (Animal Collective may be the only band for whom this sometimes becomes a problem) and loses the emotional resonance of their best work. [Winter 2009]
    • Under The Radar
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    High Land, Hard Rain remains a career highlight.... Knopfler’s production has aged reasonably well, but the cover of Van Halen’s "Jump" (a B-side extra) shows how Frame’s perverse streak could have been managed more creatively.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fuzzy Logic stands up among them as a solid record. Even the reissue was treated with remarkable creative focus and it has 35 bonus tracks, including all the album's B-sides, two demo sessions, and a live festival set from 1996.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These EP tracks are just as good--and often times better--than many of their LPs. [#10, p.109]
    • Under The Radar
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Clean's a;most comical level of prescience just wouldn't mean as much if Anthology weren't a trove littered with gemlike melodies. [Jun-Jul 2014, p.89]
    • Under The Radar
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This marks a well-done if not entirely necessary Smiths overview, good for newbies and a big maybe for fans, depending on your collection. [Year End 2008]
    • Under The Radar
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the saccharine vocals are forgivable, but those who like their power pop with a little bite may find the sound a bit off-putting. [#5, p.115]
    • Under The Radar
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounding even sparser in instrumentation and sonic flavor than the previous record, Chutes often comes across like a Mercer solo project. [#5, p.104]
    • Under The Radar
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The nine lengthy works contained in the 2-CD/3-LP To Be Kind require an investment of attention. But as with any engrossing film, time isn't a factor, and a full immersion reveals that any abridgments would have lessened these songs' impact.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Divers is almost uniformly lovely to listen to.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Year-end best-of lists, you've been warned. [#10, p.106]
    • Under The Radar