Under The Radar's Scores

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  • Music
For 3,453 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 Leaders Of The Free World
Lowest review score: 0 Burned Mind
Score distribution:
3,453 music reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are decades of material here and plenty to revel in for years to come.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This three-disc expanded reissue, featuring the remastered album with sparkling original B-side "Silver Springs," a disc of early takes, and a concert from 1977, does the original album, and its story, justice.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The real beauty of all the context provided here for this batch of songs is not that it extols or magnifies, but that it humanizes.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Today though, with the skyline dominated by the likes of Kanye West and Plan B on their respective sides of the Atlantic, to hear this genuinely groundbreaking group in such magnificent high definition is probably the closest we're going to get to going back to any of today's megastar's roots.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The immersive experience of sinking into the lovingly detailed Sound System will serve as a reminder of why fans agree with their label's slogan, "The Only Band That Matters." [Aug-Sep 2013, p.103]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Other than the fact that it came out a little late, there isn't a single thing wrong with it. [#8, p.113]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's just that damn good. [#7]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Manages the not-at-all-easy feat of sounding remarkably undated and, well, timeless. [#39, p. 72]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a concept album, listeners will need to forgo Gainsbourg's typical mixed bag of song structures within an album in favor of more similar songs threaded with recurring musical motifs. [Spring 2009, p.80]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copper Blue was the fierce masterpiece. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.123]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's hope this superb reissue, replete with loads of essential "7 singles and ephemera remedies that, and introduces this seminal band to a new generation of indie rock fans. [Jul 2011, p.90]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pageant exists in a rarified echelon of R.E.M. records, alongside Murmur and Automatic for the People as one of their unimpeachable classics.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a treasure trove of Britpop and English musical history, a veritable panoply of musical goodness.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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
    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]
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Year-end best-of lists, you've been warned. [#10, p.106]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Return to Cookie Mountain sweats off most of the band’s more head-scratching impulses and leaves a manic, depressive, exhilarating album of experimental pop. [#15]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a certain confidence inherent in these tracks, as if Smith had finally proven to himself that he didn't need to try to outdo The Beatles in his arrangements. [#7]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maybe In Rainbows is their life--settling into things, creating permanence. If so, we may grow to miss the anger and the striving and the discovery that comes as a result. But for now, we can enjoy the beauty of Radiohead understanding their identity and the craftsmanship that lies in comfort.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Far from a collector's item for die-hard fan only, this is the most complete and perfect presentation of one of the key albums of a generation. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.92]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tone is an alchemic process, and Fleet Foxes produce gold with regularity, a stunning feat for such a young band. [Summer 2008]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Twenty-two years in the making or not, this is a return that captivates, excites, and is relentless in its grab for your attention. It's the perfect comeback.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With seven bonus tracks and an 1800-word essay included in physical copies, this is a rare treat. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.132]