Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 1,109 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Biokinetics [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 36 Déjà-Vu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 1109
1109 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both introspective and marking the importance of community and friendship, I AM JORDAN is energising music that can only instill joy and catharsis.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an intimacy here that compliments Broadcast's already close, cosy sound. Even the shorter songs bear fruit. .... It's hard not to imagine what these songs could have been: would Broadcast have kept them as-is and dove more into psychedelic folk, or would they have embellished more, and added more synths and electronics? Either way, it's a fascinating glimmer of what they might have done next.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The guest vocalists round out the album's satisfying balance of antiquated and futuristic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Affection is everything one would want from a pop album—the way it shimmies along with catchy beats, whistle-along melodies and hooks that easily live rent-free in the long-term memory banks. The Jenkins touch here is an unmistakable charm that could very well nudge Affection into "cult album" territory.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hyperdrama is more impactful than Woman, but not quite as ostentatiously in-your-face as Audio, Video, Disco. The duo sound better for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It was a chance encounter with Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics that helped Jain discover her knack for producing this kind of music. That kind of serendipitous experience illustrates what she's instilling here—following the seeds of your interest, however small, to blossom the singularity of your voice. For Arushi Jain, spring has sprung.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions, just slightly overcorrects with its mainstream-seeking direction, opting for more James Blake-esque electronic pop and reeling in the eccentricities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    She's become somewhat of an experimental music poster child by democratizing styles like field recordings and sound collages, which may seem daunting to new listeners. sentiment leans heavily into this, finding a middle ground between often structureless musique concrète and DIY pop tunes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hunt's debut isn't just a representation of her compelling Emotional Junglist sound, but a firm push against the boundaries of modern, nostalgic jungle, underlining how much even the toughest dance music can benefit from a little vulnerability.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are unmistakably Mount Kimbie, showcasing their love for pop, R&B, electronica and Krautrock, while also forging a new identity for themselves within indie rock.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's her strongest project to date, a thrilling fusion of classical and electronic music delivered in astounding clarity.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The history of misogyny that followed Journey In Satchidananda complicates the serenity and innovation within it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are astoundingly beautiful, like a field recording taken from some uncharted corner of the earth. Elsewhere, the climax at the end of the ominous "Talking To The Whisper" beggars belief, it's a traffic jam of cascading keys, sporadic drumming, serpentine brass and more, an explosion of chaotic sound to conclude one of her best songs ever.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a record that balances the hardcore continuum with emotion as she turns out club tunes touched by vulnerability.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tyla's music hovers in a zone that occupies amapiano, Afrobeats, and R&B all at once. That she's able to occupy all these spaces in a way that feels familiar is a testament to her poise and ingenuity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The way he calls back to nearly all of his past projects, one could make the mistake that Hebden's best years are behind him. That would be missing the point, though. Regardless of all the attention he's received from his massive performances, he's still looking for new ways to be Four Tet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As excerpts of poetry sound like heart-stricken dialogue and foggy soundscapes take the shape of a score, it often steps out of the confines of music and begins to approach theatre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album bops and bangs as he explores throbbing Detroit techno and bouncy Kraftwerkian synth pop, overlaying those genres with recordings of his time in Hong Kong to create a deeply spiritual album that fuses traditions, lineages and memories.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Instead of building on the momentum of her songwriting career, Still pulls her back into her comfort zone, with promising hints of something new waiting in the spaces between.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Adult Contemporary might not break any new ground or present any radical ideas, but as the familiar saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real freaks can nerd out on the harmonic theory that will wash right over most ears on this divinely sequenced record. You don't need to be educated to enjoy Malone's music: it's emotive, world-building and all-encompassing. The beauty lies within that.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wise's third album is striking not only because of his unparalleled voice or his candid verse, parts of his artistry that already caught our attention on the last two albums, but because of the way these elements come together in such an assured way, in a space that demands swagger bravado from its virtuosos delivered with a welcome vulnerability.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    King Perry (released on Tricky's label—he also co-produces four tracks) simply falls flat, lost in technological tricks and devoid of Perry's classic, quizzical warmth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vibrant, dynamic displays that veer towards transcendence. Rife with the yearning for more prevalent love, Lovegaze is a bewitching offering of psychedelia and astral folk that goes beyond the mind, and peers into the soul of a distinct talent as she exalts beauty in its rawest forms.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album can work when it's in service of something other than itself. Listened to in smaller stretches, it becomes a bit easier to digest, and opens up a bit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Songs Of Silence succeeds as a rich and intriguing drone album then, it won't satisfy those hoping to learn more about one of British pop's great enigmas.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It keeps intact what makes her one of the most exciting UK pop acts of the 2020s, gesturing towards the mainstream while still keeping one foot in her musical hometown. It's the kind of record a promising artist puts out before they release something truly next-level.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not so serious, just damn fun. Davis is taking big swings, purposely stomping through giant puddles like a kid again, eager to see how stain patterns form. So even when he misses, he still hits.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Part of the reason why LXXXVIII is so enjoyable is all these callbacks—it's catnip to a diehard Actress fan. There's a few new wrinkles on there, sure—the jazzy chord changes, the piano, the almost formless ambient sections—but mostly it's what he does best.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamble successfully deploys his robotic collaborators as tools in his sonic worldbuilding rather than as ends in themselves.