Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 1,116 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 1116
1116 music reviews
    • 81 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a boisterous, life-affirming record that successfully blends essential elements of dancefloor house music with some of the more convivial markers of Peruvian and Latin American music and culture at large.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Across Goodbye, Hotel Arkada, she continues to craft poignant work that tints the atmosphere, transporting the listener to the remembrances and moments of imagination that float freely within the mind's eye.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At 16 songs and with impressive guest features, it's a sprawling portrait of James, one with mostly dark and subdued tones.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's an album that sounds less extreme than it has any right to, inspiring a cold and technical appreciation for Lopatin's craftsmanship, but not necessarily excitement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the most affecting ambient music of the year, and perhaps even the very best in Halo's rich, unpredictable catalogue.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If only Tension lived up to the promise that she might be given something different. As it is, though, it's another entry in a rock-solid catalogue of dependable, uplifting club pop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its unabashed focus on large, universal emotions softened by the weight of adult experience, softscars is a beautiful blast from the past, made brighter with its emotionally timeless themes and crunchy rock aesthetics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's another sharp turn in the road on the winding journey of a creative nomad.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their tenth LP, For That Beautiful Feeling, returns to their well-established formula once again, at times surging with renewed ambition and other times falling curiously flat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing Robots Into Heaven pitches itself right in the middle, swallowing up Blake's wounded reveries in a tide of dance floor-friendly inspiration. It's the most vital he's sounded in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    trip9love...??? is easily one of the greatest accomplishments in the small but impressive Tirzah catalogue.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eyeroll is Ziúr's most punk record to date, planting her proudly on the fringes where she's happiest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of attempting to reinvent the wheel, he refines and extends his legacy, preserving the familiar while hearkening back to the uncanny moods that shroud his best ambient-leaning works.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Backed by a cast of co-producers like Pearson Sound, Tensnake and Paul White, she expands her sound to fit these more bracing topics, without losing the DIY charm that made her an instant star to begin with.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Huge credit is due to Audika: while Picture Of Bunny Rabbit is an archival compilation built from disparate sources, it feels like the kind of asymmetrical, twisty little solo album Russell would have made himself, not just a bonus disc.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It once again proves Barbieri to be a singular talent in the realm of synthesizer music, creating enormous, intimidating, completely enveloping work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The spirit of those dance floors lives on through this second volume of the Legacy series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Further Out Than The Edge's vibrant cast of characters, lively experimental rhythms and rich improvisation underlines why Speakers Corner Quartet are so firmly embedded within South London's musical landscape.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    There's so much clarity and hope to be found in Jayda G's marriage of production with songwriting that any cloying moments are easily forgiven.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even in the depths of despair she still managed to turn out something that feels lush and enticing. DREAMER is one of those albums people revisit for all kinds of reasons, whether they're sitting drinking wine with friends or out on a walk in need of a good cry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I Hope You Can Forgive Me, ten songs under a half hour that move quickly but stay with you long after, is a full-fledged real-time resume that demonstrates how complex rhythms and careful arrangements can elevate the human voice to the ultimate instrument.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Secret Life is undeniably gorgeous. But it's a mainstream, you-know-how-this-ends kind of gorgeous, like a Hollywood remake of some European arthouse film. ... It's difficult to be mad at Secret Life. But the bigger problem is that it's hard to feel anything at all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, though, their method bears fruit, yielding an irresistibly catchy pop record that holds true to its humble Welsh roots.