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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like any such grand project, it's daring and indulgent, occasionally weighed down by its own pretence, and the result is several songs on the album that seem to unspool in no direction in particular. But that unwinding is usually gripping, and like the other two albums Björk's recent renaissance—Utopia and Vulnicura—Fossora stuns more often than it doesn't.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a whole, the album succeeds at doing something tricky: pandering to fans of theory, minimalism and ambient music all in equal measure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a weightiness to Polar's songwriting that both complements and contrasts the crystalline production touches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With slightly more judicious editing, Let's Turn It Into Sound could have been a grand crossover statement, combining admittedly trendy synth experiments with freak-folk charisma. But that's not what Smith is going for here. Instead, the LP feels like listening to someone try out a new talent, learning as they go along, substituting practiced polish with a hunger for new ideas and self-expression.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where her past work could sound like it was written for a grandiose 18th-century opera house, Living Torch is closer to the long-lost sonic component of a modern art installation, endless in its possibilities and imagination.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's both humble and ambitious, wonderfully arranged in some places and slightly clumsy in others (the Popol Vuh-isms of "Start A New Life" kill the album's momentum just three tracks in, and I've yet to be convinced by Weber's humdrum vocals). But for an artist who has always been earnest and upfront about big melodies, Garden Gaia feels like the logical next step, freeing him from his techno past.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What I Breathe feels like both a jumping-off point for dance music newbies and a feast of great ideas for those who have been around the block a few times. It's all held together by great pacing, frankly amazing production and a lack of cynicism that feels refreshing, open-hearted to the very last moment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Spirit Exit, both more expansive and more restrained, doesn't oscillate as wildly as her previous expeditions, the heart strings remain plucked in gorgeous loops and motifs that spiral out into infinity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is some of the most intimate and grandiose music he's ever produced.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Beyoncé is clearly itching to experiment with her sound. This latest album may not be her most cohesive release, but it does come with a handful of well-executed surprises. ... The album falls flat when it tries too hard to immerse itself in a culture that does not belong to Beyoncé.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sharp and fiery, Isoviha lacks any restraint, capturing the paradoxical multiplicity and singularity that makes all of Ripatti’s output so memorable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes it feels like one of the best records I've heard in recent memory, other times I wish it would just get to the point faster. But I think that's by design. ... To appreciate Escapology is to look at it as one piece in the puzzle, not an album so much as it is a single cog in Goodman's latest piece. It asks more questions than it answers, but poses them like few other artists could.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The spirit of the concept is dazzlingly portrayed at times, but the LP also conveys the emptiness of these things, the true idea of a "new pleasure"—everything we want, though not always enough of what we need. But it's great while it lasts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From start to finish, Nothing To Declare poses scintillating questions that have no answers, leaving genre tropes smoking on the electric chair. DJ Haram proves the perfect dance partner for Moor Mother.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's her most capital-A ambient album, without the sometimes harsh interference of her favored found sounds and field recordings. Yet at the same time, it's so quiet that it slips into the edges of comprehension just when you've determined you're going to get to the bottom of it. All the better to listen to it again to see what you missed—and then again, and again and again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a much less linear journey than we would expect from Owens, but it's also a welcome shift, an intriguing pivot from the very human themes of Inner Song. This time around, she invites the listener to wade through the fascinating depths of her imagination. It's hard not to close your eyes and surrender to the figure-eight flow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Outrun was a fast-paced drive that made the city look like an endless stream of light-trails, Reborn is a beautiful retro pastiche that intentionally slows down to let you take in just how far you've come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the unhurried calm of Whatever The Weather, it's easy to envision the slow-moving shifts of the season. ... However one chooses to sit with the sounds in the album, personally, as an American, Celsius has never sounded so dreamy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though not without its charms, the floundering moments of Crash suggests that Charli XCX may be most comfortable making subversive music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With ideas that Froese wisely and generously left behind in this earthly realm, Froese has given us another Tangerine Dream near-masterpiece, created by the loyal pupils who grew up in his significant shadow.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is actually one of his more readily enjoyable albums, even if it's a little less adventurous most of the records from his long-running Pan•American project.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's wordless songs are almost as riveting as their counterparts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a fine line drawn between pastiche and surefire songwriting, and the group straddle it deftly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's invigorating, vulnerable and, at times, uncomfortably raw.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is not only one that fans will cherish for years to come, but it will surely be the record that draws a whole new generation of fans into her deeply personal, and always captivating, world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quivering In Time is a kaleidoscopic sequence of house music tunes that tend to blend into one another, sounding more like a DJ mix than a typical electronic album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Voigt's mix of art music, techno and classical, of fairy tales and field recordings, feels singular and timeless 25 years on. It's not Voigt's most beautiful or immersive record as GAS, but it remains a forest we can all get lost in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rhinestones is a skeletal, mostly acoustic continuation of this sound, gripping in its own mysterious, quiet way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At its best, the LP touches on the dizzying maximalism that made past records so thrilling. But at other times it treads the same ground as the healing frequency meditation videos that proliferate on YouTube.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most adventurous in recent memory.