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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As expected, the Norwich-based producer's first full-length culls together another mass of genres, this time with the fresh additions of footwork and UK funky flavours.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This sounds like a coherent album rather than a string of collaborations, with his creamy tones-and occasionally clichéd lyrics-providing a common identity throughout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In Dust seems solely an accompaniment for alps and plains. Some space for the bedroom and lounge would have been nice too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is quite possibly his most stirring and accomplished work to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is incredibly rich from beginning to end, and totally unpredictable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is Looping State of Mind Willner's most diverse and satisfying statement to date, it's an album that establishes him as one of electronic music's more subtly lateral thinkers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bronsert and Szary rarely break the mould here but it's instead one of the most accessible and effortlessly enjoyable dance music albums of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Conatus is Zola Jesus' most gratifying offering so far.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result, for its few flaws and its exhilarations, at the very least, sounds fantastic, production-wise; Grace finds the band melding tooth-ground guitar assaults; '80s throwback candy pop; fluttery house templates; dusty, almost Stax-worthy soul getaways and sample-laced electro throbs into an album willing to sacrifice sonic exactitude for a mélange of sounds, tempos and genre exercises that still feels very much of a singular-albeit kaleidoscopic-piece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's nothing blank, or bland for that matter, about it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rapping with Paul White combines a series of moods and ideas and ties them together with quirky skits and a varied palate of samples, all with the charm we've grown to expect from White.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    See Birds, was a promising debut, but Wander / Wonder is the kind of record that can pull you into its emotional undertow from the minute those helium angels start singing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than crystal-clear crooning, we get choirs of Tesfayes swirling and winding around elaborate, meandering songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aptly-titled, Fever Dream's gentle and imaginative hip-hop beats waft by leisurely, attractive on the surface but substantive and personal on the inside.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sure, it's still quite messy, but in separating the vast array of influences and ideas present in Ras G's deceptively complex music, Earth lays it all out in a much more digestible manner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's another triumph for Friends of Friends, and it's a breakthrough for a young producer finally emerging with an individual and inventive style previously only hinted at.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those of you disappointed in similar efforts this year by Hercules & Love Affair or, say, Jessica 6 will find many of their itches scratched here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album of gorgeous sounds and textures that prefer to lay in the dark and be discovered rather than assert themselves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ada's lengthy absence has allowed her the freedom to switch creative modes without any seemingly abrupt transitions. Meine Zarten Pfoten is bright and soft and tender, a kind of warm-bath comfort that should be perfect for those downy hours before you put the day behind you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Feel It Break feels a bit front-loaded: its second half sags a bit with more ballad-oriented material, but closes on a strong note with "The Beast."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They'll be fully outted soon--with an album this good, the backstory can't help but see the light of day--but even without the anonymity, Tiger & Woods will be plenty spicy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even the way it flows (abrupt and jerky) has the haphazard momentum of an unofficial mixtape. At the same time, Electronic Dream feels like a lovingly considered record, with the gaps between tracks blurred and bled like the fuzzy borders of a drug-induced dreamworld.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While, in a sense, Room(s) is by definition an amalgamation of most of the trends and ideas floating around in the electronic music sphere at the moment, it sounds like nothing else, and its execution is so cutthroat and streamlined that it's nearly flawless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While that pop sense is here yet again on THEE PHYSICAL, the difference on this album is that it feels written, large empty structures playing host to actual songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to argue with the result anyway: Its slow build and aching vocals stand out as a purposeful moment of perfection on a record chock full of them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SBTRKT isn't going to break down any barriers in the obsessively experimental world that it was birthed, but it's a thoroughly solid listen all the way through. Which is a lot more than his supposed peers could say about their debut albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result could have been an album so mournful as to lose itself in self-serious introspection, but Dedication's brief track lengths mean the album is breezy in a manner unbefitting of its ostensibly grave subject matter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While some of Black Up isn't a million miles from his former group's darker corners, it's not particularly like much else. It's all present tense, in a way too little is, and brash, bold, and weird about it. Per one of his more baffling lines: "up, or don't toss it at all."