Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 1,115 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 1115
1115 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's something truly extraordinary about Al Qadiri's constant balancing act of light and dark, and each passing moment brings with it a new thrill. The romance, despair and yearning of Middle Age verses comes through effortlessly in Medieval Femme, where Al Qadiri's own talent as a storyteller is magnificent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loscil's tenth album for Kranky sheds light on unexplored aspects of his well-established sound. That he makes subtle breakthroughs via the decay and manipulation of a single brief recording makes Clara a quietly impressive achievement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with so few words uttered, it's a vital entry in a vast discography that constantly seeks answers, building spiritual strength along the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    t's a work of clever, classy and timeless R&B that builds on some of the most enduring and ubiquitous music of the last 30 years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rochelle Jordan is staking her own claim to the dance floor without losing sight of her intimate, sometimes vulnerable songwriting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An irresistibly fun listen, even at its simplest. DOOM's role is honestly more like a supporting cast member here, but when he shows up, his husky ramblings still have the same gravity they always did. The production plays to his strengths.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rare, Forever has all the hallmarks of a big, crossover dance music record, but no one's doing it quite like this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Second Line offers an impressive level of immersion from an artist who's spent years inviting us into her own personal universe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In recent years, Stott has alternately spurned and embraced the nasty side of his sound, but on Never The Right Time, he nails a difficult balance between bass weight and pop vulnerability.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is on display here is the potential of unbound artistic striving. I dare say this may not only be Shepherd's magnum opus, but one of Sanders' greatest works as well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harlecore is the souvenir, a collection of dance music so deliriously upbeat you can't help but surrender to it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Motzfeldt and Stoltenberg's subtle R&B harmonies are understated and arresting, exposing the inner sanctum of a complex emotional relationship. Believer is an album about raw friendship, personal image and collective awareness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sound Ancestors is an ideal entry into the world of Madlib.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The end result is unified in its daydreamy mood. What we get from each track, and from all of them together, is a mellow sense of the sublime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not everything on Isles is a win—"Rever" and "Fir" dial the neon palette up a notch too high—but overall the album nails the tricky balance artists face when following a successful debut: similar enough to charm the old fans yet fresh enough to entice the new.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This collection gives a certain joy that a hyper-specific brand of record collector gets from the "not gonna make it easy on you" type of inspiration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dis Fig transcends In Blue's origins in genre exercise into an otherworldly fever dream, an album of tectonic bass and thundering drums that somehow feels intimate and sensual. It's as much her triumph as it is his.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guerrilla's rough kuduro is an impressive leap for a mature style. But its most remarkable feature is the artist's unflinching embrace of a distressing legacy. As a memorial to his family's story and Angola's past, Guerrilla is more than a mark of respect. It's an act of love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is imaginative and complex dance music, with a level of detail that in the hands of a different artist could become overwhelming. Luckily, as brainy as it gets at points, Second Language is always exhilarating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes
    The progression in Atobe's work is incremental. Beyond the title-track, Yes mostly does away with the classy, tech house-style snap prevalent on 2018's Heat. For an artist that emerged as a model of consistency, Atobe takes a surprising amount of left turns.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of The Edge Of Everything is top-tier drum & bass with an experimental bent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    7G
    The covers are the stickiest aspect of 7G. Most of them are one-note, more of an "influences" playlist than a collection of worthy interpretations. They weigh down the already heavy album with dead weight, but the hit rate of 7G is remarkably high anyways, a testament to Cook's vision.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lafawndah's stripped-down approach invites us to sit in these new environments, culminating in an album that feels as thoroughly absorbing as a good novel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shygirl remains tough and unforgiving across ALIAS, and her voice as an artist has never been stronger. She's a full-blown pop star driven by her luscious fantasies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because Of A Flower pieces together a similar set of songs to ~~~, but with a more open and assured mindset.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overstuffed with ideas, some of Magic Oneohtrix Point Never's odd juxtapositions and clever references feel merely "neat." You don't get the sense Lopatin's deeply invested—more that he's throwing concepts at the wall and seeing what sticks. There are stunning moments on Magic Oneohtrix Point Never.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a palpable lust for life throughout the 20 tracks, but Edna is at its most arresting when Headie details his journey from custodial sentences to commercial success with unflinching candor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As usual, Karma & Desire is a sprawling, unpredictable maze of an album, but Actress is no longer a solitary figure navigating rain-streaked streets alone. He's invited others along to zigzag with him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It still sounds like music from the furthest reaches of the galaxy, but after three decades of getting to know Sean Booth and Rob Brown, the feelings wrought in their work have never been clearer or more heart-rending than on SIGN.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shades feels like a group effort. Khan's deadpan but catchy vocals are a huge part of the appeal, and the whole band sounds locked in, especially Calderwood and his wild soloing. ... It's the kind of quietly brilliant record that makes you fall in love with a band all over again, sharpening their approach—and songwriting—without losing the shambolic charm that made them so loveable in the first place.