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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A standout record in an already peerless discography.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With nothing more at their disposal than techno's characteristically sparing palette, Dozzy and Neel have built something so rich that it has the feeling of a feature presentation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Biokinetics has aged so well that it could easily pass for a new album. The production level is exceptional by today's standards, and it has more teeth than much of the music it inspired, especially contemporary dub techno, most of which sounds vanilla by comparison.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Box
    Gas is the sound of a man freeing his mind and allowing it to wander. To listen to Box is to seize that same opportunity.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Gamble has said that Mnestic Pressure is a response to our turbulent times, and an attempt to confront the world rather than offer escape from it. That intention comes through, but the key to the album's brilliance lies elsewhere: in the way it balances fun, challenge and surprise more deftly than anything he's made before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Product is simply forward-thinking, flawlessly-produced electronic music that wants no more than to slap a grin on the dance floor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is the kind of music you could imagine spending the rest of your life listening to.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    For all its mind-melting attention to detail, Hertz's music has rarely sounded so evocative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After so many records, a debut novel and another book on the way, it's a privilege to be invited into Hval's private mental space. Like picking up a conversation with a much wiser friend, each new album compacts her advancing thought into a kind of guidebook for those who aren't quite so mentally together, all her latest learnings folded in. ... Obviously, Hval is anything but ordinary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though he's had plenty of strong releases in the past, this one has the inspired feeling of an artist truly finding his footing--a breakthrough, in other words.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not sequenced in simple chronological order, Livity Sound feels like a real album even when you know it's not. That's a testament to the unity of their aesthetic and the clarity of their vision, with three years' worth of tracks from three different producers all sounding like they could have been made in the same session.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the dubstep/bass music continuum continues to splinter, recombine and reinvigorate itself ... Sepalcure seems to string all of these timbres and sub-sub-genres into a physically and emotionally bewitching take on post-everything dance music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's this combination of shadowy unknowability and full-hearted melody that makes Pull My Hair Back such an intriguing listen, and certainly one of the year's best debuts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is bone-chillingly gorgeous, right down to the feverish burst of pop strings that accompanies the final choruses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the most careful listener will be left wondering what it all means. Luckily, Boards Of Canada have laid out a riddle we won't tire of teasing out, embedded in a timeless sound unlike any other.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's peaceful and distantly serene, but with flickers of dissonance rubbing away at the edges. Those contrasting textures are part of what makes The Inheritors perhaps the year's most revealing and intriguing album yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While GREY Area was a collection of great songs, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert feels like a therapeutic breakthrough. ... A body of work so rich with innovation, so broad in its influences and so powerful in its storytelling that we'll still be finding new things to love until the next one comes along.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "I think about it all the time" is among the most surprising moments on the record, as Aitchison sings about the possibilities and paranoias of motherhood so openly and casually like she quickly scribbled on the back of a napkin—that it comes between heaving dance floor tracks only underlines how Aitchison is harnessing her chaotic energy to the fullest, but also how real it is. .... BRAT finds the sweet spot most leftfield pop stars only dream of: keep it experimental and referential, but enjoy the party while it lasts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Angels & Devils marks an evolution of the sound that made London Zoo a classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another excellent long player to savor from Monolake.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sirens is his best record because it's both his most straightforward and most experimental, his densest and lightest.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Metal 2 has all the elements that made its predecessor a masterpiece, with sentimental instrumentals and yearning vocals all packaged in a crinkly lo-fi setting. But Blunt has opened up even more on Black Metal 2.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, the LP has its eccentric moments, and it takes a long time to really get to know. But, as The Redeemer hinted and Black Metal proves, beneath all the YouTube sampling, bizarre press and one-off Russian blog releases, Blunt is a talented singer-songwriter with a keen ear for odd sounds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificently re-mastered... an exemplary introduction to the duo.
    • 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.
    • 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.