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
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tunes 2011 To 2019 frames the artistic development of someone whose older music sounds more inspired but is still capable of greatness. ... 12 years since his last album, we at least get a large chunk of his often incredible catalogue in one place.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Carrollian multiverse of shapes, sounds and ideas that only becomes richer the longer you spend there. It might take some time, but it's endlessly rewarding.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The history of misogyny that followed Journey In Satchidananda complicates the serenity and innovation within it.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an intimacy here that compliments Broadcast's already close, cosy sound. Even the shorter songs bear fruit. .... It's hard not to imagine what these songs could have been: would Broadcast have kept them as-is and dove more into psychedelic folk, or would they have embellished more, and added more synths and electronics? Either way, it's a fascinating glimmer of what they might have done next.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These very much sound like live performances, and they're all the better for it. Short of seeing him in concert, Spaces is as close as you'll get to hearing Frahm at his best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Throughout Honey, the pure, raw emotion that has always defined Robyn's music is still there. Now, she's just dancing to a different beat.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Black Origami can be intimidating: it's dark, relentless, and makes substantial demands on the listener. But it's also powerful and distinctive. In the world of rhythmic electronic music, nobody else is doing it quite like this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Natural Brown Prom Queen, she proves she belongs to no mood, genre or period of time. Over a placeless mix of sounds and endlessly dynamic beats she comes of age, shaping Black histories into exciting futures, all while making it clear that her idea of home is wherever she decides it is at any given moment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Listening back now, it still pumps. But it's a palatable pump, with enough hooks and vocals to work as well over pasta as in a field at 4 AM. Funnily enough, the tracks that have aged best are the ones that pump least. ... Though other remixes in the middle section update the production techniques, they don't really advance on the festival-pleasing 4/4 or big beat predictability of the originals.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    On his Warp Records debut, Safe In The Hands Of Love, Yves Tumor joins the ranks of Arca and SOPHIE at the millennial generation's pop vanguard, a group whose fluid approach to music and imagery is eradicating the gap between underground and mainstream.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whatever you want and could ever require from the progressive soul textbook is up in here. Darts, slaps, bops and most definitely thumpers. ... Renders a greater reward than we could ever envision. Voice Notes gives us just that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificently re-mastered... an exemplary introduction to the duo.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loud City Song is her most broadly scoped and epic album to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Following shaky albums from both Yorke and Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool suggests that they were right to keep the faith.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lives Outgrown is a quiet folk album, but there are elements of the carnivalesque and the sublime.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heaven To A Tortured Mind isn't necessarily the most dynamic release by the artist, but in its best moments, it's a heaping dose of musical ingenuity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is the kind of music you could imagine spending the rest of your life listening to.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The set stumbles, though, when it's at its most raucous.... When Green trusts his own downbeat instincts, though, LateNightTales feels comforting in a way few mixes do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This more mature approach to storytelling is what makes MAGDALENE a raw and outstanding album about love. The lyrics have more depth than LP1, bearing a universality that perhaps one can only write after an especially honest heartbreak.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Art Angels wipes the fog from her lens and lays out her vision, clear and uncompromising.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's invigorating, vulnerable and, at times, uncomfortably raw.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's almost certainly the producer's most ambitious and most vital work since Untrue.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever's at the heart of these sonic fictions, it drove Crampton to reach for new audio possibilities, not for the sake of novelty but to keep pace with the futurity of her visions. It sets the album apart from other pieces of audio collage because it's not sound design for sound design's sake: it's what's required to bring the drama to life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole album bleeds into one magnificent mess, thanks in part to some incredibly short track times, but also to the nature of the music itself.