Sputnikmusic's Scores

  • Music
For 2,202 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Seer
Lowest review score: 10 The Path of Totality
Score distribution:
2202 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mieke has undoubtedly struck gold with her sophomore album, notching a significant improvement from her already-respectable debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Past Lives isn't exactly full of surprises, but it doesn't need to be to succeed as a mission statement for a new band who seem to be around to stay, if rumours of new material brewing are any indication. Every member of L.S. Dunes is in their element even after respective years of being legends in the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It goes from caustically smart presented social observations to absurd, childish rants, while keeping you dancing. I’m glad Viagra Boys found their niche without losing any of their edge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Every once in a while, Myself In The Way’s commitment to boringness leads to some Nice Music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The Art of Survival picks up where The Kingdom left off, but it doubles down on the sludgy, heavier, direction of its predecessor while dumping most the alt rock influences. What’s more, in this era where heavy music is the norm, Bush almost sounds fresh because there’s very few artists blending grungy heaviness with a more accessible songwriting formula.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    In These Times is an alluring listen because it is multi-faceted and fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    A few quibbles aside, this is a rock-solid debut and it’ll be interesting to see where these women take their music next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The Car is crackling with a wickedly fun energy underneath the surface of its mid-tempo mugging, if you're willing to take the commute and meet it halfway.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    For lack of a better word, it’s dull. The subtext of this record is rich for those firmly invested in Swift’s personal narratives but, perhaps for the first time, outright irrelevant for anyone else.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Architects have made another harmless, inconsequential rock album that’s worth spinning once or twice for curiosity, as there are some decent – dare I say great – moments here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Despite the record running slightly long and a few songs getting a bit repetitive: the lyrics and the arrangements are great, sure, but it’s the singer-songwriter’s ability to make us feel “it” which matters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The real highlight, though, is the title track’s sentimental musing on a lost lover or friend or relative, simple but gorgeous and drenched in honeyed harmonies. It’s the best thing here by a substantial margin. ... I Walked With You A Ways is undoubtedly a solid album, and you could do much worse if looking for a straightforward and accessible record in the country/Americana sphere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Omens shows some return to form, but couldn’t hold a stiff one against the likes of Ashes Of The Wake, Sacrement or VII: Sturm und Drang and that’s not at all Cruz’s fault.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skullcrusher’s first album may not present a doormat saying ‘welcome’ in bold letters, but it presents one of the most rewarding sonic experiences of the year for those willing to open its undefined doors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Return of the Dream Canteen is better overall than the previous effort. It might have a couple of higher sonic peaks, but suffers from similar flaws. Obviously, one hour-long album with the strongest tracks recorded in the past couple of years would have been enough for a stronger comeback.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    When I’m in the perfect mindset this album feels like one of the finest albums I’ve heard all year, while if listened to when the mood isn’t quite right, the sleepiness of most of the album overwhelms its virtues. At the very least, Nothing Special is worth a spin for fans of Okkervil River, folk, or good lyrics, if for no other reason than to decide whether the album title is appropriate or not.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ILYSM explores memories and how to process them in the here and now, while also being a record I expect to be remembered for a long time. It’s Wild Pink’s crowning achievement as a band.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    This album is certainly worth checking for those who found something to enjoy on Bonny Light Horseman, and even for those who simply desire a mellow folky listen, but don’t expect anything earth-shattering. Chalk it up as another pretty good effort from a supergroup.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Yet, for all its wonderfully dense qualities, A.A. Williams’ voice remains the star of her show. It’s as consistently powerful as it is calming: it fits tranquil acoustic soundscapes as well as devastating post-metal disintegrations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Shepherd Head is undoubtedly a solid release, especially considering the u-turns which make it, clearly, a different kind of Young Jesus record. While I’m not sure that the album’s scattershot nature will endear it to a broader audience, its tenuous genre affiliations leave a potentially wide range of listeners in the crosshairs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    The End, So Far is lack-lustre at almost every turn.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It feels strange yet familiar, rather comforting and welcoming while also showing the artist being peacefully exalted about it. Some will need a tunneling machine to get to them, and some other will do with a spoon, but there's treasure to be found in the heart of Fossora, and if willpower is not enough to help you find them, mushrooms will surely help.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It may be flawed and an uneven listen, but The Hum Goes on Forever is another gripping entry in The Wonder Years' canon in spite of that - perhaps another defining moment, where they finally keep their heads above water long enough to see the sunrise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    All the characteristics of JID's music appear in full force: the attention-grabbing beat switches equalled only by his effortless changeups in flow, absolutely absurd rhyme schemes and storytelling chops, and features that range from fantastic (Earthgang on their fun shit, a more fired-up Yasiin Bey than we've heard in the better part of a decade and a disarmingly beautiful cameo from James Blake) to the banal (21 Savage and Lil Durk, sounding exactly like you'd expect them to). ... Fun, idiosyncratic and personal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One certainly shouldn’t turn to Weather Alive when looking to jam out hard, but for a cohesive batch of wistful mood pieces, look no further.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The band doesn’t quite manage to fire on all cylinders for the entirety of their debut LP (with a few mid-album tracks seeing the quality level slip a bit), but a good chunk of this record is absolutely fantastic, blending grit and melody with an undeniable intensity, both musically and atmospherically. All told, warts and all, this is a record which absolutely merits inclusion among the year’s finest.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s the first track that commands serious momentum, though the closer “50/50” isn’t too shabby either. ... Its novelty burns off by the halfway mark, but there’s a strong sense that here, at least, was a direction worth doubling down on. Kudos. The rest of the record is an over-calculated mess.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Asphalt Meadows not only lives up to but truly, actually fulfils the promise of Death Cab for Cutie – of music not always new, or unique, or 'experimental', but always, always genuine, and always, always packed with meaning and emotion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Hardest Part contains some of the most genuine sounding country/pop that has been released in quite some time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The strength of the opening trio of tracks on Expert In A Dying Field is a potent reminder of their best attributes.