No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 2,216 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Strawberry Jam
Lowest review score: 0 Famous First Words
Score distribution:
2216 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His newfound knack for experimentation does take Deafman Stare into some uncharted territory, but as the classic shuffle of 22 Days attests, his tangential compositions wouldn't resonate as proficiently if they also didn't capture the majesty of his nimble performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Any Day has that low-stakes feel, their flow just as effortless, it's because they're still keen to deliver a sort of refined muzak on steroids that never ages.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A little complexity never hurt anyone, and in Mourn's case, it's beginning to take them in new and interesting directions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The entirety of Redemption sounds as morose as his parched rhymes, with an effective backdrop of bleak bass drones and minimal synth lines, but not as much when he attempts to slow down his delivery. Stick for his soul-bearing lessons, even if he treads on familiar and worn-down musical paths.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes all this work, however, is Iceage’s commitment to darkness. Their signature, dirgey melancholia broods through standouts like Catch It and the title track, reminding listeners that while Iceage are willing to embrace pop, they’ll never do it with a smile.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Iit’s hard to deny that the blistering riffs of A Stare Bound in Stone, Daggers of Black Haze and it’s ass-kicking title track demonstrate a pitch-perfect excellence in death metal you only get from seasoned pros in the genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At times, the band's genre-bending excursions sometimes result in slightly deformed arrangements that are impressive in scope but not in efficiency. But that shouldn't deter one from Deafheaven's wondrous and impressionistic creation. It is, like most of their polarizing body of work, equal parts off-putting and fiercely inclusive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By stripping everything back, it often ends up just being a distillation of their sound. The songs are familiar but frustratingly lack any colour or character.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While he denies us simple solutions, he uses this album to open sounds and atmospheres stranger and more daring than he’s used before. Rather than looking for answers, maybe the questions are what truly matter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music is at turns bewildering, cathartic and questioning throughout; there is no separation. An exceptional record from one of the music world's brightest talents.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lush marks the arrival of an immensely talented singer-songwriter who also still has much room to grow. It may not live up to those more exuberant expectations of an instant classic, but it’s still an admirable, skillful piece of music that leaves me excited for what comes next. In this case, Jordan hasn’t finished the race. She’s just arrived at the starting line.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with the songwriting differences, Hope Downs sounds like a unified partnership between five musicians who've known each other for most of their lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ye
    ye doesn’t reward repeat listens. It gives its limited treasures upfront and it’s an album with precious little beneath the surface.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Flasher may have the attitude of their eighties DC counterparts, but they ultimately channel their thinking person's punk aesthetic by attempting to rewrite its traditions altogether.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Age Of is an excellent and frequently rewarding album; where one might expect a musical cul-de-sac, there is a 180-degree turn that somehow always feels appropriate, a testament to two years of songcraft that have clearly paid dividends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Hell-On, Case once again spins the roulette with a treasury of surprises, stimulating lessons that are complex, thoughtful and articulate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a disagreement about whether this should be classed as their fourth, fifth or sixth album, but there’s little doubt that Wide Awake! is up there with their very best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s difficult not to see how this album, in an attempt to appeal to a much wider audience, won’t end up splitting their fanbase. It won’t alienate anyone who wants a fine pop album, but it may disappoint those who had come to expect something more interesting than that from the trio.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Louder I Call... is another step forward for Wye Oak, a duo who still carry plenty of vision to inject some life into a form of indie rock that you don't hear that often anymore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nielson is comfortable enough in his own songwriting to settle into airtight grooves--with the assistance of the clattering, shifty drums from his brother--and allow them to simmer for a few golden moments. His guitar playing is sensational, and his use of warping effects to achieve the right mix of tightness and sensitivity gets better with each UMO record.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is extremely easy to listen to--so much so that it can veer slightly into monotonous territory--but it’s a soundscape that is impossible to dislike.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Sadie Dupuis] leads from the front with an outrageous level of assuredness and a delightful penchant for a hook.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With such a wide-ranging collection of retro sounds blended into one record, the fact that the album’s near 45-minute runtime avoids any real stale moments is another triumph from Uchis.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Through her fictitious accounts, the band follows with a harmonious balance of dissonant transitions. Other times, their song structures are more conventional, even if they take on a few grinding solos and lush string accompaniments. It makes for a sometimes confounding if indecisive listen, but Quinlan's passionate eye for detail hasn't withered in the slightest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It sometimes renders a bit slight and doesn't have quite the volume of her best material. But Grid of Points pulls you in all the same, and as it is with Harris's best work, she emanates a mysterious allure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Already Forth Wanderers ooze the confidence and candidness to make themselves major players in their indie-pop sphere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    They rekindle some of that fiery passion with The Doomed, a stunning example of grand, orchestral rock with some majestic touches. But for every explosive, curtain-closing exit there's the lifeless anthem.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The performances are muscular and attention-grabbing, and the melodies built around her distress take new and zestful contours.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not the first time a band of this stature chooses to find their confidence by taking it slow. But neither is it too daring or too unhinged; in fact, sans the slower, more methodical tempos, many of the songs still fall under their common pairing of doo-wop chord progressions and piercing guitars. So much of your appreciation for Tranquility may depend on how much you can stomach Turner's interpretative dance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's when Bridges merges a pop-oriented approach over a modern R&B groove where his creative diffidence shows.