Armchair DJ's Scores

  • Music
For 49 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 90 Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Lowest review score: 20 The Impossible Thrill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
49 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easy to dismiss crossover hits as a dumbed-down version of an underground sound. But damn it, this is a phenomenal album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song drifts in and out of focus like snatches of street noise on a half-awake Sunday morning - no need to get up, just lie there and listen quietly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The secret to Garnier's accessibility lies in his ability to locate fresh specific sounds and organize them sparsely atop the existing framework of electronic dance music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterful bricolage that revisits the crossroads of early-'80s clubland without ever settling for cheap pastiche.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This back-to-basics approach gives dynamic focus to Harvey's lyrics, which tantalize with their taut, elliptical precision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most consistently lovely album of his career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combining state-of-the-art sonic trickery with inventive rhythms, gorgeous melodies and - most importantly - solid structures, these 19 tracks represent Handley and Turner's most satisfying collection to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album as life-affirming as its predecessor was bleak.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saint Etienne retain their stature as a great, if unsung, singles band who have a way with a killer b.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A polished, classy album whose retrained elegance and melancholy resonance more than compensate for its lack of rhythmic and instrumental restlessness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfect overview for new initiates and packs plenty of surprises for hardcore fans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beaucoup Fish isn't a huge step forward for Underworld, but it is a refinement of their sound.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first album from The Sixths was a dirge-like affair, but the new one's delightful.... The maturity of Merritt's songwriting lends emphasis to the singers' voices and interpretive powers; more often than not, they avail themselves capably.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now if only the duo could deliver an LP that's consistently rather than merely frequently brilliant, we could stop fast-forwarding through the second-string tracks and soggy ballads that clutter up side B.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From start to finish, "Midnite Vultures" is a total party romp of an album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unabashedly beautiful tunes like "I Don't Believe in the Sun" and "Come Back from San Francisco" provide provide ample payoff for the arduous process of listening to the collection in total.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First Album is proof that embracing a cliche with style can be just as powerful as running away from it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those expecting another helping of stand-up comedy and skewed dancefloor firepower clearly won't find what they're looking for on "Whatever," but the LP certainly hangs together better than any previous Green Velvet CD.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Academics and readers of The Wire may sniff that "Idiology" marks a step backward for this duo, but for my money this is the best thing they've done since 19997's "Autoditacker."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If refining one's vision rather than foraging for new sounds is the mark of emerging artistic maturity, then it appears that techno's jester genius has finally decided to grown up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The year's most enjoyable piece of agit-pop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Geogaddi" improves on "Music Has the Right to Children" by taking the Boards of Canada sound into darker, more disturbing and fragmented directions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "So ..." is one of the most innovative albums of the year, stretching the gamut of every musical genre that melts in your head, not in your mouth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This sort of thing may be n steps removed from the dancefloor, but it's also thrillingly physical, even while it tantalizes the mind.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group's most consistently rewarding album since 1993's "Very."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not since Bomb the Bass's "Clear" has a British production team re-interpreted aging African American tropes so persuasively.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That The Aluminum Group is an acquired taste becomes more true with every album, but each outing provides at least a few tracks like these ("Satellite", "Tom of Finland") that truly captivate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These 13 dusky ditties almost always enchant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Ghost" marks the welcome debut of a more body-oriented brand of user-friendly experimentation - crisp and cool, yet dionysian at the same time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The overlong LP... reveals an artist who could use some discipline, but there's enough melody, wit and funk hidden among these 14 tracks to brighten any R&B fan's Christmas.