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 Ágætis Byrjun
Lowest review score: 20 The Impossible Thrill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
49 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Mosaic Thump" still suffers many of the weaknesses of its genre. Like most rap LPs it's overlong and features too many guest stars.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This disc may lack its predecessor's immediacy, but rarely has sophomore slump sounded like such success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Occasionally, as on the gurgling electro-pop of "Short Circuit," the album actually manages to disappoint. But more often it provides the kind of intelligently produced yet universally likeable floor-fillers that keep even devoted hipsters from killing themselves when their relatives drag them to suburban dance clubs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite initial misgivings, "The Contino Sessions" has a hypnotic effect that does shine through and is one album that improves upon repeat listens. While not perfect ... "The Contino Sessions" is a dark, mysterious album that will leave you with more questions than answers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The very qualities that annoyed me about it at first - the "proper" musicality, the lack of rough edges - are what draws me to it now.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Detroit techno artists Juan Atkins and Carl Craig rub shoulders with back-to-basics rappers The Roots and electro-folkie Beth Orton (on the Watt-produced "Stars All Seem to Weep"), creating a distinctive chillout vibe out of disparate genres.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    New treats for established fans and a quick overview for the newly curious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    "Central Reservation" is a decidedly grown-up pleasure and Orton is an artist who succeeds splendidly on her own modest terms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's as if there's an optimal number of musical ideas per song, and the album falls apart when the number spikes too high - or dips too low.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The entire LP takes on a sort of plodding sameness even as the overall sonics soar.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The lushness of 1992's "Love Deluxe" has given way to an understatement so pronounced it's almost jarring; this LP sounds like it was recorded in zero gravity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Oh, there are moments of pure wonder, to be sure, but they're sandwiched between tracks that either retread old ideas or execute less impressive new ones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Much of the music's electronic undertow has receded, leaving Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen's airy melodies and counter-melodies stranded in gassy lounge-pop compositions that sound merely retro instead of retro-futuristic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What once sounded like a compelling dance-pop concept now seems genial, verging on retro.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the year between its European and its and U.S. releases, "Movement" lost four tracks and gained four others, but these dubious "improvements" turned the disc from a decent dance-pop LP to a blatant, though scattered, crossover bid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When you string them all together and play them to the bleachers, "Cups" and "Push Upstairs" and "Shudder/King of Snake" sound remarkably interchangeable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the melodic acumen Merritt displayed on last year's Magnetic Fields opus, "69 Love Songs," is largely AWOL on "I'm Lonely and I Love It."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An LP full of nothing but compromises and dried-up creativity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The LP comes off like a gently melodious but ultimately odorless fart. That is to say, it's practically invisible and it's easy to forget about once the moment has, ahem, passed.