Dot Music's Scores

  • Music
For 1,511 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Lowest review score: 10 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the dominance of modern technology, this is still an album that adheres to the blueprint Farrell has laid down in his previous two outfits. More importantly, it moves into new musical territory and, coupled with his brilliantly versatile voice, makes 'Song Yet To Be Sung' a triumphant return for the latter-day chameleon of rock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goes on a bit, predictably (20 tracks!), but only Jay-Z can match its highlights for party soundtrack of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A harsh, almost hollow collection of songs, that are as darkly unsettling and violently disaffected as anything our rather self-absorbed Chicago-based outcast has committed to tape thus far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An emotive, often sorrowful work that features his most personal lyrics to date.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eclectic, electric and at times rather hectic, 'Souljacker' is without doubt the Eels finest release to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like listening to DJ Shadow after vast amounts of Angel Dust, 'Out Of Nowhere' is a sonic Hall Of Mirrors that bulges and bristles with restless inventiveness and illustrates an impressive attention to detail.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways, 'Evil Heat' comes across as something of an amalgam of the Scream's many phases and, because of that, it doesn't necessarily take them forward as their work in the past has done.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The problem is that 'Level II' is a pretty fabulous album caught in the wrong time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'A Little Deeper' is a lyrical bombshell and its only downfall is that the production has a tendency to sound flat and mundane by comparison.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes these songs really special is their ability to maintain a pop coherency, whilst being genuinely quirky and experimental.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'I Might Be Wrong' is Radiohead trashing the notion that 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' were difficult and sterile studio bound affairs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On a couple of tracks, on this their fifth and finest studio album, singer Stuart Staples doesn't actually sound like he's mumbling through the pain of all too recent root canal treatment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Mwng' or 'Mane' (as in horses) is a purely Welsh language album and is a theoretically disorientating and complex, but triumphantly audacious, experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And to anyone that contends they don't make them like they did anymore: listen to this. They still do.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, 'Road Rock Vol 1' is a tad sloppy and definitely no match for 'Live Rust', still Young's finest live album. That said, it's crudely compelling and with the exception of disappointing newie 'Fool For Your Love', further affirmation that this grizzled vet remains at the pinnacle of his considerable powers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all of Boards Of Canada's wonderful records, the whole seems to add up to far more than the sum of its parts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The aching sensitivity of many of these lonely acoustic compositions is balanced against an inventive backdrop of instrumentation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Furious techno stomps and mellow streamlined electronica clash head on with Karl Hyde's often nonsensical vocal style, pushing the group forward yet sticking close to their original blueprint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is strong instrumental feeling - sometimes joyful, sometimes melancholic and sometimes alluring and seductive - in every single track.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An energetic, intelligent and fairly modern rock album - not exactly cutting-edge, but not entirely anachronistic either.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nine fantastically-detailed, delicately-constructed and warm-sounding pieces that are far too slippery to fall into neat genre parameters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The monotony that blighted 1997's 'Wu-Tang Forever' and the sluggish complacency of some of the Clan's myriad solo projects in the past three years is notably absent. There's a born-again urgency here, with the RZA reclaiming control of the mixing desk from his disciples and trying out a few new tricks to spike the usual routine of cinematic string stabs and virtuoso raps.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What really makes this record engaging is that the simmering tension often chooses not to explode, yet somehow it works.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Poses', his second terrific album, is a collection of 12 songs in search of a musical; arch tales that mingle snapshots of boho life with arch allusions to courtly love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the overbearing subject matter of war, morality and protest "Trampin'" doesn't feel like a particularly heavy album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gorgeous and ambitious melding of classic soul structures and values to hyper-modern production technique.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect record, but "The Cure" does achieve something quite remarkable and unexpected. It leaves you looking forward to their next one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full of heat haze lethargy and sun scorched sing-alongs, it’s a resolutely romantic vision of the all American singer-songwriter as viewed through unmistakably French eyes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes 'Paid Tha Cost...' such an unexpected joy is the way in which Snoop's comic persona offers all involved an opportunity to loosen up and have some fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    “Meltdown” is a sturdy, well-written and (perpetually adolescent lyrics aside) mature addition to Ash’s enduring and near-essential canon – ample reward for ten years’ loyal support.