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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Muzikizum
Lowest review score: 10 United Nations of Sound
Score distribution:
1511 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be epic, sprawling and too unwieldy a tool with which to prise open a place in the charts, but it's also nothing short of remarkable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Squeaky genius.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to believe a better advertisement for music's capacity to be simultaneously adventurous and entertaining, funny and moving, leftfield and mainstream will be released all year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They muster compelling music that sounds like triumph in the face of adversity, building something beautiful out of the building blocks of sadness and despair.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On paper it can seem a dark, depressing combination. But what Hope Of The States bring and what, in theory, they offer up for the lost and desperate to cling onto is... well, hope.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Busting out of car speakers on hot London streets this summer, 'Ego War' is gonna make you think that, finally, we've got a Brit band worth adoring.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Across forty minutes, this is epic yet compact, a film noir in garish technicolour, an album made up of potential singles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is music designed to fill arenas - possessed of a consistent quality and vision, a head, a heart and soul - that simply leaves the competition trailing in its wake. An utter triumph.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've resurrected with this, their fourth album, the seemingly outmoded concept that with enough nurturing and faith, a band - and by extension it's audience - can grow into a beautiful thing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Reveal' sees REM exhale, relax and ease into a new confidence with a collection of songs to fill your heart. Every track here sifts with a live energy that was previously polished out of 'Up', and they sound all the better for it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A darkly, slathering record of frustration and disillusionment, “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" may, in time, even come to be seen as one of the true masterpieces of the noughties guitar revival.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spoon have created an album that will not only satisfy long-time observers but will also act as a gateway for those yet to discover their charms.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another masterpiece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Welcome to the hottest, coolest, best-dressed pop album of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Represents a considerable stride in ambition, reaching into dark unchartered territories and repaying close listening with the kind of organic insights that great music excels in unearthing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A mature and, occasionally beautiful album, possibly the finest of their career.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Hammond, [Waits] has found a worthy collaborator, one who gets to the heart of what these strange lyrics are actually about and imbues their sharp angles, acute observations and nicotine-stained introspection with some real insight and understanding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marina & The Diamonds convincingly fight off the encroaching talons of expectation by embarking on a rampant, stomping adventure, letting no idea lie when it can be crashed into another loudly and a microphone placed nearby to collect the resulting sparks.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Since I Left You' is nothing short of stunning.... There's more imagination in this hour-long odyssey than most sample-based artists manage in their entire career. Not since DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing' has an album showed what you really can do with a bunch of old vinyl.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album that feels like a watershed somehow, a significant step onwards.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nguyen has created what will probably be one of 2003's best albums. 'Again' is a dark and sexy record that reveals itself seductively over time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Generally an upbeat dancey album which finds Madonna still ahead of the game sixteen years into her career, 'Music' takes an occasional breather with some more grown-up, reflective balladry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record can't claim such a free-spirited conception as its predecessor, but that's actually to its credit as not a moment rests idle or is flung in on a whim, every track connects like a pool cue to the back of the head in a bit of Friday night pub rough and tumble.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And while at first it feels like an unholy, unhummable mess, the same solid gold charm which powered lead single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" to Number One, lurks at the heart of every track, and by listen five it's refocused "Ta-Dah" into a strangely enticing nether world, where it's forever 1974 and a cheap thrill or soaring pop high lurks round every corner.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mighty fine album which neatly sidesteps the tired alt.country tag, 'Feast Of Wire' is an engaging musical road trip that you wish would never end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beginning to end enchanting and addictive album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a band that formed little over a year ago, the energy and intent of this record is thrilling and the music rarely fails their undoubtedly grand ambitions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a band returning to their roots, to the dramatic Celtic infused epics of their early records.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album finishes almost as well as it started with 'The Mall & Misery' (a bit of country, a bit of disco, lightening bolts of new wave guitar, harmonies to intoxicate), proving the album's effective inevitability is not tedious and the quality is clear whichever direction you approach from.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certainly, it's by far the best album of his career to date--proof that going it alone was a decision that most certainly paid off.