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 Electric Circus
Lowest review score: 10 Twelve Stops And Home
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a time when the music is either dominated by commercial personas or the proteges of the new breed of super producers, 'Expansion Team' is an essential shot in the arm for the increasingly stagnant underground.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Is A Woman' is a deep, rewarding, frustrating, baffling, engaging experience then, an album that drifts away from you just when you're getting hold of it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Coral have refined their influences, dropping some of the more incongruous blasts and revelations for a more concise, controlled dervish of Northern guitar colour and shade, West Coast psychedelic fever and Spaghetti Western landscapes and atmospherics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Luke Haines, of nineties nobodies The Auteurs and Baader Meinhof, together with Sarah Nixey and John Moore, appear to have taken Saint Etienne's 'Like a Motorway' (from 'Tiger Bay') and driven away with it in a battered Ford Escort to a distant destination, a concept album about motorways and travelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a first listen 'The Optimist LP' simply drifts over your head like yet another take on a well worn formula, but given a second chance reveals a glorious, often ornate sensibility that simply can't be ignored.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is largely the mature second album that we were hoping for with Steve Mason's magical way with a tune still proving capable of injecting an awe-inspiring and yet indefinable emotional resonance to everything he touches.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tremendously odd hour of music.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The thundering beats, subdued vocals of indecipherable lyrics, and power packed riffs are all still there, but they've mellowed and everything is a bit softer around the edges.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ten
    A thoroughly engaging exercise in uneasy listening.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The startling musical variety amplifies the fact that no matter how aloof, how diffident, how cartoon Beck might be, he's so extravagantly talented that he's already lapped everyone else on that strength alone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With 'Talkie Walkie', Air are headed back where they came from. That they do this without actually retracing their own footprints and have produced an album with its own delicate but distinct hallmarks is a measure of their talent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They now have more in common with Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than they do their former mentors Papa Roach.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nearly everything that was once infuriating and irritating about The Divine Comedy has now been eradicated in favour of a new honesty and depth to their sound complete with some genuinely touching moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harping on in their own innocuous, oblivious manner, like the shy cousin of Squarepusher the four music makers have succeeded in creating a selfishly inviting album of great beauty and delicacy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is as much to be embraced in this as in any of the Gorillaz material. If not more.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gomez continue to make powerfully relevant music.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You've heard this album before then, but it's never sounded quite this crazed and pressed for time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the main they have done away with their more stodgy, pretentious material and distilled their sound into a stripped down rawness, and they sound all the better for it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dreamy, sun-dappled delight, blending pastoral folk, psychedelia, free-wheeling, West Coast Americana and orchestral pop with such apparent effortlessness that its darker lyrical themes - the workings of sinister, invisible forces and the destruction wrought by war - are uncovered only by careful listening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking the death penalty as the central theme for an album -the sleevenotes feature anti-death penalty quotes from the like of Bono, Chuck D and Nirvana's Krist Novoselic- may not sound like much of a party, but there's a human warmth and gentle humour in Franti's delivery, hitched to hugely danceable and uplifting music.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sound-wise, 'Sleeping With Ghosts' is pretty much flawless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is smart, thought-provoking material for the twisted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't disappoint, if beatific, rhythm-infested melodies, resplendent in wondrous brass, stark string accompaniment and obscure found sounds are your bag.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bloodflowers' stands as a glorious, if contradcitory, body of work. It won't win new converts but lapsed Cure fans will find it a thrilling and rewarding hour.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Live shows have shown that they have an even more cutting, vital album waiting to be recorded. If they can harness that live edge with this recorded willingness to experiment, their next album will be a monster.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique musical vision with a genuinely unique and beautifully skewed worldview to boot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What is different about the overall feel of this messy and ambitious album is that it marks The Roots' liberation from genre, the neo-soul meanderings of 'Things Fall Apart' only appear when they're wanted and never outstay their welcome.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not original or slyly crafted enough - a couple of songs could definitely have benefited from a quick edit from Damon - to feel truly classic, but it has a charm and a vibrancy that's impossible to resist.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there's nothing as irresistibly catchy as "Under Rug Swept"'s magnificent "Hands Clean", the overall impression, musically speaking, is one of freshness, optimism and energy. But better still, it's smart, and sussed, and frequently funny as hell.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They don't make a better sound than your average bunch of Sonic Youth fanatics, but they make it feel better, make it seem more important, more romantic almost.