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 In Search Of... [First Version]
Lowest review score: 10 United Nations of Sound
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately, the depth of great songs written by Francis results in something that feels more like a proper album of still-dynamic psycho-rock than a shoddy cash-in.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you didn't like the casual misogyny, glorification of crack dealing and unapologetic thuggery of the debut then stop reading now, because "Hell Hath No Fury" makes it sound like "Meat Is Murder" by The Smiths.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If anything, this 25-song double set sees Belle & Sebastian at their finest.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can’t find something here that has you smiling and quoting the old saw about rumours of indie’s death being greatly exaggerated, it’s time to take up opera.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although "Hypermagic Mountain" is no less a terrifying, red-eyed and rampaging behemoth than its predecessors, the duo have unleashed a beast that assumes a more recognisable form.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TV On The Radio sound wise beyond their years, youthful stars whose mouthpiece contorts itself into funk shapes and whups without sounding like an out-of-depth chancer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take the time to squeeze inside, and you'll discover a startling, significant, endlessly inspiring album.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though Manitoba's constructions are joyously slap-dash and defiantly experimental, he still manages to lure the listener in with woozy melodies and strangely beguiling textures.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This time around Polly's drama school project is playing a Rock Star, and therefore this must be a Rock Record. And from the opener 'Big Exit', a simplistic, effective stomper so swathed in echo that she seems to be singing from the bottom of a pit, to the raucous semi-bonus 'This Wicked Tongue', it's just that, a back to basics special.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's unlikely you'll hear anything as near to perfect, magical and downright lovely all year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fine collection of songs from an immensely talented, tragically lost soul.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not radically new - although the Timbaland and the Trackmasters contributions are genuinely exciting - but it's exactly what a lot of people want to hear from a hip-hop album right now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happily, In Rainbows is pretty, pretty good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fragrant bouquet of melody, light, love and naughtiness wrapped in an unfamiliar joie de vivre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Fishscale" is a purist's delight, an album seemingly crafted solely for those who've been chasing his maverick tail for the past decade.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    “Arular”, as well as being a particularly great and brave album, could well be this year’s Portishead or Massive Attack.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not be the dance album of the year - but it's certainly pushing musical boundaries and deserves to be in your record collection.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironically, though defined sartorially and sonically by this short window in history, the songs on their debut album are mostly timeless. Few better will be released in 2008.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Panda Bear has created one of the most unusual and beautifully strange statements of the avant-garde.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There will be few better albums released this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'The Argument' is the sound of a band stretching out and thereby consolidating their position as a unique entity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a rolling, free and expansive feel to the album as a whole that is not only one of its most attractive features, but is also the most difficult thing about it to pin down.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not too ambitious to suggest few other releases this year will match its grace, humanity and power.... A magnificent album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A deeply special album, and one you hope enough people will allow to get under their skin.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It won't usher in a bold new era where boys are boys and bands play guitars, but there is more than enough here to chew over and enjoy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    xx
    As it is, with all their knobs set to downbeat, there's something restrained and knowing here that will trouble some newcomers. Still, there's very little on "xx" to suggest this band will end up on the compost heap.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Post-rock', which Sigur Rós most assuredly are, may be little more than the shoegazing of a decade ago in an ironic T-shirt, but that's no reason to dismiss it outright. For a start, much of it is very lovely.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If "Neon Bible" doesn't quite dazzle as "Funeral" did, that's more a measure of the latter album's benchmark brilliance, rather than the inferiority of the former.