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 Funeral
Lowest review score: 10 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An elemental tour-de-force, "The Reminder" could be her Eureka record - an album where almost everything turns to gold.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just knowing Shakira is still in the world and capable of making albums as inspired and assured as "Fijacion Oral Vol 1" is like finding out ABBA are reforming or that the real Michael Jackson was kidnapped and replaced with an evil imposter shortly after making "Thriller".
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "The Black Parade" is a big, fat, obnoxious, difficult, overbaked concept record and it's all the more exciting for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Supernature" is the rarest of records - one which arrives late in the life span of a genre but defines it so completely and perfectly that a full stop can be placed right there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's every sense that Wild Beasts are happy embracing their own ridiculousness and there's enough cheeky humour here, "chocs away!" shagging scenarios and references to old boys and institutions to suggest that whilst there's serious musical craft at foot, the whole lark's just a jolly good old wheeze and "Limbo, Panto" is all the more fun for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mostly this is U2 trying too hard, caring too much, being too insufferably genuine without having anything to be particularly genuine about.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Taken in three-minute doses, 'D-D-Don't Stop The Beat' sounds fantastic. Taken all at once, it's proof that too much fun can be hard to bear.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfectly contemporary hip-hop release rescued from the ashes of independent hip-hop cliche.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's truly intriguing in the way PJ albums haven't been since the commanding "To Bring You My Love" back in 1995.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's well-built, yes, but almost too well built, many parts sounding like they've been lifted directly from SY's vast back catalogue and slotted into place, like a jigsaw that needed completing, rather than the sprawling documents of noise and confusion this band's name is built upon.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Truelove's Gutter, Hawley stands at the other side of his beloved city's bridge, leading the charge for the welcome return of pop that demands your full attention to get the best out of it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What will draw fans old and new to this record, however, is the melancholia of Tindersticks frontman Stuart Staples' vocals, which become especially poignant on the forlorn 'Other Side Of The World.'
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With each offering clocking in around the two minute mark, 'I Will Be' is over almost as soon as it's begun - leaving behind a smouldering trail of hazy mysticism and filthy bass lines. It's short and sweet, but there's a definite sting in the tail.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By narrowing their range and increasing their focus, and by wearing their hearts on their sleeves and not smirks on their faces, they may just have released their first, confidently Hot Chip record. And that turns out to be something rather wonderful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Steele's self-conscious attempts to create a legend for himself only distract from what is actually a very good album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Wincing The Night Away" shows The Shins as fleet-footed and supremely confident, their slightly off-beat sensibility happily uncompromised by its (newly) gleaming production and overall panoramic bigness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The question is whether Years Of Refusal finds Morrissey still opening his musical horizons and legs, or reverting to sour type. Predictably for a man whose solo career often seems to be a sadistic exercise in frustration, the answer lies between the two.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album lacks the flab of previous efforts and, where he's been guilty of hiding behind guests before, the contributions are (perhaps inadvisably in retrospect) kept to a minimum. Sadly though, the grandstanding and chest beating take their toll on both Graduation's aesthetic and the listener's patience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album's reduced sonic density is both refreshing and slightly disappointing, since the confounding head-rush of their tunes was always a large part of their appeal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a rich, bright, clever and engaging album that should trash those lame prejudices against Belle & Sebastian once and for all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Popular Songs may contain few surprises for long-term admirers, it is nonetheless a contrary beast in that it demands to be heard in a single, complete sitting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're not a fan of their weighty retro riffs, Into The Future is not going to sway you; but those who loved their self-titled debut will thrill to the darker, more convincing sounds of former single 'Stormy High' with its Plantish wails and solid Sabbathy riffs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only does it contain Green Day’s finest songs (and choruses) to date... but it also scratches at the surface of political dissatisfaction with nails sharp enough to leave a nasty scar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
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    Appallingly tasteful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weller fans can once again breathe a sigh of relief, for the man's still got it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Imagine an album programmed by a focus group of John Peel fanatics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The brothers keep it tight though, allowing themselves room to manoeuvre and muck about with time signatures and effects, but within the confines of songs that rarely exceed four minutes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The need for rock'n'roll bands to declare war on clichés has been evident for ages. But who'd have thought a band in tight jeans and sunglasses would wind up leading the charge?