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 United Nations of Sound
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 'world-music' excursions of the previous 'Global - A Go Go' album are less in evidence and 'Streetcore' is a sharper, leaner collection for it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine writer, possessed of a honeyed, deep, richly expressive voice, Ice-T may have been the rapper of choice for white suburban teens in big shorts, but that doesn't mean he or his music have ever been anything less than grippingly authentic. He might not have always walked hip hop's artistic frontline, but 'The Evidence' proves he should always be ranked among the music's great practitioners.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Smother is brilliant, and a record by a band with a big brain, a generous heart, hungry ears and a permanent erection.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The quintessential much-loved cult band, they’ve yet to make an album their fans didn’t adore, but the good news is that “Oceans Apart” is one of their finest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With such songs as 'Southern Point,' which builds from shuffling, folk-jazz grooves into a squelchy, winding fairytale, breathtaking piano-pop anthem 'Two Weeks' and the towering drama of 'I Live with You,' we join the consensus: this is a record to swoon over.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Kicking Television" documents a band on fire and a frontman in clarion clear voice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It will undoubtedly top some end of year lists this Christmas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is something unique, often flawed and often flooring, and as fine and fitting a memorial for its lyricist as could be imagined.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in, this is probably their best work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether forsaken or not, Fucked Up certainly do a fine job of making the political sound personal--a victory in itself when taken with a sonic ferocity so broad in its range and wide in scope.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A 93 minute-long nervous breakdown that offers few concessions to the needs of the listener to be entertained.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not since Springsteen's "Greetings From Ashbury Park, NJ" has an album carved poetry so successfully from the dirty streets of America's greatest cities, or has a lyricist dealt so skilfully with the themes of addiction, failure and snatching redemption a split second before passing out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ys
    In a bid to make a startling epic work, she's concentrated on the form and neglected the content.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Three albums in and Basement Jaxx are still so far ahead of the pack that they're a barely visible dust cloud on the horizon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's dark but without employing the dull monotone formulas that have dragged drum and bass down.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs might be helmed by waves of guitar fuzz (their self-styled 'loose wool' sound) and dissonance, but the gentle orchestration provided by long-time collaborator Padma Newsome and the defiantly tough, robotic drumming of Bryan Devendorf give these songs a warm, phosphorescent glow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A quietly timeless triumph.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record's treasure is folded into layers which make it an endlessly rewarding place to invest a couple of months of your life.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Be assured, this is a genuinely spectacular album: the most stunning aspect being that there's clearly better to come.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With this ramshackle spread of spiked beats and filthy-fingered funk he's produced easily his best work.... An intoxicating, headstorming brew of desire and despair 'Bow Down To The Exit Sign' is the first great album of the millennium.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Old Ramon' is a slight affair cut from similar cloth to '...Blue Guitar', fuzzy with distortion, hampered by less than inspirational songwriting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything, you suspect, that people hate about Björk is multiplied a thousandfold here. But by the same measure, to her fans, “Medulla” is an intimate, ecstatic wonder.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's perhaps not very hopeful that 'This Is Happening' will capture the same number of ears and hearts as 2007's terrific 'Sound Of Silver' did, but it's a fine and thrilling epitaph nonetheless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Pitt and Clooney’s sharp suits and nonchalant one-liners, it’s a deft balance of style and humour. And not since Quincy Jones’s score for 'The Italian Job' has it been executed with such precision.