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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every genre needs its defining record, its high watermark, and this 66-minute tantrum is nu-metal's gift to history. A classic, terrifyingly.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not as remarkable a transformation as the one Rick Rubin performed on Johnny Cash, but this is a fine collection and as pleasurable a listen as it undoubtedly was to record.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delivering his lyrics in a breathless barrage, 'Boy In Da Corner' packs the energy flash of London MCing into its grooves and for that alone it deserves attention.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Contraband" is "Appetite For Destruction" for grown-ups.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of an emboldened, beefier Beta Band, certainly, the new songs sounding fuller, freer and more confident than ever before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cowboy Junkies have made a 'growing older' record - there's a greater preoccupation with loss and death, reflected in a heavier, darker musical cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This still isn’t the kind of music that you’ll hear looped on adverts or behind sporting highlights, but instead simple, affecting songs that use the human heart as an instrument as surely as acoustic guitars.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old loves Liquid Liquid, ESG and A Certain Ratio haven’t been abandoned and their percussionist still works overtime, but the spirits of Prince, Kraftwerk (both on the wryly self-referential "Dear Can"), Chic and even ABC (on the politicised "Shit Scheisse Merde Pt 1") make cameo appearances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A magnificent return to the band's brutal, almost hardcore punkish, roots.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s a suppler record than its older brother, largely avoiding the skittish tempos of "Turn On..." tracks like "Roland" in favour of elegant curves and harmonies... though the road-honed likes of "Slow Hands" and "Not Even Jail" still hit bruisingly hard.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Raveonettes have something the Mary Chain lost around the time of 'Automatic': an understanding of how to make a tight three minute pop song feel exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, there are a lot of reasons to hate Scissor Sisters. But this brilliant debut is not one of them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" is an immensely derivative album, but one which cuts and pastes its influences in a strikingly original way. Chiefly, by piling them all on at once.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underpinning the entire record is a delightful pop sensibility that holds this rag-bag of ideas together.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Youth and Young Manhood' is nothing more than a great rock'n'roll album.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there's no doubting Tjinder's undeniably good taste, the sheer profusion of ideas on offer is probably Cornershop's biggest shortcoming.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This second album from rappers Will.I.Am, Apl.D.Ap and Taboo is served with a hefty helping of soul sensibility and there are pinches of jazz and calypso thrown in for good measure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A frequently astonishing album that combines bruising rock and limp-wristed flourish in almost equal measure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Will’s work has seldom had a stronger sonic setting.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And if the production is not as sumptuous as a Furry’s album – although it’s by no means lo-fi – thematically it’s business as usual.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s Manuva’s startling honesty which first impresses.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Importantly, while The Stands’ obvious musical loves cannot be faulted, it’s their own inimitable style that makes them more than just another retro outfit.