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 SMiLE
Lowest review score: 10 United Nations of Sound
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've resurrected with this, their fourth album, the seemingly outmoded concept that with enough nurturing and faith, a band - and by extension it's audience - can grow into a beautiful thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a gut punch of a debut, and one that makes you believe Glasvegas are one of those rare, rare bands who might just have that perfect record in them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alight Of Night is a garage-weaned, art rock, squat-dirty masterpiece.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album feels like it's tuning into everything, connecting with everything. Welcome to Maii. And welcome to the future.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not turn out to be his biggest album, but 808s & Heartbreak could well be his masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Merriweather Post Pavilion's rare combination of great songs and vital invention make this one of the year's most important records, already.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems only logical that the three of them have relied so heavily on synths to create It's Blitz--despite Zinner's natural gift for manipulating the guitar--an album that's effectively a love letter to the dancefloor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Big by design, poignant yet relentlessly uplifting, it has the feel of a career crowning glory, or at the very least a second album, not a first attempt.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything is that much thicker, more weathered, generously exaggerated and significantly less innocent. It pays increasing attention to composition and classy song structures and yet more to pulling them apart and lassoing passing listeners with the strands.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record can't claim such a free-spirited conception as its predecessor, but that's actually to its credit as not a moment rests idle or is flung in on a whim, every track connects like a pool cue to the back of the head in a bit of Friday night pub rough and tumble.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're the sort of person who can see music--even if you can't, perhaps--this is so colourful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spoon have created an album that will not only satisfy long-time observers but will also act as a gateway for those yet to discover their charms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be a scrappier collection than the exquisite, Tindersticks-in-aspic perfection of "The Hungry Saw", but somehow it adds up to something greater, the album as a whole bristling with creativity and the joys of trying something new.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marina & The Diamonds convincingly fight off the encroaching talons of expectation by embarking on a rampant, stomping adventure, letting no idea lie when it can be crashed into another loudly and a microphone placed nearby to collect the resulting sparks.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compact and succinctly direct, its 16 tracks rarely break the three-minute mark but are packed with a greater density of ideas than its predecessor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Take those hats off and launch them into the air for one of the most uplifting, career-topping albums anyone could have released, regardless of age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The suspicion lingers that Band Of Joy will be remembered more fondly than its wonderful predecessor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost everything here boils down to Cave's perennial concerns of sex and violence, rather than any Dark Lord of rock'n'roll stuff, coming loaded with lines to make even the most grave-faced goth chortle into their gruel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not just that these sentiments are timeless - these songs, in these hands, are only now receiving their definitive interpretations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    If Adele's debut '19' marked her out as a young chanteuse with a booming voice, her follow-up '21' has shown a maturity in her songwriting that makes her the de facto authority when it comes to soundtracks to broken hearts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Written, arranged, performed and recorded by Blake in his bedroom, the album isn't just a good collection of touching songs, it's a complete world of his own; a mood, a moment, a sound that's uniquely his. Just as a future classic should be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To anyone who's felt like they've been along to share even a little bit of that journey, it's an album-of-the-year contender that's bound to do nothing but delight.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, 'We Love Life' features some of the finest British rock music of recent years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a feeling of carefully constructed, mellow folk simplicity running through all these songs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LFO's gift is an ability to strip Detroit's electronic music of its soul, punishing any soft southern edges with a brutal attack of noise, while still managing moments of subtlety and consistently adventurous beat programming.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Swell don't look set to make any grand leaps forward either in terms of success or creativity, but that doesn't devalue their potency a single jot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Pole' is so minimal it's almost naked. But, by only including the things that matter, it's deceptively atmospheric.