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 Illinois
Lowest review score: 10 Rolling Papers
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
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    This is true cosmic American music and possibly the best thing all concerned have ever done.
    • 80 Metascore
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    While those seeking a quick fix of cheap thrills hip hop will be disappointed, anyone who likes their music lush, multi-layered and lyrical should pick this up without delay.
    • 92 Metascore
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    'In Search Of' throbs with an innovation hewn from the patchwork of the past yet anxious to transcend it and head for undiscovered planets. The real revolution is here: support future music, reject imitation - 'In Search Of' really is one of the best albums you'll hear this year. [Review of UK version]
    • 80 Metascore
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    Make no mistake, this album sounds incredible: cascading orchestrations, pulsating and instantly memorable tunes, an atmosphere that's both accessible and palpably psychedelic.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Some are already calling it a landmark. This year's 'Deserter's Songs' or 'Soft Bulletin'. In truth it's probably better than both of those records.
    • 89 Metascore
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    A unique and beautiful work that will be returned to again and again. Definitely, already, an album of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It's not too ambitious to suggest few other releases this year will match its grace, humanity and power.... A magnificent album.
    • 65 Metascore
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    This is an awesome album, almost certainly Placebo's pinnacle, although I'd love to be proved wrong.
    • 66 Metascore
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    In-between the chaos and peace, 'Drukqs' induces a whole host of emotions using acid squiggles, plucked piano strings and 80s electro-breaks.
    • 97 Metascore
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    It's a masterclass in why they were, and still are, the greatest rock band to grace the Earth.
    • 86 Metascore
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    A single-disc equal of "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below".... Even if it only sold 14 copies, it would still be the best record of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Throughout the album, Primal Scream set a furious pace that only narrowly stops itself before the last note is spat out. In the preceding 65 minutes, what you get is as monumental a sonic statement of the times as 'Screamadelica' was over ten years ago, the first great album of the millennium and probably the best record of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Their records sound very different, but they're both astounding.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Incredibly, 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' is a record that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 'The Soft Bulletin', refining that album's themes and defiantly charging into unchartered musical territories. Another masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
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    “Funeral” is the sort of perfectly-realised record you’d hope from a band at the top of their game. For a debut release it’s unmatched in recent years. Hearing it is to wake from a black and white slumber and to view the world in widescreen Technicolour.
    • 87 Metascore
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    There will be few better albums released this year.
    • 97 Metascore
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    This is a brilliant record, just as it's always been.
    • 75 Metascore
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    An album full of highly dramatic and almost cinematic entertainment moments.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Definitely in the hat for album of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Once you've taken in how wonderful it sounds, it'll be time to thrill at how much of it there is, then how dense it all is.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Brilliantly sequenced, the album reaches a euphoric climax with the "Yes, we can change the world" hook of 'Black President,' a close cousin of Lupe Fiasco's 'Superstar.'
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Quixotic' can't fail to mesmerise even those who thought Tricky too clever for his own good.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A far more sonically ambitious statement than its predecessors, perfectly fusing organic sounds with production techniques that are usually the preserve of underground dance producers or R&B mavericks.
    • 76 Metascore
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    At just over half an hour long, 'Rock Action' is a concise and robust statement of intent. It also contains some of the most beautiful and mesmerising music you'll hear this or any other year.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Stuffed full of collaborations, the duo has created a multi layered, analogue driven, polished yet powerful long player.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Simultaneously laid back and bursting with intensity, 'Lost Horizons' is a film score inviting each of us to direct our own personal movie.
    • 88 Metascore
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    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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    2001 has been a tremendous year for hip-hop. At the last moment, the Wu-Tang Clan just made it even better.
    • 72 Metascore
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    The most inventive and exhilarating rock music Britain's producing right now.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a phenomenal album. And best of all, it’s unmistakably Prince.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Squeaky genius.
    • 75 Metascore
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    '100th Window' is every bit the production masterpiece its predecessors are - in places harkening back to, if not quite matching, the collective's glorious debut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Dalle] may be the New Courtney Love, at times even the Punk PJ Harvey, but she also has a depth of emotion that was last displayed by Kurt Cobain.
    • 92 Metascore
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    'Elephant' is already this year's most crucial purchase.
    • 71 Metascore
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    It's a record to get lost in, one that constantly surprises with its apparently infinite number of hidden harmonies and wry asides.
    • 89 Metascore
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    'The Sky Is Fallin' is a beast.... 'God Is In The Radio' has got just such an awesome riff, like the Lord himself hotwired to a Marshall amp.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's hard to believe a better advertisement for music's capacity to be simultaneously adventurous and entertaining, funny and moving, leftfield and mainstream will be released all year.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Over fifty minutes of slick, loungey, cinematic music.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Nguyen has created what will probably be one of 2003's best albums. 'Again' is a dark and sexy record that reveals itself seductively over time.
    • 75 Metascore
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    'Wonderland' is magnificent. An album full of cracking tunes, potential singles and a new found lust for life from one of the best bands of the last ten years.
    • 83 Metascore
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    [A] nine-minute sprawling, shifting and landing tidal wave.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Beyond the shiny surface of these songs lurks an unusual wealth of detail decorating the landscape through which the Furries power, scattering verse after chorus after verse at breathtaking speed.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It's an album that feels like a watershed somehow, a significant step onwards.
    • 74 Metascore
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    You could get lost for days in the depths of these arrangements, and still find something moving and transcendental at every gilded turn. It's a towering achievement...
    • 87 Metascore
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    'The Argument' is the sound of a band stretching out and thereby consolidating their position as a unique entity.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Busting out of car speakers on hot London streets this summer, 'Ego War' is gonna make you think that, finally, we've got a Brit band worth adoring.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The results breathe that same rarefied air as Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan.
    • 78 Metascore
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    It's tumultuous. It's breathtaking. It's expressive without the barest hint of Radiomuse indulgence.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The good news is that The Polyphonic Spree still make sense stripped of all visual gimmicks.
    • 83 Metascore
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    They've become accomplished, exciting, restrained and wise.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Generally an upbeat dancey album which finds Madonna still ahead of the game sixteen years into her career, 'Music' takes an occasional breather with some more grown-up, reflective balladry.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The key to 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' is to be found not in Martin's presence, but in the intensity, dynamism, verve and style that Coldplay have now nailed, when comparisons to Radiohead, Echo and The Bunnymen and, perhaps most pertinently, U2's 'Unforgettable Fire', manifest themselves in a series of killer strides.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's unlikely you'll hear anything as near to perfect, magical and downright lovely all year.
    • 89 Metascore
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    'Since I Left You' is nothing short of stunning.... There's more imagination in this hour-long odyssey than most sample-based artists manage in their entire career. Not since DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing' has an album showed what you really can do with a bunch of old vinyl.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Possibly the band's best album yet, destined to be loved by fans and loathed by critics, 'Mechanical Wonder' will be the soundtrack of spliffed up barbecues and boozed up afternoons with your mates for this summer and beyond.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Another masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Not since Oasis in their gloriously unstoppable and unapologetic heyday have we been given the opportunity to embrace such straight-ahead, ebullient, desire-fuelled guitar music.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's startling that a commercial rock band could sound this blood-and-oxygen vital, this meaningful and mighty six albums into their career.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 73 Metascore
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    The most obvious comparison for 'Tomorrow Right Now' is Roots Manuva's 'Run Come Save Me' and the UK's bouncement brigade. And the comparison is a favourable one all round.
    • 79 Metascore
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    This is rock with a big fat drunken grin scrawled over its face in lurid red lipstick.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Almost by accident, it seems, The Rapture have pulled it off: the album of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
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    A fragrant bouquet of melody, light, love and naughtiness wrapped in an unfamiliar joie de vivre.
    • 84 Metascore
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    It easily stands comparison not just to the stars Jay-Z has been forced to compete with since 1996, but to the all-time greats of hip hop history.
    • 83 Metascore
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    A mature and, occasionally beautiful album, possibly the finest of their career.
    • 90 Metascore
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    What 'Original Pirate Material' makes abundantly clear though, is that - whilst Skinner may not be at the very cutting edge of Garage's club soundtrack - he's a man blessed with an astonishing aptitude for pop and a mainline into the Zeitgeist.
    • 76 Metascore
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    'Reveal' sees REM exhale, relax and ease into a new confidence with a collection of songs to fill your heart. Every track here sifts with a live energy that was previously polished out of 'Up', and they sound all the better for it.
    • 69 Metascore
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    On paper it can seem a dark, depressing combination. But what Hope Of The States bring and what, in theory, they offer up for the lost and desperate to cling onto is... well, hope.
    • 87 Metascore
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    "Seven Swans" is as a graceful tour de force of an album - beguiling, bewitching and beautiful.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It will undoubtedly top some end of year lists this Christmas.
    • 75 Metascore
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    It is dense, it is long, it is complicated. It is also a magnificent triumph of artistry over blind anger.
    • 91 Metascore
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    His eye remains sharp.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A definite tour de force for indie hip hop.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Welcome to the hottest, coolest, best-dressed pop album of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It's not all brilliant, but there's enough of brilliance here to convince.
    • 75 Metascore
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    We've heard it all before, we know the punchline, we've bought into the joke, but still we want the delivery again and again.
    • 76 Metascore
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    It’s the way “With The Lights Out” fleshes out the plot that makes it so compelling.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's dark but without employing the dull monotone formulas that have dragged drum and bass down.
    • 81 Metascore
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    'Insignificance' is an album fraught with contradictions: tightly funky guitars sit alongside angelic piano and crunching 70s rock riffs shoulder belligerently up to honeyed pop harmonies. These are fascinating contradictions glued together with a binding harmonic honesty.
    • 68 Metascore
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    'Deep Down & Dirty' just reminds you how influential and important the Stereos were, and continue to be.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The record that Bright Eyes fans have been praying for - carefully played, quietly honest, dripping with glorious poetry and painful insight, truly the work of utter genius.
    • 82 Metascore
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    A work so consistently stirring, stately, and pop-aware it makes most recent guitar-based art-rock albums look tawdry.
    • 88 Metascore
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    “Arular”, as well as being a particularly great and brave album, could well be this year’s Portishead or Massive Attack.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Prepare to be beguiled.
    • 57 Metascore
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    A darkly, slathering record of frustration and disillusionment, “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" may, in time, even come to be seen as one of the true masterpieces of the noughties guitar revival.
    • 70 Metascore
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    A taut, economic album with emotional songs at its heart. Yep, we’re as surprised as you.
    • 81 Metascore
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    With this majestic and multifarious new album, he has surely struck sonic gold once again.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Free from the trappings of hype this is simply a great album. Rock 'n' roll: just like they used to make.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Even if "Hypnotize" is simply more of the same, with SOAD operating at such astonishing creative and emotional heights, it'll still leave every other metal band on the planet scrabbling in the dust.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Utterly unique and frequently wonderful.
    • 77 Metascore
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    "Everything Ecstatic" pulses with imagination and subtle talent, choosing to follow a sweet technicolour road rather than take a harder, and far well trodden path.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Beyond the grooves etched in this record, what is most exciting is the ease with which Arbez brushes aside the canon of 90s giants.
    • 89 Metascore
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    If anything, this 25-song double set sees Belle & Sebastian at their finest.
    • 79 Metascore
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    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".
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a very, very good record.
    • 74 Metascore
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    While other albums may have been more groundbreaking, none have been as excitable or infectious.