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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Muzikizum
Lowest review score: 10 United Nations of Sound
Score distribution:
1511 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The interesting theme doesn't last.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What he doesn’t have, but desperately needs, is a little of bit of grit.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
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    Appallingly tasteful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What niggles is that many of the songs aren’t whole enough or, if we’re honest (and it’s hard because he’s just so darn loveable and charming), good enough for an album. Even superior compositions like “Art Teacher” suffer under this record’s careless construction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We'll take it any day over the bloated, self-important MOR of the Big Rap Stars (stand-up Nas) but hipster rap still has a way to go if it's to prove more than a passing fad.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It sounds as if the band's batteries are steadily running out. Confidence ebbs, emotions run flat, the songs become more and more inconsequential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Now
    But for all its stylish exuberance, 'Now' is an album full of wonderful sounds that's lamentably thin on songs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It just sounds like she cannot be roused to feel very passionate about anything.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Death Magnetic at least proves that 40-something millionaires can make a valiant fist of recapturing the fury of youth. Sadly, though, it seems that Metallica will never be 20-years-old again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The production, however, is first rate, Dre proving that he really is on fire at the moment. Eminem's microphone skills are similarly beyond question ' though a little too shouty on occasion. It's just that his self-indulgent and irritatingly stupid rants will prove too much for any audience that recognises irony in Beavis and Butthead.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They seem keen to hold a mirror up to familiar pop tropes, but in doing so only reveal themselves for what they are - a gang of weirdoes carrying guitars. Perversely, their eagerness to engage the mainstream attention span often seems obnoxious in itself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Essentially if you like the bands that have so clearly influenced Stellastarr* you'll like this record. But it's difficult to really love a band that haven't yet found a voice they can truly call their own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A long 14 tracks, it's fairly unfocused and though the pair have done enough to prove that they're not just out to annoy, there is still something fundamentally unsatisfying going on here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's little doubting Wale's potential but 'Attention Deficit' is so much like a lot of other rap fare out there that it will very likely suffer to be heard above the cynicism directed at hip hop in 2010.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They've got one song, basically. It's a fairly good song, comprising driving, rama-lama rhythms and pitch-dark lyrical content; but repeated 10 times in fairly mild variations, it inevitably loses its appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is bound to be praised to the hilt as the Next Big Thing, but rock outfit At The Drive In have only one thing going in their favour - the absence of competition. It's so close to being something beautiful, something to cling on to in these aurally barren times, but it's just so not quite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Swift's thoughtful honesty and surprisingly articulate take on life should be commended.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Santogold, then, is a great 21st century cut and paste pop record: self-conscious, referential and catchy as hell. Buy it, love it...then chuck it away and buy a newer model.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Where once the bark was of Beck, we have - and this hurts - Wings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Bionix' has definitely been released at the wrong time of year: it's got chilled summer vibes written all over it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Welsh agit-poppers' tenth album isn't terrible--certainly not as listless or confused as Lifeblood--but it does sound lazy, lyrically and sonically.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's certainly refreshing to hear Oberst refrain from swaddling his emotionally-driven conceits in rock statesman's clothing, much of Conor Oberst seems too comfortably by-the-book to really leap off the page.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Your record collection still only really needs a couple of Chk Chk Chk 12"s and that Out Hud album, but don't pass on the chance to see them live.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Everything here sounds familiar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To be fair, "The Loon" stops short of pastiche, but it is too transparently a paean to Tape 'n Tapes' heroes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like a slightly under-serving best of, though, we get glimpses of what they've done before, but nothing substantial enough to set a new high-water mark.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It makes for a cool sound that might be too inoffensive at times but which grabs all the right places most of the time.