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 It Still Moves
Lowest review score: 10 Rolling Papers
Score distribution:
1,511 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tweedy takes conventional songforms birthed on his acoustic guitar and scrambles them completely, reassembled into fractured, dissonant epics with the help of the reliably brilliant Jim O'Rourke.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What is different about the overall feel of this messy and ambitious album is that it marks The Roots' liberation from genre, the neo-soul meanderings of 'Things Fall Apart' only appear when they're wanted and never outstay their welcome.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's likely to be a defining point in their career even if it's not their definitive release.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Seven Swans" is as a graceful tour de force of an album - beguiling, bewitching and beautiful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Three loud cheers for her scattershot creativity, please.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dreamy, sun-dappled delight, blending pastoral folk, psychedelia, free-wheeling, West Coast Americana and orchestral pop with such apparent effortlessness that its darker lyrical themes - the workings of sinister, invisible forces and the destruction wrought by war - are uncovered only by careful listening.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps it's no surprise that eighth album Let England Shake is the first for which Harvey does not appear on the sleeve.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] strong contender for album of the year.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a canny mix and results in Hercules And Love Affair making music for feet and heart, but also for the soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record to throw yourself into with the same glee Robyn clearly has.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its branding as work-out music, 45:33 feels more like an amazing club DJ set than something to quicken one's pace on the treadmill. [Review of UK release]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Built on a repetitious platform of bass, drums and guitar, what starts off as a genuinely thrilling journey tends to conclude in a cul-de-sac.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mighty fine album which neatly sidesteps the tired alt.country tag, 'Feast Of Wire' is an engaging musical road trip that you wish would never end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It gathers momentum slowly, making for a brew so quietly potent and pulsating with repressed energy you're almost afraid to leave the room while it's playing in case it explodes messily all over the walls.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over fifty minutes of slick, loungey, cinematic music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exquisitely detailed, you can well believe that this is an album many years in the making and one with twice those years of pain inscribed in its emotionally wracked songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Late Registration" feels more comfortable in its own skin than its predecessor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's startling that a commercial rock band could sound this blood-and-oxygen vital, this meaningful and mighty six albums into their career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No doubt Helplessness Blues will win Pecknold further fame and success, whether he likes it or not.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That every track here reinforces that memory of him makes it an unexpectedly fitting tribute.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quite simply, "The Drift" is unlike any other record on Earth.