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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    '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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A more disparate and yet strangely coherent collection of moods and styles you will not hear this year outside a supremely eclectic compilation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With such brilliantly explicit expositions of death, loneliness and faith in his words, there's more than enough here to soften the blow about that other thing he was supposed to do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offend Maggie revels in that tease between balls-out western rock and Matsuzaki's playful but resolutely coy vocal patterns.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, this album sounds incredible: cascading orchestrations, pulsating and instantly memorable tunes, an atmosphere that's both accessible and palpably psychedelic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Icky Thump" is really a very odd record indeed, but then, oddness of a particularly bravura nature comes naturally to them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too often you can hear the self-satisfied smirk on these songs, the little finger held out affectedly at right angles, the raised eyebrow as he plays to his adoring audience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A cryptic but brilliant record, radically stripped of Radiohead's supposed musical strengths and charged throughout with a feverish desire to subvert and, perhaps, alienate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Out of these two good albums, a great single album is fighting to break out. [combined review of both discs]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The suspicion lingers that Band Of Joy will be remembered more fondly than its wonderful predecessor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is nostalgia by the truckload, lamenting of times past, talk of lessons learnt. Frankly there's a lot of looking back, but it doesn't feel weighed down by it all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'A Little Deeper' is a lyrical bombshell and its only downfall is that the production has a tendency to sound flat and mundane by comparison.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is smart, thought-provoking material for the twisted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Favours The Song over ambient abstraction and real-time playing over rejigged samples.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as far out wild as 'Kaleidoscope' but it is a consistently inventive and brilliant record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Will’s work has seldom had a stronger sonic setting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anyone expecting "Revolver" or "Hunky Dory" will soon find their patience sorely tested, though those hoping for a modest collection of whimsical indie melodies, some Beatlesy orchestral flourishes and some cleverly off-kilter rhythms may find much to enjoy in these brief 11 songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is Gold Panda's own record, an album of proper emotional heft that'll be enjoyed with a box of tissues, during tingling comedowns and on more discerning dancefloors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all the moments of heart-stopping splendour, the backing tracks sometimes sound as creaky as a "Prisoner Cell Block H" film set.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Us
    Despite its essentially downbeat lyrical thrust, 'Us' has joy written all over it and repeat-play etched into its grooves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'God Hates Us All' signals a return to the marked aggression of their earlier selves.... The only thing that inhibits this album is its one-dimensional pace, as one too many tracks features grinding verse leading into charging chorus, repeat to fade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like a feral Arcade Fire making whoopee in the Third Republic, The Flying Cup Club is an often magical listen and deserving of a wider audience than it will probably reach.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The monotony that blighted 1997's 'Wu-Tang Forever' and the sluggish complacency of some of the Clan's myriad solo projects in the past three years is notably absent. There's a born-again urgency here, with the RZA reclaiming control of the mixing desk from his disciples and trying out a few new tricks to spike the usual routine of cinematic string stabs and virtuoso raps.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite some great tunes, his high-pitched, duck-on-helium vocals start wearing thin, becoming the detraction, rather than the attraction, of this album. Had it been 15 minutes shorter, The Lady Killer could have been this year's top pop album.
    • 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
    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My Maudlin Career offers soul and sophistication in abundance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A confident and accomplished debut, and a pleasant, agreeable diversion.