Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,614 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 From Kinshasa
Lowest review score: 0 And Then Boom
Score distribution:
3,614 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever all this means, Dragonslayer is an album to get your teeth into. As on the final chorus, it's: "a bigger kind of kill". You need this.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The focus is all in forcing just a tiny a glimpse of the endless vastness of life outside of our species. Plonk yourself down, and wait for it to wallop you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An Introduction to Elliott Smith constitutes a worthy glimpse and gateway into a discography that has enchanted so many over the years. There are 14 songs here; 14 finer you'll seldom hear.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In shedding his layers of pain, Pearson reveals his heart: broken and bloodied, but still beating, still fighting. We share and revere in his redemption, rarely has something so physically fragile sounded so mighty in its emotional resonance. A truly magnificent record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    True Widow have laid down an album so strong that I can't see anything usurping it as album of the year for me (or anyone else who gives it a few listens). And at the end of April, that's a mighty bold claim. But the glove is on the floor now, and everyone else will simply have to step up or cower away and hide.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arguably the most influential rock album ever recorded... everyone that matters – and many who don't – between Bowie and Radiohead cites it as an influence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is bliss, it's that simple.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To call it album of the year at this stage wouldn't so much be pre-emption as an actual understatement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Money Store thrills like no other set heard this year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A bittersweet symphony that remains unparalleled.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album is the real star here, sounding as fresh, vital and universally accessible as ever 25 years down the line.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Seer is the culmination of Gira's 30-year-journey; his finest two hours, if you will.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The xx lay out all of their pieces beautifully. There are no extraneous parts. Not a second that they didn't intend. As a result, songs like 'Tides' or 'Chained' unfold as naturally as a ripple of wind.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pearl Mystic just happens to be one of those records that embodies perfection.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a crisp, clear makeover that gives the record a greater definition and focus without piling on the polish, tightening it but toughening it too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A two-hour odyssey of similar proportions to The Seer, this is an album that emphasises rather than establishes Swans' reconfirmed position at the top of the experimental rock tree, but that doesn’t make it any less of a thrill.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Syro sees a master craftsman return with renewed inspiration. And while it might not technically be James' most innovative album, it way well be his best: his most complete and engaging under the guise of Aphex Twin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It might just be one of those rare treasures which keep us reluctantly, unstoppably, coming back again and again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is what separates indie music from the contemporary mainstream: an actual album, a 40-minute body of work with a sense of cohesiveness that isn’t designed to be broken down into Spotify playlists or end-of-year 'best of 2014' mixtapes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an important--a very important--piece of work that will stand the test of time. It’s also an utter blast to listen to and live with.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With their debut Mbongwana Star have made a really classic record for the ages, and what’s more, one that could shape a whole lot of music to come.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The record sounds like a seamless amalgamation of the three Hole eras (punk, grunge and rock), with Dalle’s ska roots almost entirely supplanted in favour of a grungier muse.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s got something for everyone, providing everyone is at least a little fucked in the head.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Talkie Walkie is a startling and beautiful record, as curious and timeless as Moon Safari and as intelligent and listenable as any of the year’s best records.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ‘Probot’ is the full length dream of a teenage metalhead.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The LP as a whole is a remarkable collection of ideas, which manages to be overwhelmingly creative, but intrinsically listenable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Defeatist it may be, but such genius is very rarely recognised in a band’s lifetime. So be it – because there genuinely is no verbal persuasion that could exceed a single listen to America’s most underrated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the current renaissance of the one-man band genre, it's pleasing to see that we now have a modern-day figurehead worthy of rock’s glorious past.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The unashamed enthusiasm and fun in 'Elephunk' makes BEP the true heirs to the legendary De La Soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s enough continental plate-shifting histrionics to keep any unsatisfied Godspeed! fans amused.