Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 4,268 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 I'm Not Well
Lowest review score: 0 And Then Boom
Score distribution:
4268 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Stellastarr*' is a rare beast; one that takes from its peers and gives back something fresh, imaginative and breathlessly great.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Interpol have produced a soaring, inventive album that, while incorporating the deliciously dark atmosphere of ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, merely uses it as a base to create more ambitious, warmer soundscapes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has the same majesty and ethereal wonder contained in the best works of the Flaming Lips, Boo Radleys, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and Mercury Rev.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album that can (and I think will) transcend musical taste and age range... 'Lifeblood' may well live forever as one of the best commercial albums of the bands career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply another shimmering LP from a truly original band.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Coachwhips bigger than the rock n'roll n'amphetamines and extreme petting that inevitably gets etched on them is sheer, dirty, bone-corroding, untamed noise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favour and eschew fashion for something with real substance: Outside Closer is an album of the year, fact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His talents seemingly know no bounds, and A Healthy Distrust is as close as he’s come to fully realising such a dominating on-stage character on a recorded format.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My album of the year - whatever year it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the radio-friendly oompa of ‘The Last Broadcast’ has been cut back, and the new record bears more resemblance to their debut ‘Lost Souls’ in its ashen-faced detachment and bloodied-yet-unbowed pride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Set Yourself On Fire could become your favourite record, and Stars should justifiably be many people's favourite band.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no way he sounds 19.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a beautiful result that, through the austere and effortlessly enchanting tunes, leaves you feeling the emotion infinitely more than any self-professed ‘emo’ might.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s what Bright Eyes coulda done if he put the songs off I’m Wide Awake onto the canvas of Digital Ash.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Silent Alarm's not 100% filler-free - the forgettable 'So Here We Are' could have slipped out the back with little protest - but the autonomy, creativity and sheer, elastic beauty that spans this debut more than justifies the rapidly accelerating hype that Bloc Party are currently generating.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hurrah for all those who delight in confounding expectations, especially when the results are this unexpectedly, paradoxically delightful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If... you’re already a fan, this is definitely worth a listen, not only for the interest value, but for the multiple songs which are simply brilliant Bad Seeds moments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Inevitably, critics will place Devils & Dust in a trio with Springsteen's other quiet albums Nebraska and The Ghost Of Tom Joad, but be aware that there’s significantly more production polish on Devils & Dust, as well as a wider palette of moods.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Individual instruments are easier to identify, and NIN now sound like more of an organic unit that's augmented by machines and electronics, rather than driven by them. It also contains some of the most accessible and light-hearted numbers that Reznor's produced in his career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bright Like Neon Love feels like the record The Human League could have made if they’d remade Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours in 1985. It’s like the soundtrack to the best party you’ve never been too, but always wish you had.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skull-crushingly heavy, but not without a heart, 'The Woods' is definitely Sleater-Kinney’s finest (and loudest) hour to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's astounding that AB can reel off so many downright enjoyable songs that it almost hurts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A magnificent album where every verse fills you with excitement for the next chorus, where wide-scoping fields of sound work in unison to stage the perfect pop-rock riot and where every meticulously crafted melody comes back to haunt you when you least expect it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a document of the way Belle And Sebastian have grown up in public to the sturdy staple of indie pop they now represent on a global scale, 'Push Barman...' is an essential collection of work that simply cements their status as one of the most inspirational musical collectives to have embraced punk's D.I.Y ethic since the late 1970s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that will endure beyond this year, this decade and the rest.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a faithful and staggering tribute to a state executed with passion and originality, and it's one of the finest records you'll hear this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking[ly] experimental.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s how Interpol would sound like if they dealt with universal themes and reflection rather than singing about fellatio fantasies with Stella, or their length of loves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Capture/Release' may not be the jolliest record in the world, but perversely, it’s damn good fun and a heck of a lot more.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So euphoric are the multiple highlights here that one can overlook the occasional dalliance with silliness.