Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 4,457 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Tyranny
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
4457 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no way he sounds 19.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's astounding that AB can reel off so many downright enjoyable songs that it almost hurts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an album Candela has everything: it's energetic and adventurous but these adjectives are synonymous with Mice Parade’s constant journeying through music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Form and function crystallize together here, and man does it feel so right.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an organic, homegrown creation that sounds as though it's had a lot of time and love invested in it; lend an inquisitive ear and find yourself instantly besotted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though by no means as manic as previous Deerhoof long-players, this is a intriguing record which stands up next to the bewildering excellence of Runners Four.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kveikur is as melodic and, in places, as fragile as anything the band have released before.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Representing UK production at its best, SBTRKT's self-titled album is playful yet gritty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His work until now can only be seen as preparing the ground for this body of work, an album so satisfying, accomplished and beautiful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s more immediate, more instantly gratifying and more technically proficient, but there are also dark, difficult corners which hint at hidden terror.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These songs are timeless. These songs are addictive. These songs are great. Why can't every album be like this?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mumps, etc. simultaneously feels like a fresh start and consolidation for the band; it encapsulates what makes them so unique while subtly expanding and pushing forward their sound, and as such must be viewed a real triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is a testament to its creators’ endurance. It has also resulted in an absolute creative peak.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is arresting, but not desperate for your attention like an invalid. Coming down or getting up, Coracle will do the trick.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prisoner isn’t a heartbreak record--it’s potentially the heartbreak record, for my generation at least. Turns out sadness really is quite the currency.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not since Mansun's "Six" have I heard an album twist its songs into a musical Lombard Street--and I can already picture the audience screaming its approval in the break--before a wall of static and synthesizers takes us home. And home is a little nicer place to be after taking a ride on Spirit If...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole thing is put together with such love that nothing ever feels like a burden, nor an obligation. First and foremost, this is an LP which can be enjoyed by anyone. You don’t need to know the album’s backstory to be swayed by its charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Album two may see an outline of refinement established, but for now their doldrums meanderings are more exhilarating than many acts’ most-accomplished must-haves, making this a two-from-two contender for a top-ten year-end finish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plumb is a good bet for the end of year polls already.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a modern masterpiece, it's as simple as that.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Divorced from the accompanying visuals, the exercise proves less engaging overall. In context, however, it is legitimately hypnotic and soothing, as if Bob Ross was reincarnated with woodwork on the brain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This emotive disc balances a hushed intimacy and vast expanse that places it in a unique sonic terrain.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Achtung Baby is worth the admission fee alone and ultimately a must-have addition to anyone's music collection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sour Soul is sublime. Rather than standing around starstruck, BBNG have more than proven their worth as Ghostface’s backing band.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking[ly] experimental.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Piramida is undoubtedly the band's most immediate work to date and it might be strange to be writing it, but nearly each and every track would work standing on its own.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wracked with doubt, contradiction and existential despair, Mama, I’m Swollen strikes out as a weighty, superbly realised endeavour which, for all its oppressive nature, is as eminently listenable and brave an album as any the band have produced.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the interpretation of a human voice that elevates this record beyond a curious obscurist record and makes the simmering (but never boiling over) electronica truly shimmer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is an often crushingly heavy masterpiece that has true meaning with or without the music. It’s a rare thing these days but Porcupine Tree seem able to do it time and again. This album is no exception.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is pretty in its sonic gloominess and witty in the way that it wears its anxieties on its sleeve, but what makes it special is the way that all of that is grounded by the sturdiest of anchors--the quiet optimism that friendship inspires.