Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,616 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 Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003
Lowest review score: 0 And Then Boom
Score distribution:
3,616 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
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    If you only buy one album this year, make it Finelines.
    • 72 Metascore
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    A truly elemental opus.
    • 77 Metascore
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    ‘Nurse’ is the closest to creating a landmark on parallel with ‘Daydream Nation’ they’ve come since that particular record's nameday in ‘88, and in it’s dense textures it maybe signals the extinction of the antediluvian No Wave idyll; a Robert Zimmerman trip that somehow got mixed up with Joni Mitchell, Black Flag and a conceptualist oddball.
    • 82 Metascore
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    You won’t hear a more exhilarating, dizzying record for a long time to come.
    • 81 Metascore
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    The opening half of 'Penance...' alone blows every so-called rock act polluting our airwaves clean away, such is the savage malevolence that resonates within every single syllable that spouts from Joe Cardamone's mouthful of poison.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Banhart is a complete antidote to all the consumer focus groups or hit-writers, too scared to tamper with the formula. He has stumbled upon a personal Eureka that says there're no laws governing what can be written about in song except self-imposed ones and he's taken that to his heart, and in Technicolor.
    • 82 Metascore
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    'Mercury' from 1993 is widely regarded as AMC's finest moment, albeit their flawed masterpiece. This new album is right up there with it, and 1990's 'Everclear', too.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It's the (insert made-up genre here, including the word 'progressive' and/or suffix '-core') album of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Stunning and dizzying, Sung Tongs’ strangeness will spin around your head for months to come.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Encompassing chamber pop melodies, angular art-rock, lavish orchestration and post-punk vocals, its sheer sonic size and ambition goes some way towards justifying the amount of gushing praise that's been heaped upon this album since its September release on Merge last year. The fact that the music is so paradoxically life-affirming and euphoric makes it much easier to write, what now feel like, trite hyperboles.
    • 75 Metascore
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    One of the most assured, unashamedly danceable albums that we’ve heard for quite a while.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The new album, Relationship of Command, is one of the most amazing collections of music I have ever heard.
    • 97 Metascore
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    It’s spellbinding.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It’s the closeness and the honesty which makes ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’ a thing of awe.
    • 88 Metascore
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    I Am A Bird Now is a beautiful, emotive, glorious, and sometimes sinister album that will top many a critic's list come the end-of-year polls, and justifiably so.
    • 79 Metascore
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    This is ageless music, and utterly, one hundred per cent essential.
    • 75 Metascore
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    It's practically a compulsory purchase.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's an absolute must-buy release.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It is utterly engaging, totally absorbing and, well, absolutely essential.
    • 80 Metascore
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    A work of formidable and pristine beauty.
    • 74 Metascore
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    It's an exceptionally accomplished piece of work that should place Matchbook Romance at the forefront of the cutting edge, POST-emo scene.
    • 74 Metascore
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    This is one of the most rich and accomplished albums of recent times. Essential.
    • 82 Metascore
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    If you’ve any interest, whatsoever, in rock music in any of its subgenre forms, you need to afford Blood Mountain some considerable attention.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Where Subtle use many words to convey many things, I will use one: perfection.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Ys
    It’s a vivid and beautiful painting that you can walk into; a magic window into another world that I'd be happy to get lost in, and never come back.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It’s unpredictable, ridiculously clever, catchy as hell and as perfect a pop album as you’re ever likely to hear.
    • 79 Metascore
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    'Cuckoo Cuckoo' is another moment in which Animal Collective reach a new level of compositional mastery and broaden their territory.
    • 71 Metascore
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    With his debut record Jamie T has--whether he meant to or not-- sound-tracked perfectly the condition of being, as described in Michael Bracewell's book "England Is Mine," today's ‘suburban dandy.'
    • 77 Metascore
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    Seriously: this is one of 2007’s finest LPs, no question.
    • 88 Metascore
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    For anyone interested in music that works both as art and an intensely new exciting experience--this is easily the best album that has come out this year.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    This is bliss, it's that simple.
    • 81 Metascore
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    To call it album of the year at this stage wouldn't so much be pre-emption as an actual understatement.
    • 81 Metascore
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    The Money Store thrills like no other set heard this year.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A bittersweet symphony that remains unparalleled.
    • 98 Metascore
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    The album is the real star here, sounding as fresh, vital and universally accessible as ever 25 years down the line.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The Seer is the culmination of Gira's 30-year-journey; his finest two hours, if you will.
    • 79 Metascore
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    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
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    Pearl Mystic just happens to be one of those records that embodies perfection.
    • 90 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    It might just be one of those rare treasures which keep us reluctantly, unstoppably, coming back again and again.
    • 80 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    It’s got something for everyone, providing everyone is at least a little fucked in the head.
    • 75 Metascore
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    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
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    ‘Probot’ is the full length dream of a teenage metalhead.
    • 68 Metascore
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    The LP as a whole is a remarkable collection of ideas, which manages to be overwhelmingly creative, but intrinsically listenable.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    The unashamed enthusiasm and fun in 'Elephunk' makes BEP the true heirs to the legendary De La Soul.
    • 86 Metascore
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    There’s enough continental plate-shifting histrionics to keep any unsatisfied Godspeed! fans amused.
    • 78 Metascore
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    It’s the sound of forbidden affairs, illicit sex with strangers in bars, drunken confessions, of real life. And it feels fantastic.
    • 84 Metascore
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    An album that is both abundant in depth and variety, as well as in terrifying walls of noise and gaping chasms of silence.
    • 73 Metascore
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    One of the highlights of their career.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Hands down, ‘Pawn Shoppe Heart’ is the record to blow their contemporaries out of the water.
    • 80 Metascore
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    These songs are timeless. These songs are addictive. These songs are great. Why can't every album be like this?
    • 77 Metascore
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    An adrenaline-fueled head-rush of precision-perfect pop tunes about modern life.
    • 59 Metascore
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    'America's Sweetheart' is still more 'Celebrity Skin' than anything.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The mood is buoyant, the instrumentation is varied and the childlike naivety runs rampant throughout.
    • 73 Metascore
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    She writes beats and creates streetwise slithery DogPop with b-lines and brawn and occasionally shows us that wide-open vulnerability is as vital and visceral as virulent heartsteppin’ sin-sharing.
    • 88 Metascore
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    While the first offering holds a quite tangible anger and general gloom within, 'The Lyre of Orpheus is a much more mellow affair, contemplating existentialism and the like.
    • 91 Metascore
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    If you can name me just one rapper that made a more complete record in 2003 than either of these two Southern boys' efforts, I’ll call you a liar.
    • 78 Metascore
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    ‘The Wolf’ demonstrates it is still essential for a rebel rock n roll record to compel you to punch the air as if Motley Crue were making a comeback, Vince Neill and all.
    • 79 Metascore
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    TVOTR splurge slabs of strange sound into almost freeform structures that draw on jazz sensibilities, alt-rock peculiarities and the whole NYC infatuation with cool.
    • 86 Metascore
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    A wonderful surprise.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Her voice sounds so goddamn fresh, spontaneous, uncompromised. There's an intensely visceral quality to these performances that is so utterly compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
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    A very special record, indeed.
    • 72 Metascore
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    It’s all over the place, yet perfectly fresh and maligned.
    • 78 Metascore
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    'Stellastarr*' is a rare beast; one that takes from its peers and gives back something fresh, imaginative and breathlessly great.
    • 80 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Simply another shimmering LP from a truly original band.
    • 68 Metascore
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    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
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    Do yourself a favour and eschew fashion for something with real substance: Outside Closer is an album of the year, fact.
    • 78 Metascore
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    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
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    My album of the year - whatever year it is.
    • 72 Metascore
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    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
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    Set Yourself On Fire could become your favourite record, and Stars should justifiably be many people's favourite band.
    • 79 Metascore
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    There’s no way he sounds 19.
    • 83 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Skull-crushingly heavy, but not without a heart, 'The Woods' is definitely Sleater-Kinney’s finest (and loudest) hour to date.
    • 83 Metascore
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    It's astounding that AB can reel off so many downright enjoyable songs that it almost hurts.
    • 75 Metascore
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    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.