Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,227 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Blood Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
3,227 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.
    • 89 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of forbidden affairs, illicit sex with strangers in bars, drunken confessions, of real life. And it feels fantastic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the highlights of their career.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hands down, ‘Pawn Shoppe Heart’ is the record to blow their contemporaries out of the water.
    • 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?