Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,365 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 The Angels Of Light Sing 'Other People'
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
3,365 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where YFIIP meticulously arranged the collective of instrumentation for precision, like a ballet, this self-titled album throws everything into a blender, almost completely overwhelming the pretty melodies underneath - but not quite.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Animal Collective have made the album I hoped they’d make, and even that it’s autumn and summer’s over.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s full of the minute anxieties of life that keep you awake in the early hours, but set to some of the most life-affirming sounds you’ll have heard for a long time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At times they near the hybrid jazz of The Mars Volta or even the plentiful jam bands that can be found on the boulevards of certain Eastern European shores, but Tortoise's effortless ingenuity and Prince Billy's sensuous and aged voice raise it to a much higher plane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounding somehow perfectly modern yet refreshingly and celebratory retro, The Life Pursuit is Belle And Sebastian at their freest, delightfully spilling over with great ideas and perfect pop know-how.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With their third album, Liars have succeeded in creating the near-impossible; a conceptual work that speaks to the emotions and the intellect simultaneously.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That it’s a certainty for inclusion in critical end-of-year top tens is a given.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It sees Mono edge closer still to the classical spectrum, incorporating strings to great effect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bypassing traditional melodies and obvious aesthetics, Mystery Jets have arrived at an unusually original pop album of the most exuberant order.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Dulli’s working from his usual palette of muddy grooves, guitar-scree and leering swagger, the new album sounds more urgent and lucid in intention than its predecessors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Asobi Seksu are a band possessing talent and ability far beyond their years and with Citrus they have fully realised their potential in a particularly short time. It is difficult to see how they will be able to better this sophomore release, but you wouldn't bet against them having a few trump cards left up their collective sleeves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Precocious, other-worldly and vividly ambitious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By marrying the subtle ethereality of bands like MBV with the swashbuckling pomp of a modern-day Iggy, they are a band at once single-minded and confused.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The work of three individuals arriving at the peak of their powers, it’s likely to be the band’s OK Computer, their Music For The Jilted Generation, their Dark Side Of The Moon – the record that everything they produce subsequently is immediately unfairly rated against, ‘til time’s own sands sit still.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Return To Cookie Mountain is a party soundtrack for a fucked-up generation and an opus that inhabits the midpoint between the scarcely conjoining circles of eclecticism and enjoyability whilst maintaining consistency throughout.