Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,844 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
Score distribution:
3844 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through the Windowpane maximizes and intensifies every moment, every muttered word and every touch of emotion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Avatar may not be as intense or as out-of-loop as expected, but its otherworldy mix of prog-rock and freeform more than lives up to the expectations formed in the wake of 2004's Blue Cathedral.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intelligent indie-rockers, look nor listen no further for your possible album of the year.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Crimes refined, sculpted so that its edges aren’t as jagged as many sound-clashes past have proved to be; it exhibits managed eccentricity enough to stoke the furnaces of intelligent, demand-more punks worldwide.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is, in a word, magnificent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve even the slightest interest in ‘heavy’ music, you simply must make Saturday Night Wrist an integral part of your record collection.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Beatific Visions is one of the most enthralling, deceiving and delightful albums of recent times.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songs for Christmas is beautiful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over twenty years later their music continues to connect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It fits and works together perfectly despite the fact that the songs showcase the development of a thirteen-year career.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Oh, Inverted World and Chutes Too Narrow were like ADHD-riddled cousins, unable to inhabit their own thoughts for longer than a few seconds at a time, then Wincing The Night Away is the Ritalin-gorged riposte. Its bounce is more bleary-eyed; its euphoric bouts tempered by a weird, waking-dream sensation that some dark presence is stalking the peripheries of its foggy vision.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Weekend In The City is the aural adaptation, a digital manifestation, of what it’s like to be a twenty-something in Britain, today. It’s dirty, dishevelled, unsure and paranoid; fearful, easily distracted, boisterous and ashamed; reckless, wild, nervous and terrified; graceful, thought-provoking, clumsy and contradictory. And it’s very nearly perfect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their best yet: it’s multi-faceted like no release before it (from the band’s catalogue), and each and every nuance is super funky.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't a rave record. It was never supposed to be. It's a wildly varying catalogue of melody and energy that eschews genre and scene in favour of songwriting and awe-inspiringly beefy production.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine The Mars Volta's swollen red super-giant bursting beyond the constraints of mass and time and finally contracting to an all encompassing black-hole, sucking in Lightning Bolt’s heaviest riffs and The Boredoms’ most intense drum work after hurtling them to ‘n’ fro against all manner of cosmic debris.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here, Aereogramme have created something more than deserving of all the praise lavished upon it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an intellectual jaunt that reveals the beauty of pop music, both musically and lyrically.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That music so majestically restrained in pace can make your heart beat so quickly is a testament to The Besnard Lakes’ focus and ability to coat each millisecond of track time with an utterly captivating sound without ever becoming clogged up with their myriad ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a wonderful, intoxicatingly special album that deserves to be cherished, and played and played.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s all masterful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copia is the sound of Cooper surpassing himself, combining his patented minimalist drones with beautifully rendered piano.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    This is the next record you have to buy. Absolutely. Unequivocally.