Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,388 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% 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 Blondes
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
3,388 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whereas before in their career the four-piece seemingly tossed myriad elements about with little to no regard for the actual acceptability of the composition at hand, here each and every piece – pieces that truly do flow into one another quite magically – sinks into the listener’s synapses silkily, short-circuiting them through disbelief rather than a simmering intolerance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With giant gyrating reverberated guitars and a grandiose brass section, this is the sound of a rock band attempting the sweeping gallantry of Sibelius or Tchaikovsky and getting away with it. It represents a smugly victorious ending to what is a phenomenally strong and well-polished album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What’s really on display here is a well honed, experienced band flexing their muscles and creating tightly controlled, good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll music (of a rather cerebral variety) on their own terms, free from the weighty plague of fashion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Men’s Needs… is brighter, sharper and just plain better than anything The Cribs have produced to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its mix of Tamil pop, Baltimore beats and, yes, funk carioca Kala succeeds best in pulling genres together to make something both unique and identifiable --a 'hip-hop' record that explores what it means to sing about "hip-hop things."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far more accessible than anything the act have produced in recent years, Liars shifts perceptions in the way most have come to expect, but with the dense conceptual themes and boundaries limited it is as if they have met most listeners halfway only to lure them back into their own sordid comfort zone, littered with the contents of a fifteen-year-old's bedroom.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is so much to go back to, beyond cheap thrills and catchy, yet dimensionless, hooks. An album for the ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whereas the band's 2004 long-player was a studied exercise in melancholic understatement, melded to some mightily addictive pop hooks, this ten-tracker is an immediately gratifying affair that pulls not a single punch in the catchiness stakes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Dice still belong in the DIY basement space but with Load Blown they’ve made their most accessible album yet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shelter from the Ash is another masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What gives this album more depth is the focus, the rolling symmetry and cinema.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wired with a sense of opportunity, these little Caesars continue to play mother's favourite rather than the ostracised gurning recluses they initially cast themselves as.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a wonderfully zealous experience, bristling with realised potential and fulfilled ambition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Look beneath the surface sheen, then, and you'll see gratefully receive This Gift as the best, most complete, Sons And Daughters long-player to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the quality and beauty of The Golden Age can stand confidently beside those two classics ["Everclear & "Mercury"], it stands alone as another distinct chapter in the life of this band, precious to those who know them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is simply wondrous.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beach House have created as profound an invocation of the sacred and the sentimental as you’re ever likely to hear.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s just brilliant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breaking Kayfabe is a record that demands and deserves undivided attention, its creator fashioning a brain-searing patchwork of ragged rap, electronic flourishes and truncated rhythms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s nothing else like this out there that’s as perfectly realised as this, and to draw upon previous, albeit indirect precedents, that leaves only one outcome from this unruly verbiage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There really isn’t anything wrong with this album. It’s just the most amazing sugar rush you’re going to have this year, and is what, at this point in time, sounds strongly like the best debut album by a British indie band since Tigermilk.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is as on disco and early house's dick as much as Britpop was on The Beatles' and The Kinks'.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The achievement of The Seldom Seen Kid is that Elbow manage to be both incredibly consistent and perpetually improving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Promise delivered, divided by expectations frenzied, multiplied by still-evident potential for future releases… equals a Pitchfork-style 8.6.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twenty One revels in fun found in the cobwebbed corners of Alkan’s mix and the nightlifing minds of its lyricists.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here there can be no snobbish derision and calls of 'selling out' or playing to the average man; in creating an album showcasing the very best of the band’s talents they have created one so perfectly fit for, as Scott so vividly puts, “the soft, soft static” of popular radio.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nouns is truly psyched, soaring sound.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    13 Blues… scores 10 in almost every sense, but to award such an accolade would imply this is a record never to be bettered.