Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 4,048 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
4048 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On One-Armed Bandit they’ve mutated into an even stranger beast; a chimera constructed of parts from wildly different musics that somehow work as a whole and which should only really exist in the most fevered imaginations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Noise manages to navigate the tightrope of expectation and creative vision with aplomb. It’s rich and meaty, the kind of album you can really get to know over a long period of time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a stunning and ambitious piece of work; one for the ages.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Broken Bells such a compelling body of work is undeniably the result of the broad range of sounds that fill its palette. Although there are instances whereby each of the two conspirators come to the forefront, at no point does this sound like a Shins record with beats or a hip hop record with guitars.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Monitor, then, is a boisterous, eloquent argument that rock music need not be dumb in order to be enjoyable, moreover, that we should be questioning and analysing our heritage rather than precariously stumbling onwards. But mostly, it's just a stupendous collection of songs; one that demands to be listened to as loudly as you can possibly get away with.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What is different, however, is the focus the band have found. In the past, there's been an unfortunate tendency to take songs a chorus too far, but that doesn't appear to be an issue any more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In other words, it’s exactly what a Pavement retrospective should be - a heavily slanted, palpably enchanted slab of richly flawed anarcho-pop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We can speculate as to how their ethos and focus was developed from time spent in the company of other imaginative musicians – it could well be essential to their consistent evolution – but the evidence on Peepers leaves no doubt as to how successful this union of education and expression is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Speak Because I Can is an album of elegance and brilliance. Marling has developed from her debut, and her voice has grown both physically and lyrically.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diehard fans needn’t worry that Autechre have diluted themselves in that respect, for Oversteps is still a challenging listen, and one which reveals endless layers of new detail with each spin. But it’s also their most instantly rewarding – and arguably best--album to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Go
    What's really satisfying about Go is the way the soaring architecture of symphonic hipster du jour Nico Muhly's compositional work looms just as large on the more effervescent numbers as it does in these quieter spots - it really drawing everything together into a wonderfully coherent whole, despite the record's ever-shifting tides and Birgisson's violently affecting knack for distilling every emotion known to humanity into a single echoing chord change.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Come Down With Me has solidified the band as their own entity; it has forged all of the disparate pieces of the past into something evergreen. There is no inclination to pander to any preconceptions of yore and this has now, undoubtedly, made Errors the force they always threatened to be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Erykah might have mellowed out, but the lessons from last time round have been learnt, rethought and reapplied. This is a record that confidently stands alone as brilliant, yet remains an equally perfect companion to a modern classic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tommy sounds like it has been carefully scored, but chances are Dosh created all this in his head. There are so many perfect moments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His music really is art for the ears, with hues, colours, textures and aural brush strokes dripping with vibrancy and imagination.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately Thing is an album that exceeds expectations, not to mention revealing new trajectories with every subsequent listen. Whether a heavy indulger or casual fan of electronically based music, it's hard to envisage a better record than Thing emerging from any of its sub-genres this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that Smith rarely untangles The Fall from the cryptic absurdist approach that has become his stock-in-trade, to head toward this type of profoundly personal material, only makes it that more affecting when he actually does deviate from his path most traveled.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An easy grandeur is present throughout, as is a sense they are following an increasingly individual, carefully textured path. It is a wild, vivid romance that The National make their own, and on High Violet it sounds just as striking, just as wild, just as vivid as ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Erickson provided the 'text', Sheff had to present it with the right level of reverence, being careful to highlight, and not undermine, this record of struggle and redemption.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stripping away all of the surrounding noise, it allows Krauss to bring her dizzyingly sweet voice to the fore, showing that Sleigh Bells are not just a one trick pony and that these songs work on more than just the basis that they are great at shaking windows.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In four minutes of this record there are two tracks that together have more melodies, more moments of joy, than most bands will manage this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bluntly, if you consider yourself in any way interested in rock music and don't already own this album, you're doing yourself a rather large disservice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the title suggests, it's a record which marks a transition for The Roots but which, like the America it addresses, is still aware of the burden of the recent past.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a record which brilliantly lives up to and even exceeds all the hype, mystique and hyperbole that has surrounding it since it's inception, and it's essential for anyone with even a fleeting interest in rap music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's more than a return to form for SSLYBY--it's potentially their finest hour.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is heartening and not a little bittersweet to be reminded how Weezer once made sad, twisted, broken-sounding songs like these, and they made them work, and they made our CD player work, and they weren't a bit shit, and we loved them.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He's had it rough (or as rough as can be for one with his level of talent and success anyway), but once again he's managed to take his adversity and turn it into perhaps the album of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tron: Legacy is a remarkable reminder of how electronic music can equal the emotional nuance and resonance of any ballad, torch song or symphonic pop track.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction is yet more proof that Earth were, and indeed still are, vitally different to so much of what's come before them, after them and even surrounded them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a band still very much in its infancy, Sports is an astonishing body of work far beyond any kind of expectation you'd put at its creators' feet.