Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 4,268 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
Highest review score: 100 Sorrow: Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
4268 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most illuminating facets of The Cutting Edge is what an unequivocal testament it is, both to the layered ingenuity of the session musicians and Dylan’s self-ordained composing pursuits.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In this latest instalment in the Late Night series, Holmes seems to have scored an origin story of sorts, in inimitable fashion, snatches of places and time woven among some breath-taking selections, passing through the present moment as observed with an eagle eye, before being let to peace until called upon again. 


    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sound System really is the definitive article, and with Christmas on the horizon, is sure to feature high on several wishlists.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s spellbinding.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her voice sounds so goddamn fresh, spontaneous, uncompromised. There's an intensely visceral quality to these performances that is so utterly compelling.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an important--a very important--piece of work that will stand the test of time. It’s also an utter blast to listen to and live with.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although this is a fantastic looking package, it really doesn't strike me as a particularly essential addition to the Smashing Pumpkins canon.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a glorious mess of contradictions, and what could say 'Manic Street Preachers' more than that?
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The social context of this album is not necessarily crucial to its enjoyment; you can just as easily take it all at face value, as a gorgeously woven soul record that will doubtless be able to shift shape to suit all manner of listening environments. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter which angle you take with Black Messiah. It’s a masterpiece from all of them.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Here's a band skipping from one musical fragment to the next with the reckless abandon of youth, trying out ideas, finding their strengths.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Definitely Maybe: Chasing the Sun provides a timely reminder why he [Liam Gallagher] and his former band are still held with such high regard.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s exhausting. And while collecting and devouring his albums is probably a more satisfying journey, to be delivered this trove of Fifties big band funk and perverted doo-wop, and to see it spiral out into interstellar space-jams in a stop-motion fashion is a huge thrill. Singles provides the first real opportunity for an audience to hear how Sun Ra became Sun Ra.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whatever one makes of the songs presented here, at least we should all be able to agree that another addition to Cave’s legendary, beyond comparison catalogue is in itself enough of a reason to feel very satisfied.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Keep your sense of perspective and remember that The Promise really is an offcuts record, and you'll find it's a staggeringly good one.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall it's about as perfect as introduction to the band as you're likely to get, and perhaps a timely chance to give the Archers an opportunity to climb back into the upper echelons of your record collection.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The momentum and joie de vivre is intoxicating, and unlike many a transitional record, it's a genuine hoot, an unexpected blast of sunshine between the darkness of Fables… and the fires of Document.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So it’s good, but given the large amount of quality Nirvana concert stuff out there, does Live At Reading really have much by way of USP? Probably, yeah, if only because it's the band's sole full electric gig commercially available.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Achtung Baby is worth the admission fee alone and ultimately a must-have addition to anyone's music collection.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A bittersweet symphony that remains unparalleled.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musically it’s the first half of the album that shows us a new side of Beyoncé, one that thrives in dark atmospheres and minimalism in a way her music never did before.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Individually as good as much of BTC, the bonus material is almost as listenable as the album itself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Want It Darker is a succinct journey into the psyche of a man who knows his career is at an end, but that isn’t going to stop him going out on a high.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyond genre lines, racial lines, sexuality lines, any lines you can think of, it's that all-too-rare gem: a universal story you'll come back to long after the hype's been and gone.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a flawed album that’s at times unbelievable, at times unbelievably bad but for those interested in investigating the moment Elton John became the legend he sought to be this is a thorough and generous offering.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can name me just one rapper that made a more complete record in 2003 than either of these two Southern boys' efforts, I’ll call you a liar.