Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,250 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 Absolution
Lowest review score: 0 And Then Boom
Score distribution:
3,250 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    The 'odds and ends' packaged at the end of disc one feel like Jay Farrar’s discarded solo off-cuts, although disc two’s collection of demos is an intriguing listen; the ten tracks from the Not Forever, Just For Now tapes being what persuaded Rockville (then Giant) to sign them in the first place.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps one of the greatest, and certainly most underappreciated, post-hardcore rock groups of all time.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Encompassing chamber pop melodies, angular art-rock, lavish orchestration and post-punk vocals, its sheer sonic size and ambition goes some way towards justifying the amount of gushing praise that's been heaped upon this album since its September release on Merge last year. The fact that the music is so paradoxically life-affirming and euphoric makes it much easier to write, what now feel like, trite hyperboles.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cumulative effect--somewhere around being lifted into the heavens by sunrays--is at odds with the continuous black clouds that come before. Yet it’s a necessary chink of light to conclude a journey so oppressive you may just forget to breathe through its duration.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a crisp, clear makeover that gives the record a greater definition and focus without piling on the polish, tightening it but toughening it too.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What gives this album more depth is the focus, the rolling symmetry and cinema.