Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 4,433 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: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Seer
Lowest review score: 0 BE
Score distribution:
4433 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It seems they’ve not only gone and made that sensible and mature fifth album that every band past their sell-by date inflicts on their effervescently loyal fans, they’ve actually made a record that would be more appropriate in an old folks’ home than your local indie niterie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Formula is strictly adhered to, and while pace may differ from one jolly strum-about to the next, the void where there should be a worthwhile tune remains.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    But most of all, these songs really blow, man. Way to top-load it with three half-decent tracks at the start.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Devoid of inspiration, lacking in any edge, this is pathetic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This aggressive tone is a constant throughout and pretty much breaks new boundaries in sounding absolutely ridiculous.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In the end, Hymns is quite a listless journey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The bulk of the problems lies with the performance itself, and the material chosen.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A voice like Maguire's deserves infinitely better than the calculated dross on display here.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    He is annoying, simple as; his repeated ego-stroking irritates like a mosquito bite on an already sunburned forearm – it only adds to the pain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Big Mess is hardly much more than ten stabs at reclaiming a relevancy that was only marginally theirs to begin with.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I only wish that they had given us something with a little more substance rather than the bland mess we’ve been left with.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Rapture have kept all the ingredients from their previous successes, but they have forgot to ignite the oven.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s a confused effort, with the songwriting faults, misguided lyrics, and the foolish sidelining of Cage the Elephant's greatest weapon (Schultz’s voice) torpedoing the vast majority of tracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s crushingly disappointing from a band that can sound so much better.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not everything on By Default is misogynistic, mind, it’s just that when the lyrics aren’t threatening or creepy, they make [any] sense.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In many ways it's a hip joke of an album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In trying to be all things to all fans, all critics, all expectations, all click-bait corners, Harry Styles has failed to make a defining statement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Diving Board feels like an album made by somebody who’s spent the last few years performing the same set list night after night in Vegas.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In all of this, it's not that any one song is outright horrific (okay, 'Pink Lemonade' is pretty unbearable), more that the entire experience is a chore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The sad thing is that while nobody expects Kaiser Chiefs to be re-inventing the wheel, we do expect a pretty rock-solid, perfect pop record. Yours Truly, Angry Mob most definitely isn't rock solid or perfect in any sense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's completely inessential at best, or a cynical cash-grab at worst.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the genre oversaturated beyond belief, bands need to produce something special and original to stand out from the crowd. Radio 4 fail to do that.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There really is nothing of great merit to this album.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    He has made the most anodyne and bland pop album possible.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not only are these not the greatest songs in the world, they're not even a tribute to them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If this is peroxide, it’s a heavily diluted solution; there’s certainly nothing caustic here, and scant evidence to suggest, as she protests to be the case on the title track, that there’s anything burning in her heart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Lyrically, the album only deteriorates into further embarrassment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's at the safest of removes; emote by rote, numbness by numbers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Bland and instantly forgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sure this album may well sound awesome if you’ve just snorted a metre of charlie or recently breakfasted from a menu of ‘shrooms and LSD, but for sober ears it’s enough to drive anyone to drugs.