Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 3,346 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 R.I.P.
Lowest review score: 0 And Then Boom
Score distribution:
3,346 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here she’s hacked away the art school whimsy, tossed out the crystals and burned the floaty headscarfs, focussing her talents into ten razor sharp songs, some subtle, some vicious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    It's here and it's almost perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s the same pent up aggression and wall of sound production, but Pissed Jeans have taken that blueprint and given it grunt and bite, via Korvette’s insurance-salesman-by day-everymanism and Bradley Fry’s knack for turning guitar sludge into genuine riffs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At times hypnotic and otherworldly, it's a soothing, unsettling and challenging listen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a terrifying, wise album.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intuit is, unfortunately, probably not a high profile enough release to be mentioned in the end-of-year lists nearly as frequently as any of the aforementioned albums. But it’s easily the equal of any of those releases, in terms of its breadth of vision and depth of emotion, and it really establishing Knopf as a supremely talented and truly heartfelt songwriter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album showcases their massive creativity and playfulness and is a fitting testament to the power of pop music to move your heart and head as well as your feet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the often perfect synthesis between lyrical content and production on OB4CLII that makes the album simply sublime.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kings and Queens is a resounding success. Okay, maybe it's a tried and true formula that Jamie T and Ben Bones have created, but their textured, layered songs each have something new to offer upon every listen, and they've mastered the art to near perfection.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Place To Bury Strangers have managed to strike a perfect balance between noise and tune, and as a result created one of 2009's most ingenious records.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tarot Sport doesn’t pause to bang or whimper. Tarot Sport accelerates.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about Beak> is a cohesive, ambitious and thoughtfully-executed murky delight. A godsend of a record in these times of landfill indie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not often you find music that lives and breathes with such conviction that you find itself swept away in the charm of it all. That Do Make Say Think have achieved this lofty standard yet again shouldn’t come as a shock, yet it’s testament to their enduring talent that, at every turn, Other Truths continues to surprise and enthrall in equal measure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from succumbing to the simplicities of a simple mash up record or a standard mixtape, Edan has created a flowing, evolving piece of music as liquid as the basslines he’s so fond of sampling, that has never yet failed to bring a grin to my face.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Having greedily sucked the Tapes blog dry of every note I could find without so much as a by your leave to the chap generous enough to share his creations with a bunch of strangers, I waited for Seek Magic's release tingling like a tuning fork and hoping he wouldn't pull a Big Pink on me. He didn't. Seek Magic is probably my favourite album of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In There is Love in You we see one of the last decade’s most early pioneers reminding us all that he’s still just as important as ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the handful of standout tracks, what makes Hidden unique is the way it flows as a cohesive whole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether these 15 tracks have helped him lay some demons to rest is impossible to say, what’s beyond all doubt however, is that I’m New Here is a seriously good record.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though there’s a paucity of joy to be found among proceedings, other aspects of You Are The One I Pick (even the title’s a barbed double entendre!) actively compensate.
    • 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.