Drowned In Sound's Scores

  • Music
For 4,431 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 Silent Shout
Lowest review score: 0 And Then Boom
Score distribution:
4431 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great magic of this record is that while acclimatisation to Zombyland is taking place, there's so much depth to explore, be it the bizarrely effective tonal shifts, the diversity of musical style, the sense of simplicity that, no doubt, veils immense complexity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's so proud to be pop and hopefully this'll make others realise it's never a guilty pleasure to enjoy songs that make you happy; songs that make you wanna dance your ass off and songs that perfectly fit the criteria for pretending to be in a music video.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of Jesu will enjoy the boisterousness of some arrangements here, the incessant crushing of the listener’s resistance.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As we approach the centre, the violent and promiscuous impulses usually reserved for men bubble into view, reclaimed firmly in terms that Trent Reznor only wishes he could convey again. Caught undertow in this wreckage, you might mistake such a layout for entropy; step back, however, and the boarders and subdivisions wrought by EMA’s hand become clear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Severant's biggest strength is its optimism--very few of the tracks here fall into introspection, with nearly all of them boasting a crystal ball looked into by the meanest of hawk-eyes.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It sees Mono edge closer still to the classical spectrum, incorporating strings to great effect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is Merriweather Post Pavilion the flawless album that it's been willed to be? Taken as a whole I'd say it's pretty damn close.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A magnificent album where every verse fills you with excitement for the next chorus, where wide-scoping fields of sound work in unison to stage the perfect pop-rock riot and where every meticulously crafted melody comes back to haunt you when you least expect it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heaven takes another firm and measured stride forward in what is rapidly becoming a celebratory jog towards brilliance: a re-affirmation of what heart, skill, craft and guile can birth given time and experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burst Apart deserves all the plaudits that can be thrown at it; albums are rarely as unashamedly, gut-wrenchingly, genuinely emotional as this.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They may have churned their sound into something new, but their heart and their character is still very much in the right place, and that’s what makes Heartthrob more than just a brilliant pop album, it’s unarguably a brilliant Tegan & Sara album and it’s very, very close to being perfect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Native Invader a work of genius--a kind of Great American novel, perhaps--is that it seamlessly blends the personal, political, natural and cosmic into the same story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s just so much going on, so much to wonder at.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really does come very close to the top of the pile. An essential opus from a truly essential artist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fucked Up Friends is a blissful reminder that the practice of absorbing rather than regurgitating influences--innovation and invention--is alive and well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It'd be reductive to try and describe a timeless album like Smother as a step up from its two predecessors, or even as a surefire Mercury contender--although it is, on both counts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With giant gyrating reverberated guitars and a grandiose brass section, this is the sound of a rock band attempting the sweeping gallantry of Sibelius or Tchaikovsky and getting away with it. It represents a smugly victorious ending to what is a phenomenally strong and well-polished album.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whichever road they happen to tread next, it'll be worthwhile following in their footsteps.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There may be reference points aplenty throughout Nonagon Infinity and its creators make-up but King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard sure know how to put their own spin on things. And in doing so have created their finest body of work to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A thrilling ride nonetheless, unlike many others you’re likely to experience in 2013.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ‘The Wolf’ demonstrates it is still essential for a rebel rock n roll record to compel you to punch the air as if Motley Crue were making a comeback, Vince Neill and all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Wild Light correctly prioritises focus over twists, there are sections that catch you by surprise.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s got something for everyone, providing everyone is at least a little fucked in the head.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Confess isn't just steeped in the sounds of an era, but in its films, feel, stories and sense of aspiration. It's an album about love and lust behind the bleachers, in the dark of a multiplex, on the back of a motorcycle, in bathroom cubicles, under the neon glare of America's bright lights - and it's wholly, wholly brilliant.