Dusted Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,029 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% 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 Selling Live Water
Lowest review score: 0 Rain In England
Score distribution:
2,029 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bottle of Humans was an amazing album, immediately hailed as a classic. Selling Live Water improves upon that album in every identifiable category.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An instant classic. Few records contemplate such grandeur and fewer still achieve it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wonderful Rainbow is a brilliant record and has upped the ante tremendously for Lightning Bolt. They managed to take every single aspect that made Ride the Skies such a great record and intensify it severely, all the while showcasing incredibly tight and complex musicianship – knowing when to hold in the reins and when to set them on fire.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Summer Sun is a stunner, a subtle but substantial collection of non-sequiturs that displays the scope of Yo La Tengo’s tweaked-out serenity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is perhaps Oldham’s best work yet, and somewhat ironically, his most accessible as well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Neon Golden, the Notwist have created a daring album full of different sounds and textures. While this might sound like a textbook post-rock album, it is without a doubt a record firmly anchored by its pop sensibilities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Occasionally, it feels like there’s a manipulation going on somewhere, a cloud of hype that obscures both the band’s actual virtues and its shortcomings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beulah have somehow blended the sounds their last three albums, each a significant achievement on its own, into one career-spanning epic, completely worthy of their reputation; any small ways in which their past work has seemed lacking, superficial, or scatterbrained is gone, and only the best points remain.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On Chutes, Mercer’s voice is singing right next to you, and the change works wonders.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While every Ivy League dog kennel worker with a paycheck from Blender or Revolver may write dissertations about how Outkast re-invented pop music (and if we follow that logic) then Madvillain simply destroys the boundaries.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Against all expectations, Brian Wilson has achieved what should have been impossible, and has produced what may be the year's most thrilling album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    School of the Flower easily ranks as Ben Chasny's best work thus far.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A silky, bright, singing-in-the-shower masterstroke of joy and elation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most important anthologies to come along in quite a while.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ys
    Ys is one of those rare sophomore albums that shatters exceedingly high expectations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the first time in his career he has made an album that is clearly not a product of “Beck”, the single-syllabled entertainer, but rather that of “Beck Hansen”, the person.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It wildly exceeds the expectations generated by Malkmus’s first solo shot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So when I say that Yours, Mine & Ours sounds too good to be true, I'm resolved after much deliberation that this is an entirely positive thing: it is impeccably conceived, executed, and produced.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last Exit is a truly excellent album, one of the best of 2004 so far. But what is truly exciting is the promise Last Exit holds for the future – for that of the Junior Boys themselves and the countless others it is sure to inspire.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] seemingly out-of-nowhere collection of quiet masterpieces.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now, rather than trying to replay his roots and influences, he’s incorporating them as threads in the in the tapestry of his own rich, distinctly beautiful sound.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The interplay of Gibbard's shyly introspective vocals with Tamborello's dense and meticulous backdrops works surprisingly well, at times better than anything to date from Death Cab or DNTEL.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    5
    5 is Town and Country's most beautiful, flawless actualization of the goals they’ve been working towards since 1998, and paradoxically, a near-complete rethinking of them, as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blacklisted rings with lost voices and strange journeys, and does a better job of balancing hope, innocence, and darkness than just about anything I’ve heard in a while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an old trick: happy music, sad words. But Quasi has elevated the strategy to an art form, and it’s nearly impossible to resist the sugar rush of the band’s sound in collision with Coomes’ black musings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lot of what's contained on this disc reaches for the transcendent and often attains that lofty goal. Even when it doesn't, though, it's still very much worth the listen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An intense fifty minute ride through the minds of one of the best new bands to emerge in recent memory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While most of Slow Riot and at least parts of Skinny Fists shine through from a distance, much of what makes this album great is its painstaking detail.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sometimes it seems almost sleight-of-hand that any music could have so much going on and yet be so spacious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The building of momentum from beautiful or ominous minimalism into cathartic, sweeping heaviness is remarkable.