Dusted Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,124 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Master And Everyone
Lowest review score: 0 Rain In England
Score distribution:
2,124 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a challenging and humorous album that works like a society brave and wise enough to allow dissent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's new? High pitch frequencies; cell phone samples; the vocoded & pitched-down techno-poetry; a clean aesthetic from DE9 era running roughshod over a dark palette; and the fact that it sounds utterly different to his previous material, despite the references.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Today is the Day ranks as an outstanding album on its own merits, but its timing is also impeccable. Arriving at the end of this year, it will hopefully silence those who have accused Yo La Tengo of sliding into mid-career pleasantness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s elegantly expressive music where warm tones from cold machines cut to the quick of human emotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the first solo Sprout album that doesn’t seem to lack from Pollard’s input.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn't as succint, and heart-wrenching, as Someday... and it may not have the slicing modernity of HNIA's earlier works, but the idea of the project propels it still.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album will doubtlessly appeal to a broader audience than previous outings, but that's not to say it lacks the inventive, leftfield sensibility that has permeated Warren's other records.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pole’s familiar synth-hissing static has been removed but a chilled atmosphere remains, successfully transforming this release into four club-friendly tracks that will leave you feeling warmer than a glass of red wine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ex Models are not afraid of the gaps created by their minimal approach; they use the silence to contrast the unholy racket they can make.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Breakdown is gleeful, digestible, and eminently enjoyable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's grasp of dynamics, both musical and emotional, has deepened, resulting in Long Knives, their most nuanced album yet, with a much more understated approach than on past efforts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arab Strap successfully juxtaposes songs that deal with the fallacy of human interaction, while maintaining a singular Scottish sound and mindset.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An accomplished release that attests to their enduringly unique sound and vision.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mascis’ songs are still simple, clever, and catchy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His melodies hang in the air, homespun like Saturday afternoon arts and crafts, creating a lush foreground that contrasts something lovely with his minimalist production. This latest holds to that formula, and improves upon it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moving well beyond the claustrophobic and listless tendencies of earlier releases and doing away with their predictably two-dimensional dynamics, this is Mogwai's strongest album to date.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saloon might not attract the same short-term attention as some of their higher profile rock and pop peers in the UK, but this second album affirms that they have more to offer than many of their compatriots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lyrics on Red Devil Dawn are some of his most poetic to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The entire panoply of sounds from past recordings is brought to the forefront and depleted prejudicially. Sonic serpent rattle, centrifugal drones, cottony flashes and fizzes, dog-whistle squelch, electronic hives freed of their bees – the whole lot's here, and it's incrementally larger and more agitated than prior show-'n'-tell sessions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frozen Orange might as well have simplicity, directness, and melody stamped like a mantra throughout the liner notes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonic Nurse is the happy medium they've been craving. The songs, despite being mostly over five minutes long, are all to the point without feeling meandering.... The balance between noise and melody is right, with each emerging and vanishing at just the right point.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rachel’s can effortlessly create beauty, but what saves the record from saccharine blandness are the arrangements that almost distrust the group’s strengths, refusing to leave beautiful passages uncomplicated by dissonance or some kind of sonic distraction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that blooms slowly over time and repeated listening.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of pristine folk-pop backed by whispery wall-of-sound back-up vocals, crisp guitar figures, and some of the best pop songwriting this side of the Shins.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can hear the absolute precision, yes; but the head and hands have not left the heart and soul behind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At their best, the New Pornographers effortlessly dress down emotional defenses and bestow, for at least a moment, simple joy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A schizophrenic mess of maypole folk and motorik drive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mekons are the equal of any post-punk band on both sides of the Atlantic, and they are still very serious about proving it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quicksand / Cradlesnakes is a fine display of what they're capable of, and should please anyone in the mood for roots music that's a bit unrooted for a change.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intriguing and often lovely album.