Dusted Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,398 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Madvillainy
Lowest review score: 0 Rain In England
Score distribution:
2398 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The opening seven tracks on The Sun Awakens are probably the strongest sequence of songs on any Six Organs release so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just a smart encapsulation of underground dance music's better qualities, but not so showoffy that it can't work as an hourlong immersion tank.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything on this oddball album demands your attention, often in unexpected ways.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you come to this record for the title, expecting rueful literacy and songwriterly self-deprecation, you might be pleasantly surprised by how hard it rocks and what an undemanding good time it can be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Model of You is neither sparse nor overstuffed, relying on a few, highly polished elements to make up each song and allowing each of them ample space to unfold.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    African Electronic Music 1975-1982 is a deceptively smart compilation sequenced at least as well as Bebey's own albums.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pollard’s imagistic lyrics and ragged musicality create a bridge between the mundane and the exceptional.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its music-geek-pleasing period references and psychedelic density, this is ultimately a frothy pop record full of hopeful love songs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s bit of a risk for Chasny to polish his sound, but he’s succeeded in bottling the imaginative, audacious overflow of his past efforts into perhaps his most cohesive record yet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is something very powerful about these interpretations, as Stewart and his crew cut past the elegant phrasings and the precise constructions of Simone’s songs, and expose their bruised and bleeding vulnerabilities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm more than happy to take this album as it is, blemishes and all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Mountain won’t win any prizes for innovation, but their slightly bruised brand of retro is far more fertile than that of their contemporaries.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far from being liabilities, such disparate moments help define If… for the better: as a work that frolics in different directions without losing control or coherence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Takes is most worthwhile for Adem fans, but intriguing for anyone who enjoys a new perspective on old tunes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes Muhly’s work particularly interesting then is not only his use of this style--comprehending the four movements of the title track is particularly vexing as bits of voices mingle and move at different velocities--but the use of the style in a dynamic way itself, reminiscent of Nyman’s compositions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With The Follower we have the first truly top-tier Field album that seems to draw its energy more from refinement than innovation, from the spin of the wheel rather than the speed of the car.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This crew has figured out how to make it work as a quartet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Father Divine ranks among the best of Ladd’s efforts, and is easily one of his most adventurous.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We have a groundbreaking album re-released, with some strong live material
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be that he doesn’t have a country bone to stand on, but he obviously knows all about the music’s spirit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonically these songs are crafted out of beautifully thin, translucent textures that brush over one another to create half hues and harmonies. And lyrically, too, they pile evocative, not definitive, images one on top of the other, until a song can encompass two diametrically opposed ideas without any tension at all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, what you see here is indeed what you get: amour, imagination and rêve from two men who fell to earth...from the dark side of Méliès' moon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    England’s most defiantly rococo pop group can make a richly detailed record without really trying.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imperial Teen crafts a super-clean, super-sharp, inordinately complex collection of songs that, nonetheless, go down like cherry cola.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    North is an album intended to be accessible, and it embodies its time and place more honestly than most records released this year--which is a risky thing to say while also acknowledging that the title refers to a time as well as a place: the Northern England of Joy Division and The Human League.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most disarming thing El-P's got going for him is his ability to sound like he's broadcasting from an impossible future even while he's standing right next to you in the present.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sound is open and uncluttered, rare for a genre that relishes tangles. There’s lots of liquid synths, and were they gracing a 4/4 thump, they’d have an Ibiza glow to them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Stage Names is raucous, rambunctious and occasionally quite funny.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most heartening thing to be said about Music for Shut-Ins is that it reflects the opposite ethos, a go-for-broke glut of great songs in or around house music’s orbit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Eternal is a rock group playing at the peak of their powers: assured but not ‘comfortable,’ and free with each other.