Hot Press' Scores

  • Music
For 497 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Dear Science,
Lowest review score: 10 Uncle Dysfunktional
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 497
497 music reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Beyonce still proves that she's an all-around good performer even though her attempt to branch out into an alter ego fails a little.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This slight, shrill and, ultimately, underwhelming debut album has its moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a maddeningly inconsistent collection, with more misses than hits – though Kelly’s best moments do go some way towards atoning for his flaws.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Howling good fun from Lupine superstar.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Neil doesn’t do things by halves. His words and melodies are, like Roy Orbison, Cecil B De Mille scaled. That said, there are more than a few points where he misses the mark.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Patchy covers album from alt.rock veterans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    80s clubland legend Grace Jones returns with Hurricane, a patchy but fascinating comeback record.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These are early days, of course, but some worrying lapses into blustery Editors’ territory aside, Foals prove to be a tricksy, livewire prospect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For just under two decades, brothers Bubba and Matt Kadane have spent the majority of their time together crafting as near perfect slices of sonic Americana as they could.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Steady as she goes from the indie institution.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sprawling America travelogue stays strictly old school.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Surprisingly radio-friendly System Of A Down spin-off.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Starry-eyed debut hits more often than misses.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Donkey is the mediocre second outing Brazilian electro rockers CSS – will it show that they have more substance beyond being a mere good-time party band?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you pardon our French, Clinic’s fifth album is pretty fucked up--and yet it's also their best effort to date.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lo-fi freakster doffs cap to minimalism & screaming chipmunks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Warm-hearted folk pop from New England.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shine is over-ripe with hokey Casio drum machines, soprano sax, and other things that nudge the tone towards easy listening.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not as nebulous as their last album--and it doesn’t deliver the melodic thrills of Last Splash--but Mountain Battles has personality, spirit, warmth and tenderness in abundance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Raw, sparse, low-key, vocodered hip hop.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Newcomer electro-rockers produce a hyperactive, ear-decimating album that screams with heavy synth and rhythms, but dies with a lack of inspiration and creativity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album leaves no doubt that the former Beach Boy is now fully recovered from the 1967 nervous breakdown that effectively stalled his career for decades.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Surprisingly agreeable return from the High Priestess of country kitsch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Surprisingly enjoyable party rock.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The potency of the admirable sentiments is undermined by the lacklustre execution.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although combining an assortment of sounds may seem risky, they’ve managed to produce a solid album, fusing jazz, soul, ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll and playful lyrics into a tight 10 tracks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    R’n’B lothario sings the praises of monogamy on patchy fifth album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the record is--sonically-speaking, rather than in terms of quality--classic Ghostface, but only a couple of these familiar tracks match the standard set on previous records.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bragg is taking stock. He’s now doing it for himself, at his own pace. Those in search of revelation from an old punk with a new perspective will be left hanging