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 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Harps And Angels
Lowest review score: 10 Uncle Dysfunktional
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 497
497 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sublime companion to kiddies’ book adaption from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Astonishing new album from ex-Immediate wunderkind.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Long lost treasures from the boss.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An album as vital and as edgy as anything they’ve ever done.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A quantum leap in thought and execution from 2004 debut, These Were The Earlies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By eschewing the careworn vulnerability so favoured by many female artists, Veirs allows her remarkable songcraft and ornate use of language to shine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sensuous showcases a more playful Cornelius than we’ve seen before.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Probably a track or two short of being a stone-cold classic, Our Love To Admire nonetheless makes for hugely rewarding listening.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bat For Lashes' debut, Fur And Gold, is an album that delivers the listener from any form of humdrum existence into a deeper realm of dream and dementia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In truth, Into The Wild doesn’t sound like a first solo album. It radiates a confidence and maturity that Pearl Jam have lacked on their recent albums.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    First impressions are pretty damn good. It’s dreamy, eerie, epic, soaring, soothing, very occasionally manic... and more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The record is a less sonically abrasive affair than the album Cave released last year with his side-project Grinderman, but it teems with as many musical and lyrical ideas as ever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lyrics here are a lacerating mix of blue collar bile and blue language, little Lady Muck simultaneously waging class and crass warfare.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    West works because it juxtaposes a sense of vulnerability with a desire not to stay down for long, and is tinged with a sense of realism not always present in her rivals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautiful, but never callow, here is an album to fall slowly in love with.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pocket Symphony... contains more than its fair share of inspired moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reformation Post TLC may lack a tune as monumental as, say, the unforgettable ‘Hip Priest’ from Hex Enduction Hour, but 30 years into his career, Smith is still making music with the kind of vitality and imagination that shame most musicians half his age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Who needs love when heartbreak sounds this bloody good?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record to cool the blood and quicken the pulse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is low on saccharine balladry, high on rhythm protein.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But so what if The Magic Position ends up creaking slightly under the weight of its own ambition – surely that’s better than settling for the norm?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imagine an amalgam of The White Album, The Kick Inside and Professor Longhair, all conceived as an off-Broadway extravaganza directed by Julie Taymor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What’s most remarkable about the record is its incredible level of musical cohesion – it’s like the trio never stopped playing together.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Calling will test your emotions, making you feel glowing and comfortable, then useless and helpless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Missing, thankfully, are the twee Paulie-isms that often insult our intelligence, making Memory Almost Full that rare thing, a modern-day Paul McCartney you can listen to without wincing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The mangled electronic hailstorm is unrelenting, but it is also perversely enjoyable and infectious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Lullabies To Paralyze was a strange forest fairytale dusted with desert blues courtesy of Billy Gibbons, Era Vulgaris finds the band holed up in an abandoned funkhouse in the centre of a shady copse, waiting for some strange sexually-contracted fever to pass.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the sound of 30 people making music is always going to have an uplifting edge to it, the songs here are less self-consciously happy-clappy than before.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jack the volume up and let Fields suck the air from your lungs.