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 The Sound Of The Smiths
Lowest review score: 10 Uncle Dysfunktional
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 497
497 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Long lost treasures from the boss.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    High prince of bad taste delivers unexpected meisterwork.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shakey’s long awaited archives box set.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OAP releases best live album ever?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genius robo-funk opus from worthy-of-the-hype OutKast protege.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It focuses on the epic qualities of Ride and MBV, combined with Wilner’s cosmic pop chops and his predilection for shuffly techno grooves.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mancunian greats turn out definitive two-CD hits collection of live recordings, alternative takes and hard-to-find tracks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dear Science, has all the euphoria and cosmic soul searching hinted at but not delivered on by lesser chancers such as MGMT.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    First impressions are pretty damn good. It’s dreamy, eerie, epic, soaring, soothing, very occasionally manic... and more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This writer is a firm believer that every album you pick up should be a universally accessible experience. Solitude, sanctuary and silence spawn an exorcism of sorts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impressive full length debut from enchanting Seattle-ites.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You don’t have to be a fan of the country, blues or folk genres to appreciate the heartbreaking brilliance of this inspired collaboration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    What happens when you cross Mazzy Star with Sleater Kinney? These boy/girl newcomers have the answer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So, Funeral was by no means a fluke. The Arcade Fire are unquestionably the real deal. And to prove it they’ve now thrown in another contender for ‘best record of the decade’.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kala is an intoxicating junk-culture travelogue, a genre-humping mash-up of Bollywood rumbles, shrieking guitars and machine-gun rhymes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most extraordinary aspect of the album is that Murphy has managed to simultaneously make his music both more experimental and more thrillingly danceable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Third mediocre outing in twelve months for Swedish starlet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hercules And Love Affair may be a party, it may be a disco, but it sure ain't no foolin' around.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sassy Swede gives Madge something to think about.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sleek melding of soul, disco, techno, Eno-esque ambient, gospel, and hi-NRG electro.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I don’t care who you are, come up with an album title like that and you get a free pass.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sharp, incisive, funny and at times even heart-rending in the context of some beautifully-judged rag/country/Dixie-land songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Long awaited comeback from Bristol trip-hop outfit proves worth the wait.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As you might expect from a bunch of Springsteen-loving misfits, Stay Positive is delivered with a generous amount of their now trademark skewed cynicism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite their disparate origins this is no hotchpotch of leftovers and out-takes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weird but exhilerating outing from Williamsburg Hipsters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Flaming Lips could've been forgiven for feeling usurped when their sister ship Mercury Rev steamed away with the garlands for Deserter's Songs last December, but in truth, both collectives are in competition with no-one but themselves and the gods.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Manics mine Richey’s last words for a return to the heart of darkness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Good, but I can't get behind the voice.