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 Live In London
Lowest review score: 10 Uncle Dysfunktional
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 497
497 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overwrought second album from Glaswegian indie quartet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    R&B concept album about binmen turned superheroes. Yup.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bernard Sumner delivers decent Enough Post-New order solo platter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Marshall Mathers tackles his most complicated subject...himself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Millennial ‘It’ Boy gets the horn on eighth album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Couples is by no means a terrible record, I just preferred The Long Blondes when they were young, free and single.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tokyo Police Club indubitably share similarities with their more commercially successful UK counterparts, Bloc Party.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Canadian firebrand loses her spark.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Solid and stolid live album from glam punker turned roots rocker.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A number of tracks here follow a similar, frustrating formula. For three minutes they showcase Reznor’s worst tendencies; the boorish plod of the choruses, the hoarse moan of the vocals. On the remainder of each of these songs Reznor does what he’s good at – i.e. creating delicious layers of chaotic industrial noise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Men out of time, The Verve were a neo-psychedelic jam-rock outfit who got fortuitously swept up in the Britpop boom and stumbled upon a timely form of Big Music.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Such inconsistency is forgivable on an overreaching debut, less so on a sixth album just 35 minutes in length.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend certainly have one of the best band names I’ve heard in ages, although their music unfortunately proves less exciting than one might have hoped.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perfectly natural indie music from Scottish band.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ian Brown’s fifth solo album is about the big issues. And while he's picked all the right targets, lyrically and musically it’s still a bit disappointing.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    After an eight-year hiatus, these hard rock legends return to the music scene with a banging album that has just a little less bite than others past.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Circus isn’t terrible. In fact it’s very listenable; genre-wise it falls somewhere between Beatlesy ballads and Billy Joel’s 'The Piano Man.'
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gifted MC loses the run of himself without Mannie Fresh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A spirited return from Beth Ditto and company--but where are the new ideas?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Averegeness abounds from budding UK starlet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite initial misgivings, our reviewer found that Little Joy's album delivers an old fashioned pop feel with a little DIY indie sound.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s too early to write Maxïmo Park off, or to turf them into the ever-growing pile of indie also-rans. But they’ll need to pull out all the stops to recover their poise after this worrying misstep.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hook-laden agitprop combines with slinky beats on outing number ten from The Roots.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even though her debut album didn't go off so well with her label, Dixon's latest album gives her another chance in the music biz.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You can slag them off all you like but it’s impossible to truly dislike their catchy, inoffensive pop-rock.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Close but no rosette for the new British diva on the block.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the greatest achievement of Mark Ronson’s genetically modified Version is to demonstrate the superiority of the organic source material.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Avant-rockers make shameless play for the aging Generation X market.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Disappointing swansong from the King of Pop.