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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Third mediocre outing in twelve months for Swedish starlet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Good, but I can't get behind the voice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gifted MC loses the run of himself without Mannie Fresh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Veteran hip hop soul princess Erykah Badu's newest creative contribution is ambitious, but lacks the smoothness and cohesive feel of her previous work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sprawling America travelogue stays strictly old school.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Underwhelming Third outing for nu-gaze duo.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Deerhunter's latest features more pop melodies and fuzzy soundscapes, forsaking the raw, intense sound we all love.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overwrought second album from Glaswegian indie quartet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite their reputation as torch-bearers of the new post-rock prog, it lacks the outrageousness of the ‘70s version of the genre and there’s an earnest sameness to these pieces that render much of it tedious beyond belief.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Warm-hearted folk pop from New England.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hook-laden agitprop combines with slinky beats on outing number ten from The Roots.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Steady as she goes from the indie institution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This grand musical quest is often fruitless, and leaves this listener wondering what might have been, had the group demanded less of themselves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Accelerate is patchy at best, with only the blaring finale, ‘I’m Gonna DJ’, really catching the attention.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Anyone hoping for another "Don’t Dream It’s Over" is going to find Time On Earth a disappointment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Emo pin-ups milk last moments of glory
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nothing Bjork does is ever less than provocative... Just don’t expect to it to force you out of your seat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lo-fi freakster doffs cap to minimalism & screaming chipmunks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is less a fully-formed debut than the tentative first few steps of a promising artist still finding her way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Although there are numerous pointers as to what might have been, had Mary retained greater creative focus, there is precious little to savour here.
    • 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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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This slight, shrill and, ultimately, underwhelming debut album has its moments.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A definite sense of fun permeates Conor Oberst, with the singer allowing himself to indulge a few whimsical idea's.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Young Knives gamble away the ending to a solid album.
    • 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.