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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Long lost treasures from the boss.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shakey’s long awaited archives box set.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OAP releases best live album ever?
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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’.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Divine blues and roots from Americana veteran.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intimate, literate and wonderfully executed, Iron & Wine seem to have made one of the albums of the year. Don’t let it pass you by.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brooklyn's latest greatest deliver heartbreaking concept album.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    White hot rockers give two fingers to difficult second album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful, arcane, unsettling--and that's only the cover. White Chalk isn't so much a record, as a great effort at dragging you into another world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    US production whiz hires SFA mainman, perfect pastiche synth-pop ensues.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    West crosses genres with wilful and speedy abandon, taking the listener on an epic quest where the journey is just as enjoyable and unpredictable as the destination.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Astonishing new album from ex-Immediate wunderkind.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first new material from New York’s finest avant garde trio since last year’s superb Show Your Bones album, Is Is isn’t a new album, unfortunately.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sublime companion to kiddies’ book adaption from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike his recent output, there’s no overarching preoccupation here, there is only a bunch of good tunes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An album as vital and as edgy as anything they’ve ever done.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never in 24 years have The Black Crowes either changed their tune or sounded contrived, and they’re getting better all the time in their dependably unfashionable way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a brilliantly buoyant and wonderfully charming record that’ll suit almost every mood.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s as warm and forgiving and generously tender a collection of songs as you’ll hear all year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Swedish fivesome’s trademark sound is so ridiculously simple that you’ll be humming it all day, and with their quirky humour, probably with a grin on your face.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Lovely promiscuous electronica.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sensuous showcases a more playful Cornelius than we’ve seen before.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you take a chance on just one record then make sure it’s Take Me To The Sea as it’s possibly the underground triumph of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hobo Journeyman enlists the help of Nick Cave, KT Tunstall and Ruby Turner to deliver winning album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A quantum leap in thought and execution from 2004 debut, These Were The Earlies.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the new B52s album, the group famous for ‘Love Shack’ party like it’s 1992.
    • Hot Press
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With their very different moods, the ‘London’ and ‘Dublin Sessions’ respectively nourish two different aspects of spiritual longing: the soul’s yearning for a sense of reverence and awe, and its equal need for spiritual intimacy, comfort and familiarity.