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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For Weezer fans awaiting the next installment, it adds up to a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of Cuomo’s sweet, strange mind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Decent stab at Queens Of The Stone Age rawk from Mrs. Josh Homme.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a case of “been there/done that/snogged someone I shouldn’t have to this track on Saturday night” – and by and large the scene is starting to collapse in on itself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A respectable collection which raises the question: why do the Killers pad their albums out with mediocre filler, when they have at least some decent alternative material to spare?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In places <i>An End Has a Start</i> is bleakly compelling; nevertheless, great swathes of the record strain towards a pasty arena-rock future.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chapman creates yet another soulful, personal album that adds to her repertoire of timeless tunes with a few mentions of Jesus and Barack Obama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ‘Amarillo’ Man records Richard Hawley-produced album of songs from Sheffield.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Concept album about cricket from Divine Comedy and Pugwash frontmen hits the sweet spot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Kylie's persona infuses the album, even if her vocals do not. As pop heatseekers go, X is a heartbeat away from perfection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    French Smoothies return to lunar landscapes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gahan hasn’t arrived at the palace of wisdom yet, but it sounds like he’s enjoying travelling this new route there.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the new B52s album, the group famous for ‘Love Shack’ party like it’s 1992.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Production superstars The Neptunes get back to penning their own tunes – with highly impressive results.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rivers Cuomo and co. deliver another scintillating collection of punk-pop – with added experimentation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LA producers bond over Sao Paolo funk.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Love as a battlefield.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is low on saccharine balladry, high on rhythm protein.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pretty much every song on Straight No Chaser is a future pop anthem of powerhouse proportions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ghost of Marvin hovers over debut by Digi-Soul merchant - sensuous dancefloor fodder with an evocative voice.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Interpol frontman Paul Banks makes his solo debut with a surprisingly worthwhile side project.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Country diva channels marriage break-on first LP in nearly a decade.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The girls play to a new beat in this album, as they focus on evolving their sound while changing up their lineup.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pocket Symphony... contains more than its fair share of inspired moments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The People’s Princess pleases with Her catchy generic pop
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    68-year-old lothario goes back to his white soul roots with a passionate performance showing that Jones still has "it."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Further mystical adventures from grunge-era Kate Bush.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mid-career retrospective captures SP’s inner conflicts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Norwegian masters of melancholic synth-pop get back to basics.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With an album proper to offer this time around, it seems that Johnson is back with a vengeance--fans of his effortlessly laid-back acoustic fare will immediately warm to this strong collection of songs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It would appear that working-class Coventry trio The Enemy are now officially the next big thing.