Mixmag's Scores

  • Music
For 268 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 78% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Soul Music
Lowest review score: 50 Darker Than Blue
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 268
268 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    LP1
    There are some excellent tracks here--‘Lights On’, ‘Two Weeks’, ‘Pendulum’--and her talent is obvious, but the men at the production desk could perhaps have been braver.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Directional swerves are admirable, but make an uneven set, especially as the material from their first three albums has more palpable sparkle than the rest.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s absolutely breathtaking in its audacity and intergalactic ambition, and even breathtakingly beautiful in places. But... it’s bloody tiring too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fin
    There's no distinct personality to be heard, or the kind of dynamic ideas that could give it the ability to totally dominate a room.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its length, it's not pushing any boundaries: it's smooth and sweet, with nothing to give you nightmares, but as a piece of high-class chillout music, it works very well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A texturally rugged selection with plenty of technical dexterity along the way maintains a bumping tempo--in turn, completing a solid trio of mixes themed around one of the Capital’s leading residencies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Another patchy long-player from a proven producer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Groundbreaking it may not be, but Huxley brings a touch more class than some of his contemporaries.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The squelchy synths and intergalactic funk of the record's first half stand tall, but at 20 tracks long, it becomes a tad tiresome at the halfway mark.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Love School Of Seven Bells and The XX? You'll like this.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even when the groove lessens, doubters are liable to be persuaded by their innate knack for epic choruses.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The results, all shimmering synths and echo effects noodle along on 4/4, often for the best part of seven minutes, and we can't help but feel that some of this has been done before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With only six new songs (and just seven tracks in total), it could have been a longer trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although some of the arrangements and electronic embellishments are lavish, there are few obvious peaks and troughs apart from the epic throb of ‘Thea’.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Little Red’s desire to tread new ground is admirable and, in principle, the idea of Katy going head-to-head with US r’n’b singers is great, but the quality is simply not as dynamic, hook-laden or convincing as the first five songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Heartfelt lullabies backed by rich instrumentation make for a promising enough first half that leads to the dour title track. From here, razor-blade distortion, crashing cymbals and mournful torment combine to create a tough listen, before respite eventually comes in the form of an exhausted outro.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They’re solid tracks though few approach his greatest moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite falling short of its higher-octane predecessor, this difficult second album isn’t without its moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Is it a fun, well-selected mix to throw on at a party and dance to? Yes. And, sometimes, that's enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a largely dejected and sombre affair that is perhaps only for those of a darker disposition.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mostly it's party music, pure and simple.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun, if a little two-dimensional.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It can be difficult listening, but stick with Prinz's half-spoken vocals and Horn's snaking basslines, and your reward is an album of raw, rhythmic energy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As culturally diverse as it all is, it’s the tonal depth of the assembly that creates an engaging synergy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At points it’s utterly lovely--you can’t beat the combination of strings and Tony Allen’s drumming--but at others it’s slightly silly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A charming, understated record.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are a few tracks (including the two straight-ahead rap tunes and haunting closer ‘Suicide Pact’) where he does actually let the groove unfold naturally, but that just makes even more frustratingly clear how much better the rest of this record could be if only Shadow would just ease off on the tinkering and fidgeting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you stop trying to hear it as grime, and listen to it as a sci-fi movie of an album, a classy electronica dream journey through a high tech Orient, then that gloss becomes a strength, and it really does stand up on its own.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    "If in doubt, smile and dance" is the agenda.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MST
    Atmospheric, intriguing and emotional.