Playlouder's Scores

  • Music
For 823 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Think Tank
Lowest review score: 0 Blitzkrieg Pop
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 823
823 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Experimental it ain't, but this summer in a shiny flat box it is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A patchy, flawed effort.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a whole, the album feels less definite, less driven, than the 'Want…' albums, which is both a strength and a weakness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there’s no denying that Metallica have produced a huge – and welcome – blast from the past, it also represents a monolithic slab of noise that stretched over 11 songs and 75 minutes is just too dense and daunting to be truly enjoyable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's all hugely ridiculous, of course, but executed with a surprising amount of passion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    this is pretty much all good stuff. So why does it feel like there's something missing? Haven's problem is their chosen genre - epic, ball busting indie, guitars that jangle, then jangle harder, vocals that ride melody like diseases might pterodactyls.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The question is: do you actually need another disc like this, given that it doesn't quite have that sense of otherness that Boards of Canada have in spades, or that sound-as-texture that Aphex Twin utilised so sumptiously on 'Richard D James', or Amon Tobin's truly forward looking drum programming.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Exciter' stakes a hell of a claim on bringing Depeche Mode into the 21st century.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When they're good, they're alright, but when they're bad, they're unstoppable and Dirty Vegas' biggest mistake so far is that, sometimes, they're not nearly filthy enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A sprawling beast that's unexpectedly heavy on the instrumental front.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Offers the sound of Stereolab doing what they do best. Love it or hate it, it won't alter the world, it just is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not, perhaps, the hugest of leaps from 'The Noise Made By People', granted, but that album, fine though it was, was very much parking on specific continental territory; 'Ha Ha Sound', by contrast, feels like it wants to explore somewhere more bearingless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Lovebox' doesn't quite scale Vertigo's dizzy heights, but it'll be perfectly at home both in clubs and in your lounge.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's crude, certainly, but Ludacris has enough wit and chutzpah to elevate this above the dross.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its many wondrous moments, 'Feels' is not a record for everyone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole experience becomes rather draining after a few listens.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the record lacks any of [Queens of the Stone Age's] belligerent twisted rock weirdness they have definitely pumped up the Good Charlotte-style teen anthem choruses.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Silence Is Easy' is non-challenging "pretty pretty" music for early-ageing types who might recoil at anything without an acoustic guitar and tomtoms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a bloody nice record, which may be damning them with faint praise but it's an area they've stalked out for themselves immensely likably.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are some fillers on 'Shootenanny!' like 'Rock Hard Times', which means it's never going to be an absolute classic, but it's good to hear E is suffering a little less despair than he's been forced to tolerate in the past.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's an abundance of softly slashing guitar, an air of sophistication writ indelibly large by its orchestration (with the string-laden weepie 'Epitaph' as probably the outstanding example), and, wrapped in Arnar's strong tones, there's more moodyness than you can shake a particularly angsty stick at.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Musically there's nothing on 'Stars of CCTV' that stands out as particularly innovative or imaginative[;] it's above average modern indie fare made with gusto by people who want to make records that sound like the records they like: The Clash, The Specials, The Verve and a bunch of other bygone Britpoppers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On a first listen it sounds very long. On a second listen it sounds just like the eponymous debut, with the odd anthem missing. On a third listen we have to concede there are some fine moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album suffers from serious momentum problems. You get something that hammers in a good and interesting way and then a few minutes later it's like the tap of a blue tit's beak on a milk bottle top.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a rather stronger record than [Daft Punk's] on the whole, even if it likewise suffers from flaws in execution.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More often than not displays a penchant for melody and tension which would shame many of the new millennium's pop pups.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's hard to truly love a band that are so chameleonic that they sacrifice signature definition for adventurousness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whereas their debut album 'Good Health' saw the unlikely and frankly scary collision of Fuzazi and Rocket From The Crypt, 'The New Romance' leans resolutely on the emo-punk side.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This might be quality above innovation, but it’s also maturity above cliché, and above all, passion over cynicism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's slinky, suave chill-out music, gently exotic, best listened to lounging on throws amongst cushions.