DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,284 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Not to Disappear
Lowest review score: 20 Let It Reign
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1284
1284 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Transfixiation, named appropriately, demands a trance-like attention across its duration, but very little sticks once the ride is over.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are moments on Coming Up For Air that lay claim to a genuine force, the kind who’ve earned their Chris Martin-endorsed stripes. They’re yet to truly claim their own territory, though, and any attempts to reinvent the wheel fall flat with an almighty thud
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The apex of which Moon Duo head towards on The Shadow of the Sun isn’t reached and seemingly it burns out before entering a new atmosphere
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For an album which features a list of impressive producers, it feels though one of them should have worked on the album as a whole to give Soft Control cohesion and the platform for Welsh to jump from.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For the majority of tracks, they succeed in their goals. It’s only when looking back at the whole picture, somehow the pieces don’t quite appear to fit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall Beat the Champ will no doubt prove a hit with die-hard Mountain Goats fans, however as a standalone album it lacks a coherent sound.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Glitterbug is a tired album that lacks invention and makes the landfill indie tag even easier to attribute.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fretboard noodling far outweighs any emotional or intellectual potency, and Heirs continues to leave ASIWYFA stuck between a rock solid live show and a hard-to-place recorded direction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Something that gradually becomes clear is that this is an album of uncertainty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Where things ought to be reduced and given more purpose, they instead stampede into goodness-knows-where. Ambition doesn’t always equal perfection. Rock operas have their place, but this isn’t the pick of the bunch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Perhaps it’s even a more accessible album for smoothing off the edges and toning down the vitriol, but it’s also largely forgettable in a way that Frank Turner’s best could never be accused of.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Flashes of the airtight songwriting that ran through ‘Scream Aim Fire’ and ‘Fever’ remain--closer ‘Pariah’ does controlled fury very well--but otherwise, it has to be case of back to the drawing board, because Bullet sound as if they’re beginning to run on fumes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Not only safe, Music Complete serves to dilute New Order’s output.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The album’s title suggests fight and energy but much of this album feels too polite and too pedestrian.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s enough evidence on Ropewalk that The View’s songwriting senses remain sharp, but the turgid manner in which they’ve served up this group that renders it a disappointment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Real Lies’ debut effort instead puts forward a group who’ve clearly agonised over every detail of their early ‘90s aesthetic, and forgotten about the songs in the process.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If kept short and sweet, Temple would have made a charmingly laconic record that blossomed in unconventionality, yet sadly here is muddled in his expansive means.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By playing it too safe, Animal Nature isn’t worth recommending. It’s just sort of fine and that won’t cut it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Instead of its wide-eyed optimism rubbing off onto others, this album has the effect of canned laughter bouncing off the walls. It’s a hundred nutritional yoghurts being mushed into bland liquid nothingness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, this is an album with a whimsical construct that fails to extend its ideas and live up to its musical promise.