DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 913 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Night Time, My Time
Lowest review score: 20 Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 913
913 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In short, Night Time, My Time is stunning.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    St. Vincent showcases Annie Clark as a fiercely accomplished musician, a relentlessly original artist, and now, an innovator of pop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their most complete record by a serious stretch, it's a work that laughs, cries, detests, adores and above anything else inspires.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Horrors go several steps further. Fragments of the group's past link together and the future illuminates in unison. Luminous is the album they've been destined to make.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite frankly, it’s a towering edifice of electronic brilliance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delicate duets, bluegrass string strumming and some of the most genuinely emotive lyrics you'll hear all year combine to produce an album of rare and beautiful quality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both varied and beautifully evocative, Voyageur is the perfect listen for merging wintery wistfulness with ethereal wonder.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Goldfrapp's singles collection is a triumph of compellingly brilliant classy pop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfume Genius is worthy of the hype, and the hyperbole: this is a fantastic record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise Ye Sunken Ships is a monster of an album, rich in credibility and one that is often raucous, but never noisy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which is deluged in melancholy of the sweetest kind, 'Threads' undoubtedly deserves your ears.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt 'Nocturniquet' is amongst the band's best work, and sufficiently different – witness for instance the loud bass-heavy synths that pervade the heavier tracks – from their career highlights that it should satisfy all comers. It's f***ing brilliant, and that's really all there is to it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A+E
    Coxon's most accomplished solo album to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is a playful, daring and capricious listen, and one of the first truly remarkable records of 2012.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most endlessly intriguing albums of the year so far.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a first collection of work from the band this is a stunning release, bursting with life and creativity and fully deserving of the attention and praise that is bound to come its way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There may well be no such thing as a ten out of ten album, a level of perfection and flawlessness that is by all likelihood totally unobtainable; but it's hard to imagine anyone coming closer than these five men from New York.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These guys just made you want to flail your arms around and shout the lyrics. Heel-stomping music. God-forbid, head-banging music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endless Flowers is an amazing effort that deserves a place at the top of its genre. This album deserves to be heard and loved. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy once it hits the stores.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's entirely possible that by proving they can make anything their own, they've become one of Britain's best bands.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a contemporary pop age of increasingly tired homogeneity, AlunaGeorge are a very welcome breath of fresh air.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics are a little more personal, the band a little more developed - it seems that this is the start of a new and exciting chapter for The Gaslight Anthem.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Shrines' is a joy from start to finish, with a sticking power that so many others seem to lack.... It would be no surprise to see Purity Ring top the end of year round-ups.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warm and opening yet still dazzlingly inventive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TOY
    What 'TOY' lacks in originality, it more than makes up for with an incredibly rich dot-to-dot of psychedelia laced musical education, and this album is, to coin an awful new musical genre, Nu-new-wave at its very best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Until The Quiet Comes is an album that is celebratory and desolate, dense and sparse, dark and colourful--a trippy, fantastical ride that only he could create a path for.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lonerism is an absolutely amazing and inspiring record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album to intently listen to every single line and every single syllable. There is a strange kind of hope and joy to the album's warmest moments that belie the, at times, dark themes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous album of soundscapes that are able to stand up alone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By intention or coincidence, the band's debut boils over with frustration. And all you crave is a piece of it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its Ramones-via-The Golden State garage punk, it's brilliantly noisy in all the best places ('White On White', 'Wait For The Man') and yet not afraid to tone down on occasion ('Gimme Something').
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds layered upon sounds; the intricacies here may hint towards Mosquito being more of a grower than its older siblings, but it proves that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a band to cherish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It sounds fantastic throughout; there's just the right mix of intense dance floor dynamics and reverential sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Full of heart and full of ideas, it’s big, clever and brilliantly odd.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Random Access Memories is, for all the DJ-on-camera dancing hype, an album in the proper sense of the word; these aren't thirteen dancefloor ready bangers, it's a grandiose statement of intent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The National don't progress or indeed offer anything new to outstanding cynics, they instead rejoice in their strengths of detailing life and all its sorry baggage in the most beautiful of ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The narrative drawn by Marling throughout is at times heart-stopping, segues and recurrent motifs creating effortless enjambment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It should go without saying but it needs to said: this is an intricate, jarring and complicated piece of work and is undeniably brilliant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn’t britpop recooked, reheated or reserved. Be it 1993 or 2013, In Love stands proud.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there is one fault, it may be that, at times, the production and backing is a little too restrained.... [But] It really is a thing of beauty, and gets better with every listen; one of the surest signs of something that will ultimately be deemed timeless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forest Swords’ debut long-player is electronic mastery at its very finest, because Engravings manages to make electronic music feel tactile, organic, and alive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    AM
    A punch drunk brawler with a heart, it's the pay off to a perfect evolution.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MGMT haven't necessarily re-discovered their mojo, but re-imagined it, and in doing so, may well have given us one of the best albums of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As twelve equally matched moments of varied tone but consistent brilliance, it's nothing short of exactly what was expected--the start of something even bigger.