DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,007 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 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 1007
1,007 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Walk the River]is not for the faint-hearted but it's certainly for the soft-hearted - three albums along, they still feed our hunger for the big, the wild and the honest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not the finished article, but as close as the (still) youthful band are likely to come at this stage.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wonderfully courageous, Gibson's reflections make her latest record her most accomplished work yet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Filtered through a dispersing wall of glistening synths and trippy haze, Ester is a sonically rich debut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This follow-up work of pent-up aggression; of complete contrast to snappy pop-punk; has every chance of becoming the band's seminal work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Something is like a grand, multi-branched, ageing tree of 80s synth-pop, encompassing every variance of style and genre and recreating each classic movement with honour and aplomb.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Area 52 is hands down the duo's most grandiose, outlandish opus yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its warmth and energy, it will easily see you through these cold winter months.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of shifting, shimmering textures that is both a spaced out exploration and the perfect pop album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tense and absorbing record that creates its own world for you to live in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Barnes has created] the best experimental discordant noise pop he's worked on since 'Hissing Fauna'.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Meiburg and the group have swapped the muddy tranquillity that kept them muted and unheard for a daring dose of starry eyed wonderment that really should unleash the groups collective wings, enabling them to fly higher than ever before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sprightly, desperately alive and joyously nostalgic, Plumb sees Field Music waving an exultant goodbye to the shipwrecked post-punk revival they'd always been wary of and sailing into classic art-pop waters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fin
    It is often difficult for dance producers to go from making one off tracks and remixes to producing a full coherent and lucid album, but it is a jump that John Talabot has made effortlessly.