DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,754 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 II
Lowest review score: 20 Songs for Our Mothers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1754
1754 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lot of the record shows a lack of streamlining, or a singular focus. If album four sees San Fermin filtering through the bucketloads of promise on show here, there’s something really special on the horizon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On all the evidence here, The Big Moon have succeeded in unearthing the secret to a fire debut.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dry wit and effortless elegance run throughout, which makes cinematic, poetic wonderment out of eye rolls and humongous sighs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whiteout Conditions is a consistently engaging and occasionally irresistible collection of pop songs, carried off with the unmistakable assurance of old hands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sincerely, Future Pollution is in some ways a perfect representation of our conflicted, uncertain times, but it also makes the record a challenging, uncompromising listen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    She hasn’t managed to effectively distill her many ideas into something that sounds cohesive After seven years away, that feels like a bit of a let-down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On The Far Field Future Islands have captured their humanity in all its sparkling, chaotic glory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with wit, super-sharp song-writing, and charged with Diet Cig’s now-distinctive personality, Swear I’m Good At This should probably be called ‘Swear I’m Fucking Ace At This’ instead for higher accuracy levels.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s verbose and it aims high and it’s not a record you can stick on in the background while you play Candy Crush. But unplug from this modern game of life just for a little while and it’s a very, very special reward indeed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A innovative, inventive joy, Crawl Space is a bold first album from an artist likely to stick around for the long haul.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a record dedicated to every band who’ve had to scrape together every last penny just to stay alive, and the result is an album that yearns to be heard.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Silver/Lead is an accomplished record from a band who continue to challenge their audience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a minimalism in places here that even ardent fans might find a touch disappointing given how predisposed she normally is to extrapolating on her ideas. In fairness, though, the whole point of Documents is to capture the sound of a band, still hot from the road, bringing that energy to the studio. In the Same Room delivers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Will and Alison will probably shift gears again on their next album, but Silver Eye is likely to become a standout record in their ever-morphing canon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The eight-minute sprawl of ‘Don’t Blame Yourself’, too, is wildly self-indulgent and could have had at least a couple of minutes lopped off. Ultimately, though, he sounds rejuvenated on Star Stuff, and that bodes well for whatever he has lined up next.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ending with the sprawling ‘Alone Piano’, the record catapults to spheres beyond. Standing open-armed and resolute for whatever might follow, Let The Dancers Inherit The Earth is an echoing cry for a bright tomorrow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, that sense of immediacy isn’t always present. Sometimes it shows that From Deewee was rehearsed many times and things get a little bit too mechanical in the middle. It’s still easy to find yourself getting wrapped up in it though and, when it hits, it’s easy to hear why Soulwax are hailed as such innovators.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Formation’s greatest achievement is not just in making a floorfiller record with genuine variety and depth, but that All The Powerful People sounds entirely, only like them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their sound may have matured, and may be more accustomed to a laconic calmness, but Damage and Joy still burns with purpose and when it throws its punches it lands them with ease.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    ‘Raising The Dead’ is a hopeful and tender ode to finding attributes of his late father in his newborn daughter. ‘Wandering Aengus’, meanwhile, is a Yeats-inspired piece of trumpet-covered beauty that sums up the record perfectly--peaceful, lush and well worth the wait.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This collection is his most fully-realised to date, with hooks as the glittering vehicle for tales of a blighted American Midwest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A planned dalliance, Hot Thoughts reveals its irony: a well-thought rush of blood, a planned frisson. It’s a turn on with limits.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album’s most engaging moment arrives in ‘A Portrait Of’. Giving voice to anxieties and doubts only to shatter through them with a screaming crescendo of steadfast resolve, this is the sound of Sorority Noise at their strongest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In Mind is classic laid-back Real Estate, and while there is comfort in the familiar, at times it can feel a little lax.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Releasing two similar albums in such close proximity might seem like a cynical attempt to double-down on the success of the first, but rather than feel like a re-release thrown together by label execs, these were the tracks as they should be; rich, nuanced, and steeped in major key melodies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They’re not boasting rock and roll’s supermodel aesthetic for sure, but it doesn’t mean a lot of people wont fall in love with that scruffy rock band next door.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Raging at full throttle, IDLES’ debut is as dirty as it is messy. An exhilarating escape along frenzied rhythms and powerhouse rhythms with a ferocious commentary for guidance, Brutalism is as vital as it is volatile.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This latest effort from Australian trio Methyl Ethel is a lithe, sinewy creature, by turns weighted and buoyant, half darkness and half shimmering light.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are a few duds thrown into the pack--closing pair ‘Into The Sun’ and ‘Walk Out Music’ offer little of interest and ensure the record goes out with something of a whimper--but there’s enough on With You Tonight to suggest Summer Moon might gather something of a cult following.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At its best, Youngish American exists at the nexus of day-job classics ‘Giving Up the Gun’ and ‘Unbelievers’, offering glimpse of Chris’ massive potential to be an engaging solo star.