DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 880 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 2.4 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 880
880 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ranging from intimidating to wonderfully eye-opening, it's always forthright, and it barely falters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That MCII can jump from sound to sound isn’t a surprise; but at times it does make for a slightly schizophrenic listen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Always vivid and often affecting, the record deals with love and loss in a way that constantly resonates.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tape Two sees them moving further away from a classic De La Soul template into something deeper and darker.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than three decades on from the day the pair first met in an electronics shop on the King's Road the Pet Shop Boys still manage to pack more ideas in an album than many others do in a thirty year career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Full of heart and full of ideas, it’s big, clever and brilliantly odd.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s an undeniably strong album, in which existing fans will find much to love. It just isn’t quite ‘Heartland’.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique record that puts a contemporary spin on an era that modern music forgot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It serves us like a well-bound photo album which we can flick through and see snapshots of the band at certain moments in their short, yet successful, life so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Save for a couple of filler tracks--especially the trashy, throwaway 'Staying Home'--I Hate Music is an earnestly constructed album of melodic alt-rock.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no avoiding the fact 'Blunderbuss' is an album for those already long inducted into the church of Jack White.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Recorded with longtime producer Neal Avron, Southern Air isn't a major step away from the band's previous work but a return to the original fire of their early years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It moves away from what many a critic will lazily refer to as Burial-esque, but still retains the throbbing heart that's always sat at the centre of his music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The atmosphere isn't always strictly severe, knowing right when to let up with gorgeous melodies seeping through the chiselled cracks. These moments save the record from being vociferous without a cause, allowing the more vehement moments to speak louder than they would otherwise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most endlessly intriguing albums of the year so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may not be one for the impatient listener--Centralia can drone a little in places, and almost touches on music reminiscent of that you'd relax to while having a deep tissue massage. But take the time to listen properly and you'll realise it's beautifully crafted.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs only sound sleeker, more melodic, more intensely stoned.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PUP
    There are plenty of shout-a-long moments along the way though (the frantic whoa’s and blah-blah’s on ‘Lionheart’ arrive at exactly the right time), and all-in-all it’s an extremely commendable effort that solidifies PUP as one of this year’s bands to get sweaty to at a festival.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because despite the weight that this album carries, the overall feel is of a celebration of life itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Loom, Fear of Men have created something more than mere fragments; a record which could engulf you if you give it chance; where sounds and textures merge together to create a beautifully bleak story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sure, FOTL's protagonist is as pissed off with 'The Industry' as ever, but throughout much of the 14-track beast that is How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident, there doesn't feel to be quite enough venom seeping through.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever the contributing factors to Bubblegum and 'Bulldozer', it's clear this is Devine brimming with confidence and energy--and to remarkable effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We can’t choose how we’re made but we can choose what we make, and what Against Me! have crafted here is nothing short of exceptional.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These deranged components act as one, swinging into motion in one fatal blow. That it comes out sounding seamless is another thing altogether.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though 'Europe' is an enchanting and elegant record, this is not a giant leap forward.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with all Dan Deacon albums, 'America' is a challenging listen and at times the sheer amount of things going on becomes a bit much, however it is also a supremely powerful album from a musician at the very top of his game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like a theatrical sound with a dose of anarchy, quirk and unpredictability, this record comes highly recommended.