DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,071 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Lowest review score: 20 Let It Reign
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1071
1,071 music reviews
    • 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
    Because despite the weight that this album carries, the overall feel is of a celebration of life itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a work that demonstrates how sheer and utter horror can be turned into music, and while that may not appeal to the majority, the fact that someone is brave enough to do it is really quite brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Primrose Green, Walker has created a mystical record, balancing idyllic sonics with moving sensibility.
    • 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
    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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Joyce Manor are more than comfortable with their own sound now--they’re effortlessly confident with it, and Never Hungover Again is a stark reminder of just how much fun you can actually have without alcohol pumping through your veins.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is dense, slippery, wily, and flung together effortlessly like a meticulously rehearsed sleight of hand. Boy, is it worth the legwork.
    • 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s an undeniably strong album, in which existing fans will find much to love. It just isn’t quite ‘Heartland’.
    • 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
    An early contender for one of 2015’s most welcome returns.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With this record Hopkins has finally succeeded in putting on record a definitive statement of his musical vision and ideas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs only sound sleeker, more melodic, more intensely stoned.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambition often manifests itself into self-indulgence, and from the off you're convinced Field Of Reed could slip into said territory. But it's an exceptional case, where its makers hit the jackpot, where imagination runs riot and gets away with every daring feat, each one more foolish than the previous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is perhaps no band with a greater appreciation of the sheer joy and thrill of pop music in its purest form than Saint Etienne. 'Words And Music By Saint Etienne' is not only their own unique take on what pop means to them it is also an incredibly fine album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not all change though, there is still a sense of continuity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Familiars may not be as obviously fervently intense as their previous work but the truth is its emotional weapons have just been wrapped in a beautiful bow.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pissed Jeans are loud, they're angry; they're buoyant, they're funny; they're introspective and melancholic. They're totally original, and of their time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overgrown demonstrates that for all Blake's myriad talents as a producer he still isn't able to carve a great song out of a simple idea.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is about taking control back. It does it with conviction and vigour, with squalling guitars and wiry bass lines.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of stirring highs and deeply intimate confessions takes the traditional live album to a new level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its meandering ways may endear or annoy in equal measure, but it’s hard to argue that there is a consistency or pure quality to see this album rank alongside its illustrious predecessor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soaring arrangements and long tracks create a journey, as engaging as it is dramatic.