DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,108 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 II
Lowest review score: 20 Let It Reign
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 1108
1,108 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s no easy feat for a band to push themselves to the absolute limit, and with every shimmering strum of a guitar and shattering bassline of Sea When Absent, it’s clear ASDIG are giving it their all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The jaunty, energetic hints of Britpop cast aside, this is Gaz Coombes the adult man, writing adult songs, and they’re really rather great.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The glue between ten ambitious tracks, she holds her own and sounds more relevant than ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    over again. A snarling, twisted, mischievous creation, Foil Deer is a leaping, high-spirited joy of a record.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This record could well have been made 20 years ago, such is its timeless quality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each song feels like a separate vignette, but putting your finger on the exact theme isn't easy; more often it's left entirely to the interpretation of the listener.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the few songs that feature the vocal backing of Condon the fullness that immediately hits the ear makes me realise that introducing another voice or even another medium to the mix would enhance the listening experience of this album by at least 75%.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Innovative, cerebral and yet totally accessible, Total Strife Forever is an incredibly impressive record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Expect Delays chugs along at a pleasant pace – ‘Bad Year’ is particularly cheerful, considering its title. If there’s a delay to be had, it’s probably the fact that it takes a few listens to warm to the album as a whole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    A punch drunk brawler with a heart, it's the pay off to a perfect evolution.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fire will simmer out, and one day this record will sound ridiculously dated, but for the time being it is everything 2013 requires.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That there’s nothing particularly ‘new’ about Morning Phase is by no means a fault: this is acoustic Beck, and it’s acoustic Beck at his most sublime.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A glorious mix of the human and machine where you don’t know what you’re going to get until it happens. It’s the best kind of surprise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Often doesn’t even sound like a record at all, and more like a live set.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The songs are strong--varying from ‘I Just Don’t Understand’’s jazz bar mood-changer to closer ‘New York Kiss’’ emotional farewell--but Spoon can be better than that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is one of the most engaging dance albums you're likely to hear this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slight emptiness aside, this is one of the most confident, self-assured debuts of the year--striking, exciting, and intimidating to Little Dragon fans everywhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goon is gluttonously full of rich sounds, but it’s the running thread that counts: That voice, and its ability to sing about experiences like they’re universal stories, not a means of self-indulgence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are some wonderful moments, the single ('We No Who U R') and the title track are starkly magnificent, but the general feel is a bit of a comedown.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole record initially comes off like a collision of crackpot thoughts; abstract lyrics; abstract synthetics; all abstract everything. Eventually Lese Majesty exposes its rigid structure, giving hints of ‘Black Up’ but overall daring to go further and deeper than anything on the debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the lyrical focus on family life, this record is their most personal, powerful and cathartic yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This may not be what we were expecting, and it may not be the Paramore that we’ve come to know and love. But, at the same time, here are a band still discovering who they are, and this album may stand as an important step on that path.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monomania is an easy album to become monomaniac about.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Consistently, Short Movie is wonderfully unlike anything she has ever attempted before.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They use a quiet/loud formula to epic create drone-filled symphonies, which rumble, crackle and erupt perfectly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their magic remains as strong as ever.