DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 963 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 2.3 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 963
963 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In short, Night Time, My Time is stunning.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    St. Vincent showcases Annie Clark as a fiercely accomplished musician, a relentlessly original artist, and now, an innovator of pop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their most complete record by a serious stretch, it's a work that laughs, cries, detests, adores and above anything else inspires.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Horrors go several steps further. Fragments of the group's past link together and the future illuminates in unison. Luminous is the album they've been destined to make.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite frankly, it’s a towering edifice of electronic brilliance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delicate duets, bluegrass string strumming and some of the most genuinely emotive lyrics you'll hear all year combine to produce an album of rare and beautiful quality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both varied and beautifully evocative, Voyageur is the perfect listen for merging wintery wistfulness with ethereal wonder.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Goldfrapp's singles collection is a triumph of compellingly brilliant classy pop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfume Genius is worthy of the hype, and the hyperbole: this is a fantastic record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise Ye Sunken Ships is a monster of an album, rich in credibility and one that is often raucous, but never noisy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which is deluged in melancholy of the sweetest kind, 'Threads' undoubtedly deserves your ears.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt 'Nocturniquet' is amongst the band's best work, and sufficiently different – witness for instance the loud bass-heavy synths that pervade the heavier tracks – from their career highlights that it should satisfy all comers. It's f***ing brilliant, and that's really all there is to it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A+E
    Coxon's most accomplished solo album to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is a playful, daring and capricious listen, and one of the first truly remarkable records of 2012.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most endlessly intriguing albums of the year so far.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a first collection of work from the band this is a stunning release, bursting with life and creativity and fully deserving of the attention and praise that is bound to come its way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There may well be no such thing as a ten out of ten album, a level of perfection and flawlessness that is by all likelihood totally unobtainable; but it's hard to imagine anyone coming closer than these five men from New York.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These guys just made you want to flail your arms around and shout the lyrics. Heel-stomping music. God-forbid, head-banging music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endless Flowers is an amazing effort that deserves a place at the top of its genre. This album deserves to be heard and loved. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy once it hits the stores.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's entirely possible that by proving they can make anything their own, they've become one of Britain's best bands.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a contemporary pop age of increasingly tired homogeneity, AlunaGeorge are a very welcome breath of fresh air.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics are a little more personal, the band a little more developed - it seems that this is the start of a new and exciting chapter for The Gaslight Anthem.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Shrines' is a joy from start to finish, with a sticking power that so many others seem to lack.... It would be no surprise to see Purity Ring top the end of year round-ups.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warm and opening yet still dazzlingly inventive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TOY
    What 'TOY' lacks in originality, it more than makes up for with an incredibly rich dot-to-dot of psychedelia laced musical education, and this album is, to coin an awful new musical genre, Nu-new-wave at its very best.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lonerism is an absolutely amazing and inspiring record.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An understated kaleidoscope of beautiful arrangements, raw emotion and literate songwriting that is nothing less than moving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Young Magic borrow influences from all over the place and transform them into a sound they can proudly call their own.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They have managed to create an almost flawless punk album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be a career defining record but The Something Rain is crammed full of twists and turns to create an emotionally rich and thoroughly rewarding listen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent collection of soul-bearing Americana.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inevitable result is a crisper, more polished sound.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is intelligence and creativity on display here that other bands would do well to pay attention to.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part he minimally relies on keys and strings, but the effect creates a much more powerful setting and as a result, it's difficult not to be dragged into it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mouse On Mars are returning in triumphant and rapturous fashion, both sealing their reputation as relentless innovators while basking in the glory as beacons of inspiration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where Asher Roth left house-party hip hop (or just got a little high and wandered off) Chiddy Bang pick it up but bring a whole new focus, a pop-sensibility and a very nuanced delivery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is pop music at its wittiest and most concise, yet for all its maturity and refinement, it's hard to believe that an album so youthful could be made by a group of forty-somethings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rare collection of songs that succeeds in both evoking the ethereal and forcing you to reach for the volume button.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Between The Times & Tides' is a beacon of craftsmanship and invention coated in [a] marvellously empathetic collection of pop tunes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mixed Emotions' has a track for every mood without ever sounding in the least bit forced or contrived... Finger clicking good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the album is laced with enough venom to keep existing fans happy, we defy anyone not to stamp their feet and fist pump come track nine 'I Don't Wanna'.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Shape Of Things is another compelling collection of clever electronic pop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an astonishingly good album, and the fact that it's a debut makes its stylistic and thematic consistency, as well as suave swagger, all the more to be recommended.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You'll either love it or hate it but, ignore the buzz, take it on it's own merits, and you might very well be rewarded.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, as beautiful as it is in its more subdued moments, the album feels fully realised when her alternative and mainstream instincts find each other.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Choreography is tailor made alternative pop of the highest degree, with enough ear friendly, sing-a-long melodies to entice even the 'older' generation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Dear' has a refreshing simplicity and endearing vulnerability that will gatecrash your soul and render your skip button impervious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's further proof that Orbital aren't content to stand still and rest on the laurels that have made them ones to watch at festivals. 'Wonky' as an album is sexy, smart, and filled with all the potential to smash the competition.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a lot to take in here but certainly a lot of fun to be had in the process as well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Anxiety] retains all the best things about her debut while expanding on both her sound and style.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its refined edges, percussion heavy sounds and understated opulence find the band's sonic landscape revitalised.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The final word sees Neck Of The Woods as a great alternative rock record that will hopefully spur the band onward where 'Swoon' had them treading water.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reptar have pieced emotions together, both euphoric and heartbreaking, to create a debut that, although perhaps too varied in places, is a great starting point for the quartet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Back to their scrappy, atonal, lo-fi sound of the band's early days it mightn't be, 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull' is still a good album which sees The Cribs exploring new sounds and old – stumbling upon some truly excellent songs in the process.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another triumph.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this album is your first experience of Wymeswold's favourite songs, it's unlikely you will forget them. If you're a veteran, this is a good reminder of their brilliance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Highly recommended.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Time Team' is a hugely rewarding album that delivers rich emotional laden electronic music with a human heart and an impressive debut.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A truly astonishing, unique and unchallenged sound.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best Coast will never win over the cynics who like their music to sport a more assured style of intelligence and invention, but for those who fell in love with the sunburnt stoner of old, there's plenty more to revel in, here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great album full of slightly haywire, unpretentious pop music.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very impressive debut. The best thing about it is you get the sense he has only just started.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is perhaps Sigur Rós' most human-sounding album to date, too. Prepped for intimate nights with loved ones and exhausting journeys back home; it's an album that ditches the dramatic and brings in the calm.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A complete joy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A vital, woozy summer repose, nine tracks in the perfect sequence for drifting off on a lazy, languorous May afternoon.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    '2:54' is the sound of two Fallen Angels back to steal what's left of your soul; it's sultry, it's mischievous, and it's damn near magnificent.