DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,545 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Run the Jewels 3
Lowest review score: 20 Let It Reign
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1545
1545 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though some of their peers may have waned on their long, drawn out returns, Sleater-Kinney have only grown stronger in their time off. Ten years away has made them more essential than ever. Nostalgia be dammed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ratworld is that rarest of beasts--a debut album that’s got a backstory running deeper than all six seasons of Lost, but still sounds like it’s delivered without any requirement for effort whatsoever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a debut like few others. In fact, the only way we’ll ever get another record like Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is if Barnett hits Groundhog Day. It’s beyond bonzer, mate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A journey of self-discovery, confidence abounding like limits simply don’t exist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    over again. A snarling, twisted, mischievous creation, Foil Deer is a leaping, high-spirited joy of a record.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    II
    II is an advert to be a whole new generation’s Sonic Youth or Nirvana and on this performance, you’d be foolish not to buy in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    After years of the slow build, the release is here. Believe the hype.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything Everything have sculpted a masterpiece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s still a work that’s defined by its own dynamism. Anyone following these guys from the start won’t have doubted their capabilities, but that doesn’t stop A Dream Outside from dwarfing expectations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is music in its purest, most experimental form. This is a record which doesn’t make sense, because it doesn’t have to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s a constant feeling that instead of edging towards going one bigger, this band have embraced their calling. And if Foals didn’t already have enough songs in their arsenal to top festival bills, they’ve just added ten more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Too
    Too is a big, dumb-smart, happy-sad, universally-specific beast of a record, then.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More confident in their own musical skins, it all adds together to make Every Open Eye a second album even better than the first.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More than one kitchen sink has been proudly gafer-taped to their musical fun bus; every idea--however half-formed--integrated with complete confidence. Delivered with the swagger of someone who’s just half-inched Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat, it works spectacularly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    V
    Contagious and sarcastic, in-your-face and self-aware yet ultimately all about cutting loose, Wavves have offered up an album that proves themselves as leaders in the punk pack.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s impossible to resist the instant, limb-grabbing appeal of the pop music Grimes is making here, and dizzyingly big, this is a record about shaking off every constraint, and wrenching hold of reality with both fists.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not to Disappear is intentionally difficult to stomach. It finds a dark pit to nestle in and then digs deeper. But few acts could deliver these unceasingly grim details with such majesty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beyond anything, A Moon Shaped Pool feels like the beginning of a new chapter--the first time these five have merged their own idiosyncrasies without compromising or crossing wires.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Alas Salvation, they’ve set a marker for every borderline-insane newcomer emerging in the next decade.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In equal parts an unequivocal call to arms and an excitable ode to a wonderful friendship, even in the company it keeps. RTJ3 shines.
    • 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.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Simple, catchy, and ruthlessly energetic, it’s an irresistible mix, and refreshing to hear a band oozing with such raw passion.
    • 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.