DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,560 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 II
Lowest review score: 20 Last of Our Kind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1560
1560 music reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Muncie Girls might tread relatively familiar musical territory on From Caplan to Belsize, it’s Hekt’s acerbic, no-frills lyricism that shines brightest.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the evidence of To Pimp A Butterfly, Lamar’s work continues to place itself among the best.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This was bold move for Joyce Manor, but one that exemplifies exactly why they're loved.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Doe always hinted at such results from an LP, and Some Things Last Longer Than You delivers the lot and then some with devastating power and sincerity.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nick Cave’s lyrics have always dealt with love and grief, so while the themes seem more poignant because of his loss, in truth the content isn’t so different. It’s the raw nature of the tracks themselves that hit harder than usual.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They have managed to create an almost flawless punk album.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a year when the world’s biggest artists have put their necks on the line--Rihanna’s leave-me-alone, independent streak of ‘Anti’, Kanye West’s scatterbrained ever-changing doodle ‘The Life of Pablo’--Beyoncé can count herself as a risk-taker breaking new ground, up there with the bravest.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Backed up by lyrical content that has never been more potent and relevant, this album is proof that A Tribe Called Quest never really left.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But by going through it all, by exposing all the pain, he’s created something beautiful and vital.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coloring Book is exactly the kind of record necessary to elevate an artist from viable to visionary.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a performance, a showcase of crazy that does nothing but dazzle.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    M3LL155X is sometimes more show than substance, but it’s ultimately a sign of twigs getting more confident by the second.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s lusciously written, produced, and arranged.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Enter Shikari have made their mark with a hybrid theory of conflicting ideas but, unsure where they sit between Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead, it lacks real conviction.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To Be Kind is a unique and wonderful achievement from a unique and wonderful band.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She takes a bold, explorative leap into the centre of her own mind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a clever, sophisticated album that still oozes warmth and affection. Superficiality and loneliness have never sounded so tender and dazzling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record is a set of huge songs that’ll cement their place at the top of rock’s ranks and so much more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You’ll be hard pressed to find a better document of troubled teenagehood than Vile Child.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lonerism is an absolutely amazing and inspiring record.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As every track twists and turns, building upon their previous musical accomplishments, this feels like a band who have finally truly found their stride.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is hyperactive music, pushed to its limits.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Julia Holter always stood out as a left-field crafter of melody; this album establishes her as a unique lyric voice, too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From challenging, in your face exploration to beautifully light-as-air soulful ballads, there’s a constant idea that there’s no clue as to where the next track will swerve. There’s a feeling that Bowie is having fun too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's clearly something here, there's an evolution in what Shields is doing. But, is it any good? Yes. Is it better than 'Loveless'? Probably not--and it's unfair to compare it to a predecessor that we've had two decades to live with and love. Given its gestation, it perhaps suffers from being a less cohesive body of work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Contradictory, complex, and worthy of endless re-listens, Angel Olsen has crafted her most compelling record to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not so much a Meat Wave as it as an all-consuming fleshy tsunami. Although this breed of cut-the-brakes punk is obtrusive and in-your-face in all the right places, it offers little else in terms of versatility or gear changes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frank’s rich sense of storytelling is still here, it’s just fragmented. But once Blonde’s ambiguity begins to piece together, it becomes something remarkable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Hop Along’s frontwoman’s vocal still acts like a pummelling, emotive and unmistakable instrument, Hop Along’s sound has expanded accordingly on Painted Shut to fully accommodate her storytelling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Too Bright is a diverse, multi-faceted and all-absorbing slice of sheer mastery.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puberty 2 leaves no stone unturned in its attempt to make grim tales seem even worse than you could possibly imagine. It’s a brutally tough shock to the system, one that will leave its trace for years to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dense to the extreme, a thick fog of emotions that concedes nothing, this is as uncompromising and potentially definitive as a break-up album could ever be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, for all his determination to thumb his nose at convention, I Love You, Honeybear finds Tillman falling face first into perhaps the most expected of musical tropes: the “mature” sophomore release.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Exploring further realms--both musically and lyrically--with familiar hands, heads and hearts, this is an album, and a band, ready to give survival a go.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Familiar yet new and exciting, individualistic without being exclusive, ambitious yet welcoming and engaging, and inventive without becoming the sound of being clever for being clever's sake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A showcase of his ability and the things he loves most (Romy and Oliver Sim’s guest spots are a vital part of the LP), it’s the most confident he’s ever sounded.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More often than not, musicians determined to avoid old tropes are exhausting. But 22, A Million stands out as Bon Iver’s finest moment yet, a cross between invention and beauty that’s delivered without compromise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Van Etten has gained in confidence and widened her scope, and the results are impressive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a landmark album for a previously forgotten musician, an incredibly neat and satisfying collection of songs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the hype machine had previously inflated letlive's worth beyond their means then with this LP they are most certainly redressing that balance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their newest full-length feels both quintessential and refreshing, a modern classic which sees the band growing into more confident versions of themselves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a breathless record, one that threatens to last an eternity--such is the speed and dazzling depth at which James expresses himself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As stirring as some of the material is, there are a number of tracks where the weighty lyrical themes are coupled with languid and ponderous melodies which drag the pace right down to a deathly crawl.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s so much going on here that it can be borderline overwhelming. It’s a record that’s enigmatic, a little deceptive in places, and thoroughly gripping throughout.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a swaggering victory lap for two artists at the peak of their creativity; it's a record that sees their talents fused in the most cohesive way; it's a coming together of immense talents.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The narrative drawn by Marling throughout is at times heart-stopping, segues and recurrent motifs creating effortless enjambment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sampha’s journey to now has developed a wonderfully versatile artist, and on Process he succeeds in tying these strands of his musicianship together into a record that’s concise and focused.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Koi No Yokan the band have not only delivered on their promises, but exceeded them so, whilst remaining one of the most engaging but remarkable heavy bands of our times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    LP1 is a brave first step that she had to take. It’s not perfect, but anything this expressive and personally vital rarely is.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite all the doubts and the self-admonishing, in a strange way you won’t find a more affirming album all year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To call untitled unmastered a follow-up would be unfair, but what it reveals is that rap’s most innovative has a lot more left in his locker.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s novelistic. It’s smart. Of course it is, it’s a Destroyer album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both heavy and cumbersome and light and uncertain, it will prove difficult for some to find an entrance to it, but once you’re inside you’ll find yourself enveloped by its bold experimentation and the stunning way they execute it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It starts with a slow drip and builds to a raging flood. It’s irresistible and so eloquently convincing that despite their claims of failure, Protomartyr are unstoppable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All three members are now capable of operating on a different standing, and when I See You strikes best, it’s when these level-ups lock limbs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A bright, well constructed and boldly vivid first outing, showing a first rate ear for instantly osmosing melody, this debut is written for the Christine in everyone.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a record that does more than just pitch him just leagues ahead of anyone else in the game; it’s a portrait of a man who’s more than happy to invent a whole new one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part this is a flawless, breathless lap around both pop and "underground" music. 'Devotion' is the sound of modern pop, modern love - and heartbreak.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each track feels like a different corner of Pusha T’s mind, all coming together to form a complete brain, glimmering with glitz and glamour on the surface and exploring darkness and deep thought below. If this is ‘The Prelude’, imagine what Pusha T can do with the rest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Muchacho is a record which can soothe even the darkest nights and moods.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It presents itself as an almost impossible follow-up, but Goodness more than holds its weight, and shows its beauty in time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is intelligent dance music (with no capital letters)--clever and warm, sophisticated and joy
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boards of Canada have created a fascinating vision, one that will reveal more and more gifts over time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the foreboding darkness within their offerings, there are still glimpses of light that shimmer within.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Goldfrapp's singles collection is a triumph of compellingly brilliant classy pop.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Definitely an album of two halves, by the time you hit ‘Ferris Wheel’ and ‘Destroyer’ the record drifts off into Dylan-isms that while are nice enough, don’t carry the same idiosyncratic weight of ‘Singing Saw’ or ‘Drunk and On A Star’ that will some day carve out a classic from this hugely promising talent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After eleven songs of depth, colour and excitement--songs that grow more vivid with every listen--it’s always a shame to reach the slow decompression of ‘The End, Again’, but as the title suggests, it won’t be the first time, nor the last.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seals the chapter of Jordan’s late teens, early twenties, and it lands up being his finest work by a country mile.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a record swathed in simple but effective neo-soul melodies, echoing Chance, but also early 00s R&B with its gentle pianos and smattering of light hi-hats and percussion. Warner’s own languid style of delivery only adds to the lilting nature.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Silent Earthling is far from an reinvention: it’s simply Three Trapped Tigers adapting and tinkering with everything that made ‘Route One Or Die’ such an exciting debut, to end up here with a leaner, more focused, brilliant second album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bikini Daze proves that MØ has pretty much mapped out every aspect of her identity; it's up to her which path she chooses to take.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tempest has delivered a compelling, thought-provoking insight into our troubled times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What’s unique about Pinegrove is how they compress uncertainty, doubt and fear without being overbearing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album, for a short time, will make you question your sanity and the world around you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most uncomfortable elements of life, colliding to create frantic, disorganised, but completely coherent mess, this record isn’t basic. It’s anything but.
    • 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
    Letting endless threads unravel, in vivid detail, this album might creep up on you at first, but make no mistake, its creativity and poetry will floor you.
    • 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
    It’s the sound of meeting someone for the first time, pulses racing, love rising up --that’s not best expressed in pure formula. Caribou has successfully managed to see past sense, instead opting with an instinct that tends to produce dazzling results.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not hit with the sit-up-and-listen immediacy of previous albums, but make no mistake, Currents is just as accomplished.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a collection of tracks that see the potent, unafraid icon that is Carter return to the forefront of British punk and he’s using it as an opportunity to really say something.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an album which very much belongs in 2016, and an expectedly assured debut from a band who are by no means redefining the sound of New York City rock ‘n’ roll, but are laying claim to being worthy flag bearers of it going forward.
    • 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.