Playlouder's Scores

  • Music
For 823 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Funeral
Lowest review score: 0 Empire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 823
823 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'We Are The Pipettes' is perfection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's about the best a studio grime album can be.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The problem is that I Created Disco goes on for nearly an hour and barely changes tack once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are many more interesting artists out there doing the kind of thing Jamie does with more panache and originality with voices that don't make me want to throw myself under an underground train, but they're not from Wimbledon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might be easy to criticise 'Those The Brokes' as a stab at busting through into the MOR mainstream, but it's fairer to see it as The Magic Numbers developing their expression while staying faithful to their core sound, and quiet charm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This album is fucking brilliant – it made me want to cut my hair, paint the ceiling, fuck the postman and burn the disco down. So I did. Then I curled up in a corner, cried, and shat myself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The band have colonised the rich turf at the intersection of meticulously structured mope-rock and free-flowing three-chord pop, where moments of resignation cosy up alongside twinkling hopes for the future like Winehouse to the sauce.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've totally nailed it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It was possible to ignore Schnauss' new age leanings previously but they're rammed home mercilessly here making too much of this album sound like Enya-period Sigur Ros.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, it's the relentless energy, humour and versatility which makes this record stand out and apparently their albums are merely incidental compared to their stunning live shows.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is closer to the thrash end of their style then the folk, and the music reflects the anger in the songs brilliantly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Disappointing, frustrating and exhausting, 'Astronomy For Dogs' finds a band trying too hard to cram too much into one sitting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As White Stripes albums go, 'Icky Thump' is a goodie, and there's no resting on of laurels either.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One trick pony's they may arguably be, but they've done the same trick twice and pulled it off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In isolation you can imagine any of these songs may have appeared over the last 10 years giving a warm comforting feel, but listened in its entirety the effect is strangely soporific, a steady morphine drip running from start to end.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The good news is that for a bunch of brats they're well in control of the complex, riddling, labyrinthine structures that go toward making the perfect pop punk songs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, it's even better than expected.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone expecting any of the more experimental tangential qualities of the German group will be disappointed, as will anyone expecting intense lyrical workouts from Smith. Instead we have an extremely convincing whistlestop tour round current electronic music with a partially deranged, completely eccentric lexicographer raving brilliantly over the top.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's nothing quite as immediate or fantastic as 'Disposable Teens' here, but the album on the whole is a triumph.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Well as befits such a completely uncompromising visionary/awkward pain in the arse (delete one if you can be bothered) it veers between the preposterously awful 'Genuine Lullabelle' with its bewildering spoken word passages and the awesome wire taut assault of 'Be Prepared'.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A patchy, flawed effort.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is not just an album that can be appreciated by fans of the avant-garde, pop and rock alike but a genuine fuck you to the people claiming modern music has nowhere left to go.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Listen to this record and you realise that by comparison, Robbie Williams does actually have some soul. And if that's not a damning indictment of one of the most execrable records you're likely to hear this decade, I don't know what is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is classic timeless pop.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their brilliance lies in writing the crassest, most obvious, lowbrow hooks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a whole, the album feels less definite, less driven, than the 'Want…' albums, which is both a strength and a weakness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If 2004's 'A Ghost Is Born' was an experimental step too far then 'Sky Blue Sky' finds a band regressing tamely in to Dad-rock. Wilco need to rediscover that middle ground that suits them so well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As good as 'Tio Bitar' is, it's actually a weaker album than 'Ta Det Lungt' in some respects.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    As concept albums go, this one wears very thin very quickly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest albums of the year.