DIY Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,869 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Lowest review score: 20 Songs for Our Mothers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1869
1869 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s still barely any light allowed in, but Protomartyr’s prowess at channeling darkness into something cathartic has never been stronger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The frustration comes from Stains on Silence's propensity for a feeling little bit too rough around the edges, unfinished almost, despite it’s reworking.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not just its hooks sunny disposition that makes Bay Dream the album it is, however. From start to finish, this is one of the finest examples of punk rock songwriting we’ve seen in 2018 so far from a band whose momentum off the back of last album ‘Peach’ should only increase in velocity off the back of this
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If there’s anything to criticise Hope Downs for, it’s its risk-averse approach, and tendency to become a one-dimensional listen, but as a debut record, it presents a band that know exactly what they’re doing, and proceed to do it very well indeed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Melody’s weird medley may not be as accessible as her debut, but it’s a work of art that deserves to be beheld for its impressive and unique innovation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sugar & Spice cements her as the modern day successor to dream pop titans Cocteau Twins from the get-go.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The title of serpentwithfeet’s debut full-length soil is perhaps literal then: a return to his roots and a celebration of finally having found his feet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The singer-songwriter continues along that trajectory with her most cohesive, accomplished and undeniably catchy collection of songs to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enduringly addictive and devoid of arty pretentiousness, MIEN is evidently an album made by true connoisseurs of psychedelic music both old and new. Like-minded audiophiles will find plenty to cheer about across these ten tracks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    1, 2, Kung Fu! is a fun, beautiful, and accomplished reminder of the joy of discovery. It’s the kind of record that encourages you to keep a close ear to its many layers, peeling each one back to reveal a Krautrock pulse here, a soul groove there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Totalling eight songs and clocking in at just over 30 minutes, Two Parts Together feels surprisingly well-rounded and complete, with strange journeys taking place within each track, and enough crunch to keep things exciting right up to its thundering climax.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bad Contestant is a stunning debut with two very opposing personalities.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a diversity of stylistic approach and yet a singularity of vision that few artists are able to combine so early on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a record in its creator’s image; curious, insightful, eclectic and - most of all--good fun, against the odds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a further sense of spiriting when harps show up on the tracks ‘Limbs’ and ‘Take Him In’, and ultimately this album succeeds as an ominous exercise in atmosphere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is clearly an album of personal and musical growth for Lykke Li--it’ll be interesting to see where she goes next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    She’s not quite there yet, but after a wobble that could have sunk lesser personalities, she’s found a sound that feels authentic again. And that’ll do for now.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is peppered with slower solo tracks, but it’s the crunchy, full band material that really points the way forward, adding another name to the growing list of songwriters that are giving indie-rock a new, more relatable voice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His third album is an engrossing, deeply atmospheric trip, helmed by seven-minute monster ‘A Boat To An Island On The Wall’, that serves as a repositioning as well as a new highlight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With each track melting into each other, LUMP feels like a self-contained trip, giving no hints as to the future of the project outside this release, but holding plenty of wonder inside.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s smart and knowing, flitting between perspectives with ease. Barely a year after his last, Josh Tillman makes this shit look easy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Celebratory, rich and more confident than ever before, they’re yet again the finest versions of themselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of ‘Complete Surrender’’s sonic diversity, too, might find ‘Now That I’m a River’ similarly one-note to ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More’. It’s a better record, though, primarily because Charles sounds genuinely refreshed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stepping away from her bandmates, LoveLaws is an even more personal exploration of TT’s affective talents.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tell Me How You Really Feel is a more mature record, and lyrically the most direct and honest Courtney has been to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    La Luz play with an enchanting sensitivity. If only their raw knack for rhythm and harmony were left untouched by unnecessarily glossy production.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cosmic Wink is largely free from inhibition though, documenting the big changes in life over beautiful, sweeping folk. While the album doesn’t hold all the answers, it’s still sure enough in its message to connect and remind you of the important things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    7
    Seven albums in, and with a formula that’s kept its core elements largely the same, it’s largely Beach House by-numbers, but the pair have a gravitational pull that looks like it will never run dry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s all executed with the same kind of effortless charm that’s characterised Malkmus’ entire career.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Daniel’s latest project is easily his most mature work. It might also be his best.