Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    90
    Quarter Turns Over a Living Line is the group's fine and uneasy full-length debut.
  2. With Quarter Turns Over A Living Line Raime fleshes out the promise of earlier work and delivers one 2012′s most compelling and listenable experimental records.
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    70
    Quarter Turns Over a Living Line is neither an easy, nor comforting listening, and absorbing the entire album can occasionally leave the listener gasping for air. However, as a portrait of a dystopian 21st century musical landscape, there is little better than this brand of pure British blackness.
  4. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    This is an astonishing album, but not an easy listen.
  5. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    An album that is both powerful in its execution of an idea, but also quite sure of its own modest signature.
  6. Nov 21, 2012
    72
    There's a sense of discovery to Quarter Turns Over a Living Line, with Andrews and Halstead unveiling the slow evolution of their sound over its 40-minute runtime.
  7. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    It's a more expansive, more ambitious and more accomplished Raime than we've heard before.
  8. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    Raime are past masters of sombre carnage, and this here is their moment.
  9. Dec 5, 2012
    80
    By zeroing in on the darkness at the heart of an economy demanding a constant turnover of novelty, they've made something deeply essential for the moment. [Nov 2012, p.57]
  10. Nov 21, 2012
    100
    Quarter Turns embodies a shadowed and daunting environment with such an abundance of beauty that it bears contrast rather than resemblance to that damning abode, for the former remains an uncontrollably agreeable environment, despite its grim and unnerving allure.
  11. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    In places it has a feel of soundtrack work, strangely restrained for such club fiends, but their grasp of pensive, unsettling dynamics is firm. [Jan 2013, p.80]

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