Fact Magazine (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 428 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Trilogy
Lowest review score: 10 Education, Education, Education & War
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 428
428 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sandison and Eoin have produced an album that, in spite of its considerable runtime, is genuinely absorbing and convincing in its narrative sweep.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a portrait of a city, and a person, Acid Rap is about as good--and as honest--as they come.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Witchhouse appears unable to develop far beyond its basic origins, but Dexter instead hones, and in the process has produced something of a genre zenith--making slow-moving, essentially eventless music persistently compelling. No mean feat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Run the Jewels is savage and witty, rich in gritty truths and genuinely affecting wisdom. It may not be the best thing either artist has done, but fans of both will still find plenty to love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Ciara sounds] blissfully triumphant and uncomplicated on a record from start to finish.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than a portrait of Fuck Buttons’ time in the studio, Slow Focus is a hovering meditation on a distant, eerie landscape; a panorama with a sustained, totalising gaze that figures an expanse in perpetual decay and dis-ease.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s an impressive achievement--and, what’s more, one that’s likely to piss of his fans a treat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s definitely an ancient, unformed quality here, and it results in some of Lustmord’s most inspiring work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the songs on Swisher are occasionally a little too long--even the shortest is more than five minutes, and ‘Andrew’ nearly 10--they’re mostly dynamic and varied enough that boredom never really has the chance to set in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Minor issues like that [decision to release Stranger Than Fiction as a hybrid album/mixtape led to some questionable choices] make Stranger Than Fiction very good rather than great, but Gates hasn’t sacrificed any of the characteristics that garnered all this recent attention.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Dagger Paths was a revelation, Engravings is a refinement, long to arrive but worth the wait.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aerotropolis manages to navigate its concept without being crushed by the weight of it, and is a thoroughly enjoyable LP that--perhaps like Ikonika herself--will only mature with time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hesitation Marks follows the musical lineage that began with The Fragile, but it surpasses recent NIN albums thanks to a deeply personal thematic core and a willingness to push the songwriting into territory that is often dancier and poppier than listeners have come to expect from the band.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering the trio are relative newcomers to dance music, the programming throughout Factory Floor is acutely deft. Elegant, in fact; so much so that the sound can comfortably be described as chic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although imperfect, The Electric Lady is a huge statement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately the genius of Kiss Land‘s production lies in its ability to literalise Tesfaye’s fractured state of mind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like much of the best music of recent times, Colonial Patterns sits outside of chronology, peering fascinatedly in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On paper Vapor City looked like Stewart’s descent into a sump of his own pompousness; in reality it’s anything but.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old
    It’s an album that feels measured and well timed and yet avoids sounding over-polished or awkwardly stage-managed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result, unexpectedly, is his most ambitious record yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Only ‘The Seasons Won’t Change (And Neither Will You)’ feels slightly extraneous. Otherwise, Restless Idylls is all we might have hoped for in a Tropic Of Cancer LP.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The journey bounds from emotional high to low and back again: ecstasy and agony can both cause tearful eyes and heart palpitations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chance of Rain hinges on uncertainty and fluctuating pressure, not outpouring. It’s impersonal, then, but never inhuman.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering that Ferreira is a twenty-one-year-old major label pop artist exploring indie rock on a highly-anticipated debut, songs born of manifold frustration and uncertainty, Night Time, My Time is a defiant and assured listen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though a marginally lesser album than predecessor MAYA, Matangi is nevertheless dynamite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Remember Your Black Day is about that feeling of grim portent, the cold fear that leaks in through your TV screen, the dread that hunts you down, even as you sprawl on a sun lounger and sip your cocktail and stare out at the sea.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As anyone who’s spent a night lurking by the subwoofers knows, these tracks have the power to rearrange internal organs. Uncomfortable though that may sound, it’s a pleasure to experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nun is easily the most focussed and incisive record Teengirl have released to date.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When the whole thing drops back to its kickdrum-hi-hat backbone in the closing minute, it’s as stringent, and as satisfying, as any techno moment of recent times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rap Album One breaks away from rap conventions in an effortless manner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The hard-won fruits of this album have been worth it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alternate/Endings is as bleak as it is imaginative, a drum ‘n’ bass opus from a producer who hasn’t quite turned his back on hip-hop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These four tracks may cry out for proper soundsystems and bear many of dance music’s hallmarks, but their lengths (they add up to nearly half an hour), discordant layering and meandering structures render them more suited to body listening than the dancefloor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is not just exciting for its sound, but for what it promises too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here’s an hour or so of music that’s cold as the cosmos and as unsentimental as physics, but something you can nonetheless gaze upon in awe.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than the stunt-casting found in some dance-pop albums, the vocalists here exist intrinsically and organically in the songs, their vocals weaved into the fabric rather than simply wearing it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghettoville might chronicle a dark patch for Actress, but once it hits its stride it’s as good, and as full of life, as anything he has produced.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, fine songs. But in part, though, a little of the success of July should be attributed to producer Randall Dunn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In short, this album holds together even better than On a Mission, and Katy B is still our best pop star.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Herndon is quite unique, using her instrument to engage in a constant dialogue with her immediate environment in such a way that makes conventional divisions --between the natural and the synthetic, or between the everyday and the extraordinary--seem dated.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album’s electronic feel sharpens the idea of sterility and a frictionless modern life, while providing, as British electronica has done since the days of John Foxx, a lexicon for existential nothingness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boy
    This may be Carla Bozulich’s take on pop music, but Boy is rarely anything short of cathartic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Love Letters proves to have all the pop addictivenss that Riviera did.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Say Yes To Love feels like a purging, 20-odd minutes of urgent expulsion that leaves you feeling exhausted, elated and renewed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfidelity stands out as a keeper.
    • 82 Metascore
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    More sweeping and grand than any of their previous records, the trio’s fourth LP is by far their most cinematic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s Album Time is an impressively balanced and varied record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Future’s lyrical sensitivity wouldn’t work without the album’s pitch-perfect production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plenty of new producers are doing interesting things on the outer fringes of the style--Filter Dread is probably Runge’s closest contemporary--but nobody sounds quite like this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bécs is seldom unapproachable; it’s also his style to leave just enough beauty poking through the seams.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Al Qadiri doesn’t just walk the line, she strides.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You could even argue that To Be Kind is Gira’s first rock ‘n’ roll album, and though Swans’ records are invariably seedy, To Be Kind is downright sexy, tender like a snake and surprisingly intimate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If his aim was to give musical form to the eastern DRC’s “unnerving beauty and unflinching horror”, then A U R O R A is a dazzling success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It succeeds as an exploration of bodies, but more specifically, of the kinds of tension created by the dichotomies between them and within them, throughout an intimately crafted pop record that treads that careful line between wallowing and pleasure in the way that all the very best pop records do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cutler’s music hasn’t tended to concern itself with tension so much as otherwordly harmony. When he introduces a bit of friction--between the real and the imagined, the grit of life and the sheen of fantasy--the results are all the more seductive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey remains a singular figure in music, sounding (and addressing the idea of authenticity) like no one else.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By and large, the songs on Why Do the Heathen Rage? are brilliantly executed hybrids that manage to subvert received ideas even once you’ve processed the album’s premise, thanks to superb transposing and Daniel’s knack for lashing together motifs from utterly different styles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ominousness is woven into the fabric of Until Silence, where beauty and bleakness coexist synergistically, as though it’s impossible to have one without the other.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Krell’s most complete album to date: not because it exactly answers the question of where his position is in relation to pop--nor the question of the title, nor any questions at all--but because it perfectly captures that oscillation that has always been at the centre of his work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with bold ideas and striking new forms, Da Mind Of Traxman Volume 2 is as good a testament as any to the ongoing vitality of footwork.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even given the sheer wealth of variety and detail Fhloston Paradigm crams in, it’s never lofty or inaccessible; instead, it both upholds an electronic music convention even as it carves its own singular niche.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    La Roux’s march may has slowed to a stroll, but she proves here that she can captivate at any pace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shabazz Palaces deserve credit where it’s due for building their sound outward; if Black Up established their status as hip-hop outliers, then Lese Majesty solidifies their place in the pantheon of rap’s oddball geniuses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is a good example of how to revive twenty-year-old sample relics and construct new, wildly dilapidated material from them like they were so much reclaimed timber.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Production-wise, the album sounds as if it could have easily slipped from any number of top tier rap labels, yet with Gates at the helm, the journey is deeper, darker and far more invigorating than anything from the last couple of years with a Rozay, Em or Hov co-sign.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    As with any major pop album, LP1 is a crew effort, there’s no doubt as to whose hand is on the rudder.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By and large, though, Moiré counters spontaneity with poise.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Drone albums are by their nature immersive, but it’s rare to come across one so tempestuous, evocative and compelling from start to finish as Wilderness of Mirrors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Punish, Honey intrigues, but it’s the prospect of where Seb Gainsborough goes next that’s really fascinating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Too Bright creates a captive audience in its effusive refusal to let you look away.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ital has finally found a place to call home, and it suits him very well indeed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rich and disorientating, KOCH accesses a different pace of life--or rather several, bewilderingly, all at once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each track says something different, but with his honest subject matter and his unique arrangements constantly in focus, Snaith never loses his way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aquarius is quite a complicated and accomplished album in that it’s amplified the potential of the mixtapes, making Tinashe into an unquestionable contender for real popstar status, without sacrificing the weirdo introspective soul that made them so special.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soused may not be the best record either Sunn O))) or Walker have released in the last few years--those accolades go to Monoliths & Dimensions and The Drift, respectively--but it’s still an endlessly compelling work, the match between singular solo artist and the pivotal group every bit as thrilling as you’d expect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the sheer energy on display that pushes Run The Jewels 2 through. The production is popping throughout, funky as hell, and often dotted with unexpected twists and turns.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As its title suggests, Quixotism’s narrative arc is obscure, and as such the album contains no real highlights or low points; instead, each part maintains a discrete identity of its own, serving both as groundwork for each subsequent part and the basis for its counterpoint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drums are present, but they often function as little more than pensive timekeepers. All the better to frame those tunes – artful, delicate things, rarely saying more or less than they need to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Pinkprint is ultimately Nicki’s most cohesive project.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its complex web of emotion and sound make for one of the most confounding yet gripping albums made in 2014; while it isn’t without its flaws, it captures the zeitgeist in a way that few other albums have managed this year, and has both revelers and detractors speaking passionately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In Visa, Ripatti has constructed an album evocative of one extremely specific place--and it’s a place which couldn’t have been accessed by anybody but him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An incredibly interesting debut album that's nearly as clever as its creators intended.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's playful and skittish, with equal time spent showcasing Black Milk's sample (and scratch!)-heavy beats and Brown's rhymes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Bananas manage that ridiculously difficult feat of changing your sound up pretty massively without the whole thing feeling like a jarring shift in aesthetic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many of its strongest tracks are those that see Q take his foot off the gas, playing to more traditional communicative strengths in hip-hop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When it works, it makes for gloriously contradictory pop--it's just a shame that the formula isn't a little more consistent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rich Forever is a supremely confident mixtape, which is probably why it is extremely entertaining in small chunks, but can be witheringly boring listened to in its entirety.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The meandering, incidental quality of their music works alternately in their favor and against them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the final result may be uneven in places, if you leave your inhibitions at the airlock you're guaranteed an enjoyable ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not going to make techno fans fall in love with noise, or noise fans fall in love with techno, but for those who, er, bat for both sides, it's a dream come true.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Keychain Collection is an album of miniatures painted in tiny brushstrokes, and its relative attenuation belies the richness of its details.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personality's not a start-to-finish winner like Glass Swords was, but it's refreshing and gratifying to hear Scuba step out from the shadow of the Berghain and dreary discussions of the "dubstep-techno crossover", and start to release some music that sounds like it was fun to make.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unwanted Chris Brown presence aside, All Of Me is a coherent, concise album that--hearteningly--is most characterised by its creator's overflowing wells of confidence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pretty Ugly is occasionally tender, sometimes facetious; thrillingly mechanical, let down by human voices; frequently adventurous, often injudicious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a fine collection of songs and although there is nothing here to dispel the feeling that even if this is no masterpiece, that doesn't mean that Ranaldo won't be producing one sometime in the near future.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His solo work tends to be more delicate--with Audience Of One capturing him at his most porcelain.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Underpinning the shots White fires at the world has always been a deep-seated melancholy that she brings out effectively here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kill For Love matures with each listen, and there's enough craftsmanship at work to more than compensate for the more listless moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I'm still waiting for the Tin Album that will bowl me over and convince me of his importance, but Vienna Blue is a loafered step in the right direction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Block Brochure is a daunting proposition and quite simply a difficult amount of music to process. This is unfortunate, though, given the sheer number and variety of gems strewn throughout.