Fact Magazine (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 448 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 448
448 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall this is a fine, and occasionally transcendent, stepping up of Fiona's game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s so clean, stylish and pleasant that few will rubbish it, so the spotlight is instead shone on select tracks whose impact is then over-stretched as they try to inject some gravitas into how fluffy it can be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fact is, what we're presented with here isn't filler exactly, but it's certainly not killer either.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whether or not an attempt to be faithful to the original recordings (which kind of defeats the purpose), his compositions are, while lyrical, touching and impressively accomplished, fairly middle of the road.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's unlikely to garner them a new generation of fans, as an exercise in generating fresh fodder for their festival sets it's effective enough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the overall feeling of Mature Themes is of a band and songwriter that don't really care. So why should we?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are much worse records out there but at the end of the day, and somewhat ironically, it's just much too kind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a record that masks its lack of content under swathes of super-hip production tics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing here resembling stadium polish: if anything, the lush arrangements often yield subtly fascinating results.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    II
    The pacing is tentative, the tone one of suppressed pain, and the FX custom-designed to denote ‘meaningfulness’ or emotional sensitivity--all rustic organ sounds and tinkling guitar notes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Spun out over a sometimes painful hour, NYC, Hell 3:00AM is a mess of an album that, despite a questionable concept, still has plenty of genuine highs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On Evolve or be Extinct he spends an uncomfortable amount of time simply sounding doddery.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So safely, solidly familiar is Hawk's third album that it's enough to make you nostalgic for the sound as it splutters on its deathbed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A fair and fine experiment in folk that sees a more mature and worldly Lynch gently come to the fore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s very little sense of a uniting personality, and you’re left wondering how genuinely great an album H&LA might make, how much more they would feel like a band rather than a conceptual project, if they cut loose as much as they do on ‘The Key’.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Instrumental Tourist is unlikely to be viewed as anything more than an unimposing footnote between solo records.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Body Music lacks both the pace and range required to sustain repeated listens, and rests too heavily on one--and even two-year old singles to bolster its overall quality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The lion's share of this album is sprawling, confused, and almost grotesquely misshapen--a grand experiment with disappointing results.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is unexpected; thick, major label-backed, acoustically driven independent pop songs with a folkish tinge, laced with soft electronics and David Bryne-like vocals. BBC Radio 2 beckons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As with Hive Mind, the record's most interesting moments are its briefest, almost as if Martin-McCormick's strongest ideas are the implied ones, the unrealised ones.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The changes aren't especially radical, but they're noticeable--and it frequently feels like Vasquez has nudged over a line he might have done better to shy away from.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ex
    EX is not awful, but it’s certainly not good either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album’s periods of gestation and decomposition so outweigh its moment of flowering that a full listen is much more a chore than a pleasure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tanlines's debut comes across as well-meaning but overly earnest, overly-invested and trying hard to do many things at once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flop moments aside though, Rebellious Soul ticks the prerequisite boxes of classic r’n'b: confessional tales of love, loss and longing sung with passion and sincerity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even when new ideas poke their way through, the knowledge in the back of your mind of how great a Terror Danjah album in 2012 could and should be sours the tight-lipped lack of fun on display here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While this EP showcases some interesting ideas, even its best moments fall short of his work as Audion or False.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Homosapien doesn’t possess quite the same spirit as Church With No Magic but is certainly a surefooted step somewhere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When Teengirl are on form, their music is a heady thing: house music sent delirious on a glut of ideas, or pop working to some half-known criteria. It's an unstable edifice, though, and too often the results fall flat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Coupled with a diminished knack for melody and slower (r'n'b-aping) tempos, conveying a vaguely subdued mood, the difficult Fragrant World just isn't what most people would consider fun.