Fact Magazine (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 397 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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: 70
Highest review score: 100 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Lowest review score: 10 >Album Title Goes Here<
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 397
397 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instrumentally, the record has all the hallmarks of Super Furry Animals meeting Boom Bip--Rhodes and Wurlitzer, squelchy analogue synths, guitars and keyboards, metronomically tight live drums, Rhys’ brilliantly Welsh-accented American falsetto. Musically and lyrically it also possesses all of the keen humour of the former, modest and understated to a tee.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Raw Solutions is spirited, fiercely effective club music with nothing to hide.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is as life-affirming a piece of music as anything else you’ll hear this year: there’s nothing more uplifting than a good band getting better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Faced with trying to communicate a feeling as raw as lost love, he too has reached for the cliches. They may be banal and apparently devoid of sincerity, but for Blunt, they capture our inability to say what we mean or mean what we say in these strange, post-ideological times.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As long as you’re prepared to accept that it’s a Hollywood production inspired more by Steely Dan and California highways than Cajmere and French basements, then Random Access Memories is a treat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s bleak and bittersweet, and it’s very well done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Legacy’s most obviously rewarding moments, then, are when Space pushes this alien thrill to its limit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So, while ...Like Clockwork doesn’t have that many feel good hits of the summer, there are plenty of lullabies to paralyze.
    • 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.