Fact Magazine (UK)'s Scores

  • Music
For 416 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 1.9 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 416
416 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
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    The Seer is clearly brilliant, and may even be Swans' finest album yet, three decades in.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Good Kid, m.A.A.d City impresses with its diversity and scope, but it's not just a record to admire: put simply, there's an embarrassment of killer material here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even at its most oppressive (in particular the songs from Thursday), every haunted note of Trilogy seems blissful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s as if they’ve recaptured innocence. It’s the only way to describe what you feel had to have happened in order for the band to preserve the very essence of what was the music of their youth, in such a way that goes beyond replication.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Kanye’s record: a cornucopia of concepts and collaborators reduced to a singular vision. That vision is what makes Yeezus stand out as one of Kanye’s finest moments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    XXX
    XXX might just represent the most polished and fully formed manifestation of street-meets-art rap so far.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At times, notably in Born to Die's first half, it's a little too perfect, with songs meticulous to the point where they become sterile, but when it starts to find form, I can't think of an album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that was this big and sounded this good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is certainly every bit its predecessor, but through a more meditative, contemplative use of elements it is even better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transverse is an exceptionally immersive, expertly captured documentation of a tumultuous performance that has already earned a place in recent history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Henke is always at great pains to direct Monolake so that it exists in a constant dialogue with the dancefloor and with its multifarious abstract leanings, Ghosts pushes that challenge to its limits. That it succeeds on both counts whilst balancing a fictive pathway with real emotion only makes it more remarkable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as historic compilations go, this is an undeniable belter, successfully capturing music with a very particular energy worth celebrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R.I.P is a fantastical, fascinating album: as Actress intended, it feels not really of this world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost overwhelming in places, and certainly distinct, Light Asylum is, quite simply, a brilliant album from musicians who deserve immense respect.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combined with Köner's solo work, Biokinetics is a pivotal moment in electronic music and a decisive moment in one of the most important and brilliant oeuvres in contemporary music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In both musical and studio accomplishment Holy Other has come into his own as strong, individual, musical voice; Held is a strong display of this and is going to make a lot of people very happy indeed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Love Web Deep is another scintillating missive from one America's most conceptually rich hip-hop acts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Berberian Sound Studios is a wonderful, intense and darkly beautiful legacy to Keenan's unique character, and testament to the band's continuing ability as their world changes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At Shaking the Habitual’s core are the processes of deconstruction and reconstruction, so rare in the tradition of mostly reiterative pop music that the album feels transgressive, even though its underlying ideologies are reasonable rather than radical.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By blending the conceptual drive of Post-Foetus and the organic songwriting of Baths, Wiesenfeld has delivered on the promise of Cerulean and found his place among contemporaneous pop experimenters like Grimes and Autre Ne Veut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A creative leap forward doesn’t always have to mean changing your entire identity, and few albums show that as lucidly as The Weighing of the Heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s really, really beautiful--beauty as it should be in music: something precious, elusive and exotic, or indeterminate, a little sad and more than a little elegant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Holter may write stunning pop-tinged songs, but she’s an experimental artist through and through.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Doris is miles ahead of 2010’s Earl, and on it, Earl surpasses nearly all of his contemporaries (save perhaps “King of New York” Kendrick Lamar, who is comparatively a grizzled veteran at 26).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an exhilarating listen and the perfect reflection of Black Jazz Records’ singular musicians, Black Jazz Signature is a record you will probably keep and return to for life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s huge fun and sounds just as big.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the evocative title on down, there is nothing about Cut 4 Me that doesn’t challenge the listener’s expectations of what R&B can be in 2013 and beyond.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That’s the achievement of Spaces: not simply to replicate the music of Frahm’s concerts, divine though it is, but to evoke the events’ communal intimacy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyoncé is a stronger personal statement than Magna Carta… Holy Grail, less self-indulgent than The 20/20 Experience, and (in its own way) as dark and confrontational as Yeezus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record whose main theme may be death, but whose power comes from Kozelek’s vivid celebration of life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not stadium pop is to everyone’s taste, this is it in its smartest and most human form.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An extremely promising debut.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a couple of missteps and the odd moment of doubt, I can't remember the last time a series of three full-length records released this close together has captured me--and others--in the way that this has.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For music that is over 15 years old, Back on Time sounds as fresh as a sitar-wielding half-stepping daisy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeous, beguiling, strange and way way out there, records like this restore a sense of mystery and wonder to the world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than limiting this EP's scope, restricting it to the use of only one synthesizer allows Terje's innate quirkiness and sense of humour even more room to maneuver.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fin
    Despite its patchier moments, fIN's effective command of light and shade make for an involving listen, and it's a sound that's pretty much Talabot's own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Patience (After Sebald) is an unnervingly quiet album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burial's appointment as cemetery caretaker, presiding over the skeletons of rave, was always going have limited traction--after all, there's only so many ways you can express a bereavement--but perhaps in this EP he's found new purpose amongst the ruins.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record that pushes a catholic range of sounds through filter after filter, and turns out something at once smudgy and beautiful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skillfully and bewitchingly arranged, its neatest trick is in the way it enfolds so many distinct personalities into Glasper's own vision, his music always complementing their voices without ever being dominated by them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very difficult not to like these songs--for their clarity and craftmanship, but also the strength of their ideas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    4Eva and a Day is--modestly, but definitely--a triumph.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything about the record suggests a separation and a self-contained existence, like a second novel, and is wonderful for it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Acousmatic Sorcery's imperfections are unapologetic and unconcerned, largely stamping all over any chances of bringing the overall experience down.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Voices From The Lake is serene and sinister, hides more than it reveals and is so entirely absorbing that you could lose yourself in it indefinitely.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a collection of intriguing, often beautiful miniatures--gems to be cherished and enjoyed, sonic curiosities that reward repeated listening.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the best footwork album released by Planet Mu to date, and sits comfortably in the upper echelons of their discography. Traxman has set the bar incredibly high.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Five songs coming in just under 18 minutes of superior darkly-stranded pop music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LHF offer up their most extensive, immersive work to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reform Club's prime influences may be rooted in techno's past but what it lacks in formal innovation it more than makes up for with a rich and profound personal expression that will keep you company long after the rest of the world has shut down for the night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result leaves the listener with less of a sense of control and more of an experience controlled by someone who knows exactly what they are doing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unobtrusively profound statement, cradled in soft-focus melancholy, it's a willowy but towering expression of disassociation, and deeply moving.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up as the best dubstep album released this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is certainly some of El's most engaging yet, and should possess real lasting power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With this record Laurel Halo has created a strong work that, while being notable and challenging for its unusual, compact combination of pop, ambience and musique concrète, is also immersive and enjoyable for this exact reason.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not without faults, but overall it's a undoubtedly a very welcome gift.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It stands out as one of the year's most demanding, lasting listens.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Kemp's uncompromising beat patterns and bouncing, funk-infused basslines that ultimately deserve the spotlight here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the end, you only want more: you find yourself wishing that Neneh Cherry and The Thing would just go ahead and cover every song in the world in this inimitable manner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Idler Wheel... is her most adult work yet, a record that's underpinned by the fundamental grown-up characteristic of embracing one's own ridiculous, stubborn dysfunction because, Hell, what other option is there?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its most cleverly executed, Polysick's sound world is easy on the ears but never quite easy listening – entrancingly, exotically beautiful, but with a barb in its tail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The final outcome is a trebly plastic-fantastic quality, rendering Shrines closer in tone and texture to coke-rap than ethereal indie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unselfconscious and joyfully untrammelled, most importantly Never is charmingly weird--that quality so coveted by indie chancers everywhere.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A largely beatific album, it propagates love over high living, but also shipped is the urban locale, the one-dimensional serenading and the cartoonish sexuality that informs a significant percentage of mainstream r'n'b, substituted for the same precocious wisdom, emotional intelligence, writerly nuance and reasoned portrayal of lust displayed on the Tumblr post.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the occasional tendency to soar above when her songs could benefit from some earthiness, in the main Ware's sheer, confident boldness carries the day.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nguzunguzu have always had something that stood them apart from imitators, but with Warm Pulse they are coming into their own as a reference in their own right.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In terms of its complexity and level of skill on display Breakthrough is a big step up for Bensussen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Total Loss is a largely dud-free album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas 2009′s Missing Chairs carried a prissy frivolity in its floridness, Piramida is a noble, self-possessed creation; a masterclass in considered arrangement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sebenza demonstrates yet again that LV are an act as admirable as they are on, on their day, masterful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Order Of Noise [is] a meaty, satisfying listen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Zone keeps the bar propped up impressively high without treading back over old ground.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mantasy is a noticeably self-contained work: it unfolds gradually and deliberately, full of wholly beguiling details.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the album never quite reaches the tune-packed heights of 808s, the overall listen is utterly melting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rinse Presents: Royal-T takes his biggest anthems to date--the abrasive, ferocious 'Orangeade' and the gloriously untethered 'Cool Down'--and builds on them in every direction.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that is both powerful in its execution of an idea, but also quite sure of its own modest signature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's really working out for him.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Narcissist II is so compelling because it is conceptually so much more rigorous and consistent, so much richer with internal resonances than its duo-created cousins.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its core, Long.Live.A$AP succeeds because it lets Rocky be Rocky: a rapper with a unique voice and an ear for captivating beats whose lyrical shortcomings can be glossed over with healthy servings of charisma and panache.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thomson's manifesto is articulate, incisive and practically book-length.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might be their fifteenth album in a 30-year career, but Push The Sky Away proves beyond all doubt--even mine--that the group is still at the top of their game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While indebted to the music that came before it, No World is very much of the here and now.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Jamie Lidell errs on the side of caution with its inherent love affair with Prince but remains playful and original in almost every other respect, which is what makes it such a cohesive and enjoyable listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    House Of Woo is one of the sparkier dance albums of the year so far, and a gem amidst all the buncombe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welcome To Mikrosector-50 is that rare thing--an electronic full-length that demands to be consumed as album, and reveals more with each return visit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Punk Authority confirms Swanson as no longer just a man with potential, but an institution in his own right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst Nostalchic is Lapalux’s most full-bodied work to date, it’s also one of the finer examples of how the recent house-meets-r’n'b explosion can be executed with subtlety and finesse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Wolf, Tyler, the Creator is exciting again: maybe not as the ringleader of the Odd Future empire, but as a producer who just turned 22.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overgrown is a heartening step in the right direction, and reassurance that Blake’s talents are far from on the wane.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiffany’s voice at its most confident-sounding, it becomes clear that Rainbow Arabia have come on leaps and bounds from their debut, releasing an evocative, vivid album beyond the expectations of most.
    • 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.