Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 6,892 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Late Night Tales
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
6892 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its kitsch-free excellence confirms Hawley as a balladeer of the very highest order. [Mar 2003, p.109]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They even give Madonna's I Deserve It a new level of dignity. [Jan 2004, p.118]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, this is strangely charming, chiming pop music with a twist. At other times, the bare-boned production hampers the inventiveness, rendering a track such as Y Teimlad (The Feeling) a workmanlike Velvet Underground retread rather than the thing of symphonic beauty it briefly threatens to be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are just wonderful. [Sep 2003, p.112]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Moon Safari-era Air, unleashes shimmering, cinematic musical waves that gently wash over you but eventually suck you in entirely. [Nov 2002, p.113]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scarecrow's sense of defeat actually makes it a better record. [Jan 2002, p.96]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Gabriel is mesmerising, his plaintive rasp never more gorgeous. [Oct 2002, p.107]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of the songs are grunge by rote, but the art-rock sensibility gleaned from Weiland's old David Bowie albums is evident in the whispered Hell It's Late. [Oct 2001, p.130]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An often-inspired collection of eccentric pop songs and unexpected proggy workouts. [July 2002, p.108]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Out there, but compelling all the same. [#184, p.137]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Comeliness and brutal candour in equal measure. [Jun 2003, p.92]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Juke joint heaven. [May 2003, p.106]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heavy-duty electronics doing repeatedly bloody battle with grimy strings... An intense but worthwhile experience. [Nov 2000, p.102]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Assured and dignified. [May 2002, p.119]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wicked Grin is a bona fide revelation.... A rambunctious joy from beginning to end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is music that exerts as much effortless cool as young pups The Strokes. [Oct 2001, p.118]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another triumph, brimming with soulful, languid grooves, deft samples and well-chosen guest singers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slick samples and buoyant melodies are in, dissonant atmospherics pretty much out. [Feb 2002, p.111]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of rich, subtle melodies, championship-level guitar playing and lyrical depth. [Sep 2002, p.115]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the tender slow rollers that really clinch this supreme collection. [#180, p.97]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The W is largely a return to murky idiosyncratic form after 1997's filler-bloated Wu-Tang Forever. Weighing in at a svelte 60 minutes, it plays to the group?s main strengths: brutal hooks and scary ambience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, as resonant and dignified a covers album as you'll ever hear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a quietly adventurous coming of age, as languorous and fuzzy around the edges as a summer afternoon.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Highly charged without being mawkish. [July 2002, p.115]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As radio-friendly as Radiohead are not. [Sep 2001, p.120]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seal The Deal opens with a rollicking piano intro that's longer than the rest of the song, guitars are abandoned in favour of exhilarating keyboard riffs, and the background use of birdsong and bagpipes is commonplace in Quasi's world. And it's a better place for it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've crucially learned that musical light and shade need not only be flaring explosions, but melodic sunrises too. [Jul 2003, p.109]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They retained their best ideas for themselves though, since their debut album is striking escape from mere genre. [Review of UK version]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A haunting, left-field album of some class. [Jun 2003, p.96]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though rockier in parts than any of his previous work, this 12-track set houses some of Johnson's most impressive songwriting to date.