Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 5,729 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Neon Bible
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
5,729 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is maverick electronica without the headaches. [Jul 2003, p.103]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She avoids excessive sugariness via edgy, sensual lyrics and Timbaland's superlative production. [June 2002, p.123]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a daring experiment which flies in the face of the derivative tendencies evident in the modern music industry, it succeeds. [Dec 2004, p.140]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For his eighth album, he has returned to renowned metal producer Ed Stasium, who delivers both high-impact guitar and sufficient clarity for enjoyment of Heat's droll way with words. [Apr 2002, p.120]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Curiously compelling for something so minimal, it's like nothing else around. [Jul 2003, p.110]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even more meandering than its celebrated, if somewhat cold, predecessor. It's also more confident, more coherent, yielding an all-enveloping warmth that's entirely resistant to any iPod shuffle function. [Jul 2004, p.119]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the rollercoaster ride, there are intense moments of pop wonder and cartoon hilarity. [Sep 2004, p.120]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's when Bubba stays with his Southern roots... that he really shines. [Oct 2003, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Back in the real world, fans of the disconnected Callahan know what to expect. They're a loyal breed who puzzle over his dryly funny lyrics and file the CDs next to Mark Eitzel and Nick Cave... His best yet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great leap forward. [Oct 2003, p.113]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is little short of a treat: a rambunctious dance through the more sepia-tinted corners of US musical history. [Oct 2001, p.122]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might be wearing, were it not for the fact that his voice... is a thing of considerable power. [Aug 2005, p.122]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mixes melancholy and might to a rare degree. [Sep 2002, p.104]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Together We're Heavy's transcendent qualities grow as it flows onward, and the sheer musical ambition of the Spree's pet sound finally, really defies cynicism. [Aug 2004, p.116]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sigur Ros's second album proper features this astonishing opener ["Svefn-G-Englar"] and 10 others which, while surprisingly diverse, each reflects their penchant for apocalyptic serenity, overdriven guitars and teenage singer Jonsi's Birgisson unique Hopelandish language.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In truth, there are unexpected delights at every turn here, not least in the realisation that Mercury Rev may only just be hitting their collective stride. [Sep 2001, p.115]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All 10 songs yield more delights with every hearing. [May 2003, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    5
    It retains all the allure of the most hypnotic electronica with none of the digital cliches. [Jan 2004, p.122]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Part Jewel-with-tunes, part Tori-Amos-without-kookiness, it noodles, but only rarely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an album which manages the rare trick of being accessible and head-warpingly barmy both at the same time. [Nov 2002, p.96]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A meditation on modern urban life that lets the city shine with mystery, menace and grace. [Jan 2004, p.118]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An absolute masterclass in thoughtful, emotional songwriting. [Apr 2003, p.104]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exhausting, but borderline brilliant too. [May 2003, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs here are rougher, louder, and often more exciting than their "official" versions. [Nov 2000, p.123]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fresh production eye might have rescued its weaker segments - Love Calling Earth or the dull By All Means Necessary - and its surprising lack of overall oomph.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Something rather lovely with a jittery edge that halts proceedings well before they arrive at saccharine-sweet. [Aug 2003, p.115]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stylistically, Lynne steps out in several directions and gives the impression that she could succeed in any of them: the warm caress of her voice and the cool, cutting edge of her songs suggest great things.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Admittedly Maas is hardly reinventing the wheel here, but there's a freshness and pace that's been missing too long. [Mar 2002, p.126]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This most recalls their masterful Through The Trees, only with pedal steel, banjo, bowed saw and some of their best harmony vocals yet. [Oct 2003, p.104]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately, Elliott and Timbaland's idea of old school is rather unorthodox. [Jan 2003, p.121]
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