Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 6,153 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Studio Albums 1968-1979 [Boxset]
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
6,153 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately Smile is a case of what might have been, and after all this time that's probably only to be expected. [Dec. 2011 p. 140]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The sheer wealth of material--over four hours' worth--seem designed to only excite the tastebuds of tourbus veterans. [Nov 2013, p.120]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Opinions will still be divided--Murdoch as literary giant or self-important art school berk?--as, over 25 tracks, there's evidence of both. [Jul 2005, p.129]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Most tracks follow a simple formula: the vocal from Don't Stop by the Stone Roses + layers of chimes + dog barks + crashing drums = mess. [Jun 2003, p.100]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Compared to their early work, disappointing. [Jun 2005, p.118]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    M.I.A.'s style mag-cool pop-rap doesn't have the substance to carry the dark subtext of the title. [May 2005, p.107]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, though, to fixate on these 33 songs' serial flaws and occasional bad odours is to miss the essential point. The music amounts to a compelling period piece. [July 2008, p.116]
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    • 60 Critic Score
    There's something truly peculiar going on here, and worth pursuing. [Sep 2002, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An acquired taste. [Mar 2003, p.109]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A rather erratic affair. [Apr 2002, p.119]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aurally, Super Furry Animals are evolving into a hybrid of Blur and The Cardiacs. (Drawing) Rings Around The World, Shoot Doris Day and Presidential Suite are excellent, most of the remainder pass muster, but there's nothing to change anyone's world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of experimetal electronica will be [happy], though Radiohead devotees should exercise caution. [Jun 2010, p.124]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Frustratingly uneven. [Jun 2012, p.118]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    From Coldcut to DJ Shadow, every rap-era cut-up maestro owes a debt to Steven Stein. [Nov 2008, p.129]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Nothing here is essential, but there will always be enough completeist to warrent airing of Dylan's old laundry. [Nov 2008, p.127]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Convincer slots in smoothly behind 1998's Dig My Mood. [Oct 2001, p.126]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A refreshingly upbeat counterpoint to 2006's opaque, Brian Eno assisted Surprise. [May 2011, p.124]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Third will probably be more admired than listened to and, you suspect, this suits Barrow, just fine. [May 2008, p.131]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hebden has a rare ability to make his delicate instrumentals engaging and unpretentious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not his most graceful, but certainly his most strikingly personal, Benji is another colourful stop on Kozelek's glorious journey into the light. [Apr 2014, p.119]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It could be high art. It could be utter bollocks. Either way, it's lovely when it's over. [Jun 2006, p.119]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    ...Trail of Dead have reached a point where the need for convention outweighs the joy of using guitars as weapons. [Feb 2002, p.104]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Soft Bulletin echoes the oft-mimiced Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys, with its psychedelic wobbliness, songs-within-songs and airy termperament.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Muddy production means the literate lyrics often get drowned out by the surrounding racket, but otherwise this is a raw treat. [Mar 2009, p.105]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A dark, challenging album. [Feb 2013, p.107]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Meadowlands represents an impressive triumph of persistence over talent. [Oct 2005, p.121]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A superbly stealthy assault on the ears, stroking and unsettling in equal measure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tomorrow's Harvest delivers oceans of spare, mellow and melodic electronica, but what it doesn't offer is much in the way of surprises. [Aug 2013, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What this collection leaves you wanting--and what Goldfrapp do most wonderfully--is weirdness. [Mar 2012, p.116]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a deeply Manchester album: melodic yet substantial, uplifting and acceptable to football fan and student alike. [May 2002, p.109]
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