Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 5,584 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 All About Chemistry
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
5,584 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OST
    This is a sheer visceral delight. [May 2002, p.124]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pretty much everything a second album needs to be, it's like Is This It but more emotional, more colourful, slightly better. [Nov 2003, p.102]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It makes the case for some long-forgotten virtues: fast songs, staccato chords, songs about trysts in squalid apartments. You know, the good stuff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastic record, full of wonder. [Aug. 2002, p.118]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Presents Led Zeppelin in all their ragged glory and heavy splendour. [Jul 2003, p.119]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No moment of Discovery is left unfilled with an idea, a sonic joke, a spark of brilliance.... a towering, persuasive tour de force which ultimately transcends the dance label.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a landmark album for REM and the fans who stayed faithful, a shot in the arm for music in 2001 and - unless they're too foolish to accept it - a long-awaited treat for all the listeners who bailed out after Monster.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best album of 2004 so far, and by some distance. [Jun 2004, p.92]
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What burns from the music is The Clash's defining characteristic: the fact that they were insatiable omnivores. [Oct 2004, p.136]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not big, not clever, not hip, not trendy. Just fantastic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The finest alt-country album this side of Gram Parsons. [Jan 2005, p.129]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    X&Y
    A substantially more visceral and emotionally rewarding experience than both its predecessors. [Jul 2005, p.106]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Represents a career high for the Chili Peppers. [Jun 2006, p.106]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A work of dazzling scope and grandeur... It is impossible to imagine any other band making music quite like this. [Aug 2006, p.106]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In its progress from raw ambition to actual intent, this mirrors U2's great leap forward from Boy and October to War. [Aug 2006, p.108]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A magical kingdom of noise that's equal parts Disney's Fantasia and Echo & The Bunnymen's lavish Ocean Rain. [Apr 2007, p.107]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not just the songs that have improved, but also their delivery. [May 2007, p.115]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once again, Radiohead have proven themselves priceless. [Dec 2007, p.107]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No two tracks are the same, none could be anyone else. This is one irresistible party: the joy Adebimpe was looking for is right here. A great, great record. [Oct 2008, p.154]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply, what this amounts to is the best U2 album since "Achtung Baby. [Apr 2009, p.94]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So let any indie bands planning a trip to the keyboard shop take note: this is how it's done, with a desire to surprise and be surprised. [May 2009, p.104]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By breathing life into Richey Edwards's own last words, his friends have crafted not a memorial but a celebration. [Jun 2009, p.120]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There was nothing like "Demon Days" before and there's been nothing like it since. Until now.[...] Plastic Beach picks up several steps on from where its predecessor left off. [Apr 2010, p.104]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the exception of Bob Dylan, there isn't a single artist, living or dead, who has managed a record this audacious 30-plus-years into a career. Wake Up The Nation is that good. [May 2010, p.114]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The vindication of this luxury raw Power is it bestows still greater kudos on Ron's band. [Jun 2010, p.140]
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stick to the main text: until they invent time travel, there's no better way to inhale the decadent air of the early '70s. [Jun 210, p.137]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They may well have delivered their masterpiece. [Sept. 2010, p. 110]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Her state-of-the-nation address. Stunning. [Feb. 2011, p. 112]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Hunter represents them at both their most concise and their thrilling best. [Nov. 2011, p. 135]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twenty years, five discs, but Nevermind is always more than the sum of its parts. [Oct 2011, p.133]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Music this uplifting, this inspirational, belongs among the stars. [Dec 2011, p.120]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ceremonials is quite some achievement: an accomplished pop record infused with intelligence and imagination... It offers the final, conclusive evidence that she's a pop star to believe in. [Dec. 2011 p. 118]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This reissue underlines how much Achtung Baby's high-wire triumph owed to an era in flux and it's as excessive as it needs to be. [Dec. 2011 p. 138]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The bonus material on both albums offer up further evidence that this was the Pumpkins' purple path. [Jan 2012, p.130]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A snapshot of one of the most vital, intellectual, breathlessly thrilling bands Britain's ever produced. [Dec. 2011 p. 143]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While 1992-2012 is no substitute for the seamless ebb and flow of dubnobasswith myheadman and Second Toughest In the Infants, there are some glorious moments. [Mar 2012, p.114]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    These lavish Deluxe Editions are fat with rare tracks and live performances on accompanying DVDs - they are all the Beat anyone could ever wish for. [Aug 2012, p.112]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the umpteenth time, hats off, gents. [Dec 2012, p.122]
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Blue Lines doesn't need [extras]. It was a classic in the truest sense, and unimprovable template that sound like it was recorded yesterday--or tomorrow. [Dec 2012, p.118]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Throughout, quality doesn't waver; always sensually and intellectually rigorous, her songs touch on degrees of romantic disaffection and beyond with a sometimes uncomfortable gaze, and still sound freshly minted. [Jan 2013, p.119]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Next Day is a loud, thrilling, steamrollingly confident rock and roll album full of noise, energy, and words that--if as cryptic as ever they were--sound like they desperately need to be sung. [Apr 2013, p.92]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Daft Punk's best album in a career that's already redefined dance music at least twice. It is, in short, a mind-blower. [Jun 2013, p.88]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sound System gives the full, eclectic picture. [Oct 2013, p.116]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound more fully formed than ever. [Oct 2013, p.114]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magnificent. [Nov 2013, p.121]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You plug it in your ears in June and three months later you've barely listened to anything else. Highly recommended. [Nov 2013, p.104]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The overall impression is one of a band who are now masterfully in control of their craft. [Apr 2014, p.111]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The original beats are still as fresh and inviting as a newly changed bed. At 10 tracks, Illmatic is satisfying lean and cohesive--remarkably so for a hip-hop album with five producers. [May 2014, p.125]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Upon its release in 1994, Definitely Maybe sounded messy and thrilling. Now, of course, it sounds like a classic. [Jun 2014, p.127]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Upgrading previous remasterings, Page's personal touch brings out even more detail.... Each album's companion disc supplies both pleasure and an education. [Jul 2014, p.120]
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Upgrading previous remasterings, Page's personal touch brings out even more detail.... Each album's companion disc supplies both pleasure and an education. [Jul 2014, p.120]
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Upgrading previous remasterings, Page's personal touch brings out even more detail.... Each album's companion disc supplies both pleasure and an education. [Jul 2014, p.120]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The musical scope is breathtaking. [Dec 2003, p.139]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record sufficiently impressive to suggest that White Blood Cells caught Jack and Meg using only a fraction of their talents. [Apr 2003, p.98]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such moments of wry genius make a very special record. [Oct 2003, p.104]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An audacious, bold and provocative artistic statement, an album that raises the bar for any rock band who aspire to re-writing the rulebook. [Aug 2003, p.101]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Missy and Timbaland give us what we've come to expect--the sexiest, most ear-popping, jaw-dropping fusion of old-school rap tribute, sparse R&B, mutant bhangra, and beat innovation on Planet Pop. [Feb 2004, p.100]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from rehashing her debut, she's made an older and wiser sequel, where the quiet magic of each song gets stronger with every listen. [Mar 2003, p.101]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Finds their meld of expansive rock, country melodies and myriad other elements scraping truly inspirational heights. [Oct 2003, p.111]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of the elements that make the band great--the Shadowsy guitar solos, James Skelly's Eric Burdon-meets-Jimmy Corkhill croon, the breadth of imagination--are well lubricated, but the songwriting has rocketed. [Aug 2003, p.106]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terrifying, but in a good way. The bar is raised. [Jun 2004, p.105]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A leftfield classic. [Oct 2003, p.100]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sublime collection that surpasses its predecessor. [Apr 2004, p.121]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eclipsing last year's Blueprint, it throws down the gauntlet to challengers Murder Inc. [Jan 2003, p.120]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A proper soul album which hooks you with the first pneumatic beat and draws you deeper with every heady atmosphere and vivid emotion. [Jan 2004, p.111]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a genre considered creatively bankrupt, this is genuinely new metal. [Jul 2003, p.102]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a superstar in the making. [Nov 2003, p.107]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deep voiced, disquieting and bristling with intelligence, Hobo Sapiens is a reminder of how intoxicating an artist Cale can be. [Nov 2003, p.107]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A remarkable record. [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's terrifically exciting stuff. [Apr 2003, p.101]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record... is brimming with character, easily surpassing their debut, its energy level like a battery charge. [Sep 2004, p.108]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing short of remarkable. [Jun 2004, p.102]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's so out of step with most indie rock it's as if it's been beamed from outer space. [Apr 2005, p.126]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One utterly badass album. [Jul 2004, p.116]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Antics is ridiculously good. [Oct 2004, p.112]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her voice is versatile, the beats delicioiusly languid, but it's the songwriting that shines. [Oct 2004, p.129]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most coherent statement yet. [Feb 2005, p.100]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a bewitching formula. [Jun 2005, p.120]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely are albums this thrillingly original. [Jul 2005, p.120]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Danger Mouse's] stunning flourishes... help place Demon Days notches above any vaguely electronic release in recent memory. [Jun 2005, p.104]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Common's best album so far, one that proves hip hop can be both smart and mainstream. [Jul 2005, p.114]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Very possibly, an even better album than Elephant. [Jul 2005, p.108]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cut, copy and paste this definitive record into your world. [Jul 2005, p.115]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brave and ambitious. [Jul 2005, p.122]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Supernature sounds brilliantly here and now. Less coldly perverse than Black Cherry, it's also a lot of fun. [Sep 2005, p.110]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically and lyrically, Life In Slow Motion is his strongest collection of songs to date. [Sep 2005, p.108]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takk... [is] a thing of... supple, muscular beauty, throwing off the stultifying air of reverence that has sometimes surrounded them. [Oct 2005, p.116]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You Could Have... doesn't take you on the journey of highs and lows that the very greatest albums do. Its Greatest Hits feel is both its major strength and its major weakness. [Oct 2005, p.108]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds so sure and committed that it could be the work of a new band. [Nov 2005, p.127]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could lose yourself for days here. [Dec 2005, p.142]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may well be his strongest ever collection. [Feb 2006, p.98]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    This is Adams at his most concise and focused. [Jan 2006, p.122]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So no, it's not perfect. But Whatever People Say... has that edge, that thrill that comes only when a band have hit the zeitgeist hard and timed the punch to perfection. [Mar 2006, p.102]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He remains rap's finest storyteller. [Jun 2006, p.115]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Idlewild is a dazzling album. [Oct 2006, p.124]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flabbergasting... a genuine revolution in the head. [Dec 2006, p.133]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extraordinary record. [Mar 2007, p.115]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only do the rhythms here sound tighter and more intensely focused, Murphy's presence as a songwriter and frontman is a revelation. [Apr 2007, p.110]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    A masterpiece of bombed orchestral elegance, at once expansive and intense. [Dec 2002, p.112]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is witty English guitar rock of the highest calibre. [Nov 2002, p.114]