Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 6,972 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 Nevermind [20th Anniversary Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
6972 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
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    OST
    This is a sheer visceral delight. [May 2002, p.124]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    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
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    A fantastic record, full of wonder. [Aug. 2002, p.118]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    Presents Led Zeppelin in all their ragged glory and heavy splendour. [Jul 2003, p.119]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    The best album of 2004 so far, and by some distance. [Jun 2004, p.92]
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    What burns from the music is The Clash's defining characteristic: the fact that they were insatiable omnivores. [Oct 2004, p.136]
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    • 69 Metascore
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    Not big, not clever, not hip, not trendy. Just fantastic.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The finest alt-country album this side of Gram Parsons. [Jan 2005, p.129]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    X&Y
    A substantially more visceral and emotionally rewarding experience than both its predecessors. [Jul 2005, p.106]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    Represents a career high for the Chili Peppers. [Jun 2006, p.106]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    A work of dazzling scope and grandeur... It is impossible to imagine any other band making music quite like this. [Aug 2006, p.106]
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    • 60 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    A magical kingdom of noise that's equal parts Disney's Fantasia and Echo & The Bunnymen's lavish Ocean Rain. [Apr 2007, p.107]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    It's not just the songs that have improved, but also their delivery. [May 2007, p.115]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    Once again, Radiohead have proven themselves priceless. [Dec 2007, p.107]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    Simply, what this amounts to is the best U2 album since "Achtung Baby. [Apr 2009, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    By breathing life into Richey Edwards's own last words, his friends have crafted not a memorial but a celebration. [Jun 2009, p.120]
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    • 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]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 92 Metascore
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    The vindication of this luxury raw Power is it bestows still greater kudos on Ron's band. [Jun 2010, p.140]
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    • 100 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    They may well have delivered their masterpiece. [Sept. 2010, p. 110]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Her state-of-the-nation address. Stunning. [Feb. 2011, p. 112]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    The Hunter represents them at both their most concise and their thrilling best. [Nov. 2011, p. 135]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    Twenty years, five discs, but Nevermind is always more than the sum of its parts. [Oct 2011, p.133]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    Music this uplifting, this inspirational, belongs among the stars. [Dec 2011, p.120]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 96 Metascore
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    The bonus material on both albums offer up further evidence that this was the Pumpkins' purple path. [Jan 2012, p.130]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    A snapshot of one of the most vital, intellectual, breathlessly thrilling bands Britain's ever produced. [Dec. 2011 p. 143]
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    • 88 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    For the umpteenth time, hats off, gents. [Dec 2012, p.122]
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    • 98 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    Sound System gives the full, eclectic picture. [Oct 2013, p.116]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    The sound more fully formed than ever. [Oct 2013, p.114]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    Magnificent. [Nov 2013, p.121]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    The overall impression is one of a band who are now masterfully in control of their craft. [Apr 2014, p.111]
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    • 89 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    Upon its release in 1994, Definitely Maybe sounded messy and thrilling. Now, of course, it sounds like a classic. [Jun 2014, p.127]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 98 Metascore
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    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]
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    • 99 Metascore
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    Beery, teary, rootsy and rollicking: it's singalong genius at play. [Dec 2014, p.122]
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    • 100 Metascore
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    Familiarity hasn't taken all the shine off Led Zeppelin IV, because once you get past the aforementioned over-exposed "hits," there's still the frantic Four Sticks and When The Levee Break's big lumbering blues to knock you off your feet again. [Nov 2014, p.125]
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    • 98 Metascore
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    Led Zeepelin would get bigger, louder and very imperious very soon. But they'd rarely sound like they were having as much fun as they do here. [Nov 2014, p.125]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    The greatest family jam you'll ever hear and an absolutely essential album. [Jan 2015, p.132]
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    • 100 Metascore
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    Doolittle was a breakthrough.... The Peel Sessions and B-sides aren't essential, but the previously unreleased demos are fascinating. [Jan 2015, p.134]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    An album so rich, complex and dazzlingly fluid. [Jul 2015, p.103]
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    • 100 Metascore
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    The world's finest rock'n'roll combo. [Jul 2015, p.119]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    This is spectacular. [Jul 2015, p.115]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    Their chemistry seeped into the post-punk water table but Pere Ubu still dance alone. [Oct 2015, p.121]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Junk is deeply uncool, uncoolly deep, and utterly magnifique. [May 2016, p.115]
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    • 95 Metascore
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    Skeleton Tree is untouchable. [Dec 2016, p.108]
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    • 99 Metascore
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    One of the best yet: a sprawling 19-track min-movie, which takes in obscure left-field rock, creepy children's choirs, bucolic ambient and sombre Celtic poetry. [Dec 2016, p.117]
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    • 99 Metascore
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    Reissued with a raft of extras, it remains a masterpiece of uneasy listening. [Dec 2016, p.117]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The musical scope is breathtaking. [Dec 2003, p.139]
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    • 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]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such moments of wry genius make a very special record. [Oct 2003, p.104]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terrifying, but in a good way. The bar is raised. [Jun 2004, p.105]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A leftfield classic. [Oct 2003, p.100]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sublime collection that surpasses its predecessor. [Apr 2004, p.121]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eclipsing last year's Blueprint, it throws down the gauntlet to challengers Murder Inc. [Jan 2003, p.120]
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    • 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]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a genre considered creatively bankrupt, this is genuinely new metal. [Jul 2003, p.102]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a superstar in the making. [Nov 2003, p.107]
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    • 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]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A remarkable record. [Feb 2003, p.96]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's terrifically exciting stuff. [Apr 2003, p.101]
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    • 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]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing short of remarkable. [Jun 2004, p.102]
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    • 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]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One utterly badass album. [Jul 2004, p.116]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Antics is ridiculously good. [Oct 2004, p.112]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her voice is versatile, the beats delicioiusly languid, but it's the songwriting that shines. [Oct 2004, p.129]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most coherent statement yet. [Feb 2005, p.100]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a bewitching formula. [Jun 2005, p.120]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely are albums this thrillingly original. [Jul 2005, p.120]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Very possibly, an even better album than Elephant. [Jul 2005, p.108]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cut, copy and paste this definitive record into your world. [Jul 2005, p.115]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brave and ambitious. [Jul 2005, p.122]
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    • 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]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically and lyrically, Life In Slow Motion is his strongest collection of songs to date. [Sep 2005, p.108]
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    • 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]
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