Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 7,251 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 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Neon Bible
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
7251 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Producer Andrew Weatherall] helped bring out a kind of claustrophobic, harmonic distortion. [Mar 2012, p.113]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, there's something delicious and monumental about Hurts.[Apr 2013, p.106]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A high-risk strategy, then, but one that largely succeeds thanks to Fink's languid delivery. [Apr 2011, p.103]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps Codes And Keys's seemingly illogical sequencing of songs makes sense if they wish to lure their audience into thinking it's as-you-were. But it's not: things are different and better. [July 2011, p. 110]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What at first, certainly compared to its startling predecessor, feels like a retreat from modern music’s radical frontline (nasty jazz, electronica, noise) gradually unfolds to offer equally interesting new ways of hearing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the final stitch in their sprawling psychedelic tapestry ... Universe is a perfectly haphazard send-off. [Jun 2012, p.111]
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Weighty stuff, but tungsten-strength tunes, a lush orchestral feel and Friday's laconic delivery make for a winning combination. [Jun 2011, p.114]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ou Va Le Monde is twanging Tarantino-bait, Tatiana is a thumping, technophile take on The Velvet Underground, Le Chemin is gloriously woozy and Exorciseur is Gainsbourg-esque. But they're all eclipsed by the closing Vagues, a 13-minute psychodyssey. [Nov 2016, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here's a band on top of the world, and on top of their game. [Oct 2012, p.98]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There isn't a weak link amongst these 12 enormously impressive songs. [Nov 2014, p.117]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the music is minimal, propulsive and built for clubs, Avery's formative years spent listening too rock and proto-electro lend the album a dynamic that suits headphone immersion. [Nov 2013, p.102]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Knight is now coming up on the rails. [Feb 2016, p.112]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Victory Shorts makes art-pop by contrasting Michaelson's mordant lyrics and juanty, sophisticated melodies. [Oct 2008, p.139]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not all of it convinces; Buttery's vocals can stray into a chill-out. But this is still an absorbing record that deserves to break hearts beyond the confines of the dubstep scene. [Dec. 2010, p. 108]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An arresting record for challenging times. [Mar 2012, p.113]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fizzing with energy and wearing its Pixies hat with pride, Touchdown is a blast of brain-scrambled indie rock that reaches its apogee, of sorts, on the irresisitibly dumb 'Hey, Hey.' [May 2009, p.119]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tightly constructed record, its hushed instrumentation and Southern Gothic lyrics give it a melancholic mood, one that Bondy handles beautifully. [Dec 2009, p. 117]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This second collection of mostly covers after 2013's Memphis embraces some of the best music of his career. [Jun 2015, p.111]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, as resonant and dignified a covers album as you'll ever hear.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Led by the strident vocals of the younger Klara, it is, however, the strength and surprising maturity of the pair's songwriting that makes The Big Black And The Blue such an impressive first effort, not least on the gorgeous Ghost Town. [Feb 2010, p. 105]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The resultant chaos is addictive, energizing and catchy as hell. [Feb 2010, p. 108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole album flows like a rainbow-hued river animated by the spirit of generosity and wonder. [Aug 2016, p.116]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their best yet. [Sep 2001, p.120]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Someone still plays the Devil's music. [Jun 2004, p.98]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Q's energetic, exuberant delivery is frames by some impressive and varied production throughout. [Jun 2012, p.108]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stockholm contains 11 good-to-excellent songs, hooks and pleasure aplenty, but still, alas, short of a masterpiece. [Jul 2014, p.101]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It feels like a coherent vision, even if it occasionally spills into narco-whimsy. [Oct 2016, p.107]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs snap at the outer edges of country, blues and folk, their emotional turmoil leavened by moments of bone-dry humour. [Nov 2000, p.107]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It can meander--Mind To Be Had never quite knows what to do with its initially exciting Neu! vibrations, Defeatist Anthem doesn't shift beyond pretty--but they texture Barragan with a delicacy and precision that makes you want to keep picking away at these songs. [Oct 2014, p.114]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Coldplay rummaging through a charity shop, it's a patchwork of moods and styles all stitched together by Dangerfield's heart-on-sleeve exhortations. [Aug 2006, p.113]
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