The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 707 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Wed 21
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 707
707 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Retro styling contextualises Love and Devotion and, crucially, the album's story is delivered with an emotional heft that many current producers aspiring to hypermodernity would do well to note.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is all instrumental, and as in Billy Idol's haunting 'Eyes Without A Face' these are songs that say so much without ever saying a thing, piercing windows into the soul.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the songs' far-off beginnings, Change Becomes Us is like an aggressive, steroid-pumped continuation of the band's excellent 2011 album Red Barked Tree, a testament to the band's consistent faithfulness to the key signatures of ice-sheet psychedelia and jackhammer punk.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of Collins' finest work can be found here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crime & The City Solution's sixth studio album is as much an elegy to the American Dream that's turned into a global nightmare as it is a damn fine rock & roll album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nobody could question the fact that these guys mean it with every fibre of their being, and Meir is music to make Norway proud; a new majestic fanfare to welcome hog-riding warriors into Valhalla.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each track, although dressed in punk scuzz, is whip-smart and perfectly framed
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mature record, in the best possible sense, Machineries of Joy reins in the whimsicality and tendency towards wackiness, while still retaining a smart sense of humour alongside the philosophical pondering and strident rock shapes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO has lofty ambitions of space on one hand, and a great deal of heart and soul to keep it simultaneously grounded on the other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The resulting album, unsurprisingly enough, contains their most texturally diverse work to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ghost On Ghost might not be definitive--Beam gives off the impression that a genuine modern classic is not yet beyond him, something a tightening of focus might help him achieve--but this is big, beautiful music all the same. That he makes it sound so effortless is all the more impressive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All shot through with the psychedelic heft of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, this is not a flash in the pan, a fumble in the dark or an album which loses its way but a cosmic paean to perfectionism that creates order out of the most beautiful chaos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Are Eternity is not po-faced, despite its thematic and sonic weight, it's concise and does the job with a glint.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exemplifying the work of Joe Boyd (and of Gabrielle Drake, who has been rigorously loyal to her brother's legacy) it's a fascinating and charming example of creative curatorship.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gonzalez's intricate, mellifluous guitar playing is not front and center, but committed followers of this side of his artistry will certainly be satisfied.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Silence Yourself is the manifestation of a formidable spirit, a sense that everything they do is done with great purity of intent, and a brilliant sex, life and death album of a kind rarely seen these days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sequentially, Some Say I makes its six-of-11 central meditation on separation perfectly telegraphed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Modern Vampires quite often touches brilliance, and does so without audibly straining for 'maturity' or pushing hard to be some po-faced Great American Album.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout Fain--the band's second album--folk melodies meet visceral fuzz-rock, never sounding quite like anyone else specifically, but a unique blend that never coalesced at the time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a discipline perhaps learnt from his extensive soundtrack work, Harvey has trimmed away the fat, so that every rhythmic or melodic touch serves a purpose.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More Light stands as one of Primal Scream's finest, most honest records, even if the ravens remain soundly roosting within the Tower's walls.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as intoxicating a listen as anything we've heard from the duo to date, drawing its power from the combination of Blunt's ideas, fluid and often semi-literate musicality, and world-weary persona.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Together with Duke Garwood, on Black Pudding he's created something rich and delicious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bright Sunny South is Amidon's sixth solo effort and like previous releases, the key to the album's potency lies in how the Brattleboro, Vermont, native creates emotional dichotomies and then bridges the expansive gulfs in between.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Abandon is quite short for a full-length album, but its physicality and intensity leaves the listener exhausted in a way that doesn't require further expansion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Up To Emma is as blatant an intimate reckoning with betrayal, anger and pain as it gets and yet it's Scout Niblett's most sonorous, most beautiful album to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clocking in at 35 minutes it's a breezy listen, but one that stays with you. The musicianship is excellent, the production spot on and, despite its restless nature, the album hangs together nicely.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever tack they take Boo’s tracks are solid, heavyweight constructions that work as well as home listening as they would in a club
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an extremely strong, varied follow-up from an artist who is yet to fulfil his potential.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Schott's work here takes you to all sorts of places while all the while keeping your focus firmly hooked on the music, this beautiful music, at hand.