The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 970 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Gentlemen At 21 [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 970
970 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What all the songs on News From Nowhere have in common is a baffling, mystical elegance, both independently and, to an even greater extent, within the flow of the record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These compositions are haunting because Grouper gives them space to breathe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the glissandos and vertigo of 'Milk & Black Spiders' to the jounce and yawn of 'Providence', in every note and noteless space you can feel it: the physical unburdening, the personal reckoning, the fatigue and reprieve of letting go.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is humour--albeit dark--throughout this precious, timeless album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The question of whether BRAIDS will return or not melts away in this deeply personal insight into Blue Hawaii's emotional and physical connections with one another.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dutch Tvashar Plumes is dominated by exquisitely expressive forms of abstract techno.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So what you have is an album that's very recognisably Ed; the Steve Gullick photography, the tipsy melancholy and romance, the ballads... but without the need for too many frills it sounds complete, nine gorgeous songs that sit beautifully together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the first great guitar album of the year--stimulating, idiosyncratic, occasionally challenging, but most importantly, jam-packed full of proper tunes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans certainly won't be bowled over by the innovation on offer, but as a refinement of their sound it is the ne plus ultra Autechre album, honed and executed to perfection with only a few drifty moments that suggest it could have been cut down to a single LP.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Evidence is an impressive addition to their existing body of work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Men may not be here to change rock history but at the very least they deserve serious recognition for the fact that they keep doing exactly what they want, and that it continues to be as honest and as shamelessly exhilarating as the best rock music always should be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far more than a collection of club tracks, it's an elegant, fully realised narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are sad songs, sure; desperately sad, sometimes. But while the connections they depict may be long-severed, that they once existed at all is enough to grace this assured, affecting collection some hope, and an unlikely warmth that seeps in around its blunt, hard edges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So in short Welcome to Mikrosector 50 is rather excellent, with the only real dud on the album being the slightly tedious 70s porno-funk of 'Quadraskank Interlude'.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    John Grant's songs can be characterised by extreme restlessness and the state of suffering mental and physical discomfort within one's being. The irony and often confronting honesty he brings to these problems ensure Pale Green Ghosts is extremely engaging and often engrossing. But Queen of Denmark it is not.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Mason’s last album Boys Outside was a window on his struggles with mental ill-health, Monkey Minds moves from micro to macro as he harnesses his strong sense of social justice, while continuing to hone the crisp electronics that so perfectly soundtrack his ghostly, exhortatory vocals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've arrived at a romantic, odd, ambitious pop record that eschews musical theatricality for punchy, 40-something's take on the complexity of love from the view--and this is why it works--of one who is still, at heart, an incurable and incorrigible teenage romantic
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soaring and swooping in all the right places, there's no denying the gorgeous ethereal shimmer and dizzying demonstrative pull of these songs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It remains quite literally sublime--i.e. it creates a stirring sense of awe and fear in the listener, by creating an abstract representation of a facet of nature that we are right to be humbled by and terrified of: giant oceanic waves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The past, present and future collide in a sublime celebration of technology, history and humanity, in all its flawed and triumphant glory, filtered through one man's attempts to understand and explain his small but significant place in the interconnected, universal whole.
    • 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.