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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They Want My Soul is focused, tight and impeccably produced. The songwriting is crisp and tight, Daniel's ear for a catchy and upbeat riff have resurfaced.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Opeth's Pale Communion is confirmation of artistic success borne from purity of vision--it is a sublime album of impeccable scope and execution, created by an extremely important band who have finally reached the pinnacle of self-actualisation through music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xen
    Not interested in following in anyone's footsteps, Arca borrows back the skeletal remains he made to West and creates new albeit strange life. Gorgeous and ghastly, Xen is no clone, but it may too resonate through generations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just 16 exceptional tracks full of glowing wordplay, instinctively catchy intonation, and effortless genre whisking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's such a beautiful combination of elegance and exploration in this debut--Greenwood has created one of the best and most confident debuts in years, and you'd do well to bend your ears around it's intricate and delightfully planned out wonder.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apex Predator - Easy Meat retains the hyperactive energy and deadly pacing of its recent predecessors, and as a result, it gives their fans a diverse and devastating listening experience during what is a quintessential, zeitgeist-destroying grindcore album.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At brief points Lamar does err on the side of self-indulgence, but for the most part his grandiosity is matched by his talent. A worthy follow up to its platinum-selling predecessor, To Pimp A Butterfly stands as a fearless and uncompromising manifestation of Lamar's desire to push the culture of rap forwards--a crusade that's as much in his blood as the city of Compton.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not certain whether the acre to the desert forest has been crossed, but the feeling that abides is one of compassionate admiration for Stevens, not only for making this beautiful album of unfaltering rawness (and one which may even provide a crutch, a brutal one, for others), but for all of his work that has preceded it, music which frequently transcended the hurt of a life so wounded at its root.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hinterland is playful--a vibrant and urgent combination of genealogy and vision--and it is this that truly makes it a masterpiece. Not only does Campbell have the creative chops to create such richly evocative music, but she does it with a wink and a smile.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In its breadth of ambition and stunningly realised sounds, Dark Energy delivers more than just a new twist on an established style. Remaining tightly linked to the music of Jlin's forebears and contemporaries, it nonetheless maps out an inspiring and tantalising glimpse of electronic music's future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dumb Flesh on the other hand feels like a direct continuation of the last superb Fuck Buttons album, Slow Focus, albeit a good deal warmer than its overpowering austere chilliness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Track-for-track the birth of a new legend? Absolutely.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One immediately clear difference between Two Way Mirror and previous Crystal Antlers work is the fact the band, led by vocalist and bass player Jonny Bell, have improved immeasurably as musicians.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Life's Rich Pageant rather sweetly gathers the emotions and carries them back to the time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bermuda Drain is, from the off, a massive step forward for Prurient.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Men's highly enjoyable chaos.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From a purely musical perspective, however, it executes that very most rare form of retroism--the type that makes the tired, forgotten and domesticated once again radical.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its huge, cocaine-pricked melodies remain present and correct throughout, but the tracks themselves are among his best so far.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The engagement with dance music and half-improvised feel lends it an irresistible forward momentum, something that picks up pace throughout the album to exhilarating effect; the album's second half in particular creates a disconcerting sensation of constant acceleration, until it finally collapses into its closing throes and falls away.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tinariwen's Tassili may not have the distorted guitars of previous records, but the acoustic recordings suit the contemplative mood and makes for a powerful return to their roots, as the musicians' circumstances, like getting lost in the desert, go in circles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the Rapture many were expecting this year, but this triumphant return to form is pretty glorious nonetheless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A teenage dream of a record.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may just be Anthrax's most consistent material since Among The Living in 1987.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The voices are huskier, the music juicer, the innocence of yore starting to chip away as Paradise sees them explore the dark side of vice and life. They're are all the better for it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Floreat isn't simply a seduction--in the most understated way, it's too intense for that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the EPs marked the group out as hazy, lo-fi practitioners in the Beach House mould, In Heaven benefits from a general polishing-up on terms of production, but more importantly from a more varied stylistic palette.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Conatus seldom reaches the same level of experimentation as Danilova's collaborations with the likes of LA Vampires. But what she proffers instead is far tastier: a deft fine-tuning of the slick and stylish formula of Stridilum II, with the slightly schlockier moments of melodrama eschewed for something more sophisticated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A softer collection of songs, harnessing more sincerity than his last two general-release LPs (as opposed to Orion, which was online-only), Easy Tiger and Cardinology.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing here is complex or highbrow, but instead filled with the joy and clarity of understanding and connecting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Under the rule of Worden's powerful vocal these sophisticated compositions provide a gripping, melodramatic exploration of a mindset both childlike and brooding.