The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 1,269 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Metal Box [Super Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
1269 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A debut so exquisitely tooled I cannot find a thing wrong with it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Slave Vows, then, is a masterpiece, its black-hearted explosions and sordid vibes coming from a darker place than most of those pantomiming their way through rock & roll. But while there’s bleakness here, there’s also that sulphurous sound of resistance, of high drama at very real stakes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wed 21 continues the intrigue, amplifies the obsession, and is 2013's most addictive and compelling album made by anyone anywhere. I have no end-of-year list. Just Wed 21.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What was perfection has become even more perfect.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite its lyrical limitations, Led Zeppelin remains an astonishing calling card.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an incredibly sexy album and the grooves contained within it are deep and wide.... The companion disc in this package offers an intriguing insight in the creation of Led Zeppelin II and one that highlights both the production skills of Jimmy Page and the musical contributions of his cohorts.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Led Zeppelin III is where the band's dynamic and musical range really comes together and, for this writer at least, the most satisfying of the three.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Neon Icon is that rare product of a rapper in the modern world--an album that perfectly encompasses everything they became loved for on their come up, amplified to the glorious maximum, aiming confidently into the future.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The demos themselves, while manna for nerds like oneself, are for the most part hardly revelatory.... a singular album in both intent and execution, and the most satisfying expression of Dulli's dark, dark heart. The grunge era's answer to Millie Jackson's Caught Up, it remains a triumph, an album whose impact is no less powerfully felt 21 years on.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cluster had rewritten the linguistics of modern sound and then turned away without any further heed. Somewhere, someone would always be playing live in der Fabrik from here on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    II
    II is nothing short of a modern classic; the sound of a band fusing elements of electronic music with raw psych-rock to devastating effect--something more lauded bands have failed to do.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here augmented by three additional CDs of b-sides, Peel Sessions, alternate mixes and a live recording from Manchester’s Russell Club, the original album still sounds like nothing else from the time, as if a line is drawn on the sand and the full potential of what punk had to offer is finally realized. Indeed, Metal Box is still so far ahead of the curve that if it was getting its inaugural release now and it’d still be daring other bands to catch up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilst it may lack the game-changing originality of other big 2011 releases, the record spans half a century of musical history more effectively than any other in recent memory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's that mix of astral expensiveness and strict artistry that makes Thundercat's debut LP The Golden Age Of Apocalypse as grand and visionary as its title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hunter is an example of how to crossover without selling out--something Metallica never learned--and no matter how many copies it sells, this is the mainstream heavy rock album of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    50 Words for Snow is undoubtedly whimsical, but it's played and arranged so exquisitely that even the most po-faced should be able to acknowledge the scale of its achievement.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to Kosmische classics, this is an essential. If you don't have this in your record collection, you're doing yourself a massive disservice.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are nothing short of magnificent, producing a set of tracks whose fizzing surfaces are always disturbed by some new action just beneath, where ridges of static ruffle and tumble over one another, and where harsh regions of higher density sluice violently into the foreground.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything works beautifully on what's still their most sublime piece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not a live album, but an alive album, one of the most visceral, beautiful records you'll hear this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mission Of Burma are excellent, their new album is equally excellent, and an easy contender for best rock album of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel Orange is a staggering step upwards from Nostalgia.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There'll never be another band like them. And if this is really it and they leave Blur to the history books, then it's a perfect way to remember this unique, occasionally annoying, but genuinely quite amazing band.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What it proves to be is an exhilarating, uneven, thought-provoking, over-egged, over-long, lucid, barnstorming, soul-infused hip-hop album of a type that, as I may have mentioned once or twice or five times, you just don't get any more. Except, of course, you do, and here it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Melody's Echo Chamber is a glorious album. Its success lies in the balance between Prochet's ability to break out of the (supposed) shackles of her structured classical composition education, while still delivering a suite of songs that are coherent, eminently listenable and blend lightness with dark foreboding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smoke has certainly raised the stakes for any aspiring Chicago producer in creating the most consolidated longform effort in the genre to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metz [have] easily made one of the finest and most ferocious punk albums in years on this sledgehammer of a debut.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In another rapper's hands the concepts might have been overcooked or the messages too self-righteous, but Kendrick manages to achieve scale while remaining firmly grounded on two feet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not often an album of such stature exceeds one's anticipations, but Honor is too astounding to not be revered.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Autumnal, witty, sad, lovely and very, very English The Violence is the high watermark of Hayman's career and one of the finest British releases of 2012, a record that neither floats, nor drowns, but soars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of a depth and ambition that should, frankly, set a standard for contemporary art music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    {Awayland} is a treasure trove of an album, brimming with ideas, most of which work and all of which, at the very least, prove that O'Brien is not simply another little-boy-lost lamenting the fact his parents wouldn't pass him the salt, but a songwriter of real note.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's ambitious, personal, unusual and, crucially, touched with brilliance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Iceage's You're Nothing is one of the most exciting, open-minded pop punk (not THAT sort) albums I've heard in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave is always the first to give fulsome credit to his band, and they aim true here in the most explorative, coherent and well-realised Bad Seeds album in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So more than half the album is fantastic, and the rest is very, very strong.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the soundtrack to Les Revenants, they have created a work of aural tension; a masterclass in how implied threat is far more effective than a million scary monsters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pearl Mystic is the best British psychedelic album since the 1990s; maybe more than that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outsider soul from a true original.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album--an immaculately drawn piece of jazz-inflected pop--is loaded with such originality that Mvula's carved out a niche of her own in 2013's musical landscape.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As vital as the air that you breathe, you need this album in your life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The National have arguably never struck that balance [between tenderness, optimism, humour and melodrama] quite as sweetly or persuasively as they do on Trouble Will Find Me, a layered, resoundingly human work that extends their winning streak without so much as breaking a sweat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is no sucker punch, but a knockout blow.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Innocence Is Kinky is a remarkable album, one which delves beneath the surface and returns with something both seductive and strange.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The last time West used the name Jerome in a rhyme (MBDTF’s 'Gorgeous'), it was a reference to racially disproportionate sentencing practices in drug cases. It’s that sort of doublespeak that makes Yeezus the zenith of West’s entire career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They show us what pop music can do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slow Focus is the album Fuck Buttons were born to make.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In taking her sorrow, turning it on its head and finding inspiration in another magical place, she has produced something powerfully, uniquely transcendent: something vast and expansive, intimate and affecting all at once.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sound of Psychic is meticulous and luscious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Master, they've made their biggest leap forward yet, with the band members leaping across genre divides with a confidence and sure-handedness that shows them at the peak of their powers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Restless reinvention is to be admired, but reconsideration and striving for personal perfection is to be prized. While Frahm’s previous penchant for the former has given him a brilliant and varied book of songs from which to draw, it’s his intense performance and passionate adoption of the latter which makes Spaces a work of gentle genius, and one of the year’s best albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Open is magical, calming, intriguing, beautiful. It makes me smile to listen to it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spare, affecting and hauntingly melodic, For The World is a timeless record, looking back only in a human, personal way--not to some lost golden age, but over a life lived, with all its ups and downs, losses and gains.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a bold, expansive body of work that should have all the praise heaped on it because, without warning, she dropped one of the strongest albums of the year on us.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Köhncke walks the thin line between pop and kitsch and remains focussed throughout Justus Köhncke & The Wonderful Frequency Band, which is his finest yet, and one of the best of 2013. Fernweh techno of the highest order.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put: this is the artistic culmination of the last five years in the world of Adam 'Nergal' Darski and with integrity and quality like this, in combination with his uncanny ability to position his band on solely his terms, it's a match made in heaven. Or hell.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are countless high points, memorable moments and addictive grooves on these two discs, and Haiti Direct is most certainly already a candidate for compilation of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blank Project represents one of those rarefied moments in which an established artist meets the expectations set by her previous career, and then exceeds them in the most exciting, tangential of ways, resulting in something thrillingly different, hella moody, and deeply exciting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here they've painted another masterpiece in post-midnight malevolence. Only this time, it's more hypnotic, with a new-and-Neu-found intransigence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilst the band's previous two releases, 2009's Sensible Shoes and 2011's Bring Your Own, both showed progression in this direction and were wonderful in their own right, TPIYN outdoes them both and pretty much everyone else currently making this kind of music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite clearly being intricately crafted down to the tiniest gestures--musical feats at this level of intensity and control don't emerge from half-arsed noodling--To Be Kind's songs also feel more fluid and open-ended than before, expressive and rich in possibility.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tiny marvel, this record. A tiny, exquisitely-tooled marvel.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On paper, then, the concept of an album that comes so consummately out of this context may not be the most appealing. In reality, Herndon's second full-length proper, Platform, which does just that, is one of the best records you'll hear this year.
    • 77 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is Black Age Blues Goatsnake's best album, it is an instant classic of the stoner-doom hybrid and an earthy, electrifying endgame for rock & roll itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Infinity Machines is a painful modern masterpiece, and it's urging us to listen to the voices in our heads.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forty-two minutes of profound pleasure all in all, which both challenges the clichés of guitar-based heaviness and mines them for their ore.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    City Lake is a stunning, humble record built on traditions we all understand, yet, somehow feels dizzyingly new.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This sense of place and space in Futures makes its suite of sumptuous love songs doubly poignant, turns them into glorious moments of both clarity and giddy disorientation amid the impending decay and desperation of time and events beyond the back door, the darkness glimpsed out on the horizon. The songs don't emerge as 'crafted' at all, rather you can't quite believe they didn't always exist in this form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Timbaland, Kanye and Diddy are among the big names on the boards here, battling it out with lesser known producers, all gleefully playing to Pusha's style.... If Pusha T can keep this up throughout King Push proper, the forthcoming main event, he'll have the hip hop album of next year too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a sparse, isolated and overlong affair that's more difficult to love than previous solo outings like the lush The Forester or the sweet Wild Dog. However, for an artist with the vision to take such on such a huge subject as the three-pronged relationship between one woman, her gods and her planet, even managing to squeeze it down to a mere 22 songs is achievement enough. That the album is spectacular, introspective and terrifying all in equal measures is just a bonus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout, Strangers is quite simply an understated tour de force by a now experienced composer and performer, able to convey a feeling and lead the way within it in equal measure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an utterly spellbinding record that shows with maturity that the band only grows and improves. If this is their last, it is an exit at their peak, proving their relevance and importance more than ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Astronaut Meets Appleman might very well be King Creosote’s masterpiece. It is at once ethereal and contemplative, grounded and matter-of-fact.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, there isn’t the same sense of startling reinvention with the stately sound of You Want It Darker, although it’s undeniably grander, lusher, more beautiful than its forbears; its melancholy mixture of string laments, orchestral flourishes and sombre choirs virtually compel you to bow your head in hushed reverence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a slight misstep with Audio, Visual Disco, they’ve only gone and created a masterpiece with Woman.
    • 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.