The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 824 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Clockwork Angels
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 824
824 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 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.