The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 932 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 1.3 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 932
932 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sense of meticulous balance that dominates 'The Dream' permeates MSOTT.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an album that can trace its lineage to tripped out rock & roll of The Cramps' classic Psychedelic Jungle, this is a record that will delight the type of antisocial delinquent given to dabbing, dropping and freaking out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an album that seems to spring from an indoor world of cerebral textures and bedroom experiments, a headphone odyssey for an era in which the rock gig has become a corporate-sponsored burlesque.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Part of the album's cunning is owed to the time allotted for disparate strands to develop and take form.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skelethon is a wildly energetic, funny, poignant, nostalgic and sad record; the result of huge personal investment on Aesop's behalf.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To the wider rock world, Yellow/Green deserves to be regarded as a left of field classic, whilst to the metalheads who were perfectly content with the Baroness sound as it was, the record may seem something of a disappointment, its straightforward and melodic approach to songwriting the antithesis of the labyrinthine complexities and huge riffs of old.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is pop music, pure and simple: smarter, stranger than your average fare, no doubt, but don't confuse its oddness for inscrutable obtuseness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As ever with compilations of almost-lost treasures such as this, it is the certain out of time quality that is its greatest attribute.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of Strut's best compilations to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dash of extra variety, and an increasing ability to transform clever layers of sound into well-structured songs, make this his best contribution to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is much to savour in Caminiti's enthusiastic and emotional attempts to expand on his own musical lexicon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Thing Called Divine Fits is a seemingly rare thing; a really good, life-affirming rock record that just works, and gets better and better the more time you spend with it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an album that vindicates maturity, long years of toil, cumulative effort, resilience, patience, wisdom.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a character-defying move he has left his crowbar at home and cockney references serve as little more than a backdrop for his usual lyrical capers. What glorious capers they are too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Using just guitars, a 70s analog synth for bass, and drums (Ambarchi's first instrument), he has forged an exquisitely balanced and powerful sound whose apparent simplicity belies a multi-layered exercise in displacement and resolution.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A marvelous record packed with charm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TOY
    This album still contains some of the strongest pop songs of the past few years, plus evidence of a restless, experimental desire to keep moving on that makes you hungry to hear what they're going to do next.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sic Alps, a taut and absorbing listen, appears to have a mission to take conventional beauty and make it something more interesting by fraying its corners and smearing it with a little dirt. There is nothing Sic Alps could have done to create a better, more delicious sweet and sour record.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Nada! was the sound of punk rock overcoming itself, passing into its opposite, Love Will Prevail is the sound of it re-emerging once more, irrevocably altered by the journey.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goat has distilled what could have so very easily become an overblown meandering jam fest into a punchy, forceful and infectious masterpiece of cosmic rock & roll – the will is palpable, nigh a trace of fat on these bleached bones.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Meat And Bones is a welcome return from a band whose absence has been keenly felt over these last few years
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album which succeeds by virtue of elegance, and which knows a hell of a lot without ever seeming overly knowing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sound of a band once again setting a course for personal creative development and revelling in its every ambitious step.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much of this delightful album resonates with the sound of a man's ambition fulfilled.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Order Of Noise shows off Gainsborough's more accessible side--a good thing--but it's also a signpost marking a good place to start digging a little deeper, both into his own music and that surrounding him.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's flawed, but unlike the vast majority of Ellison's current contemporaries, its flaws and contradictions remain as intriguing as its positive points, and lend themselves to repeat listens.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solitude and/or headphones are the key to The Predicting Machine, another unflashily fine opus from a fellow who's almost cursed, in terms of the praise he gets, by being too reliable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an album about a mother's love, made by a mother, for a mother. And it also happens to be Martha Wainwright's greatest artistic achievement to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unknown Rooms is very, very accomplished, giving the sense that Wolfe has realised the extent of her own ability and acted on it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This excellent record on Manchester's Bird label isn't some generic late adopter's attempt to take on the Moon Wiring Club, rather a genuinely unhinged, unique and deliciously weird pop album.