The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 873 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Clockwork Angels
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 873
873 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album hits its stride by 'The Strange Attractor', a pulse-raiser that seductively conjoins steamy, tranced out vocal inflections to an urgent, vacillating tribal tempo.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Luxury Problems plays like a logical continuation of this chapter of Stott's music--the sweet spot between fear, obstruction and the warm embrace of total sound immersion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other than 'Been Away Too Long' there are no obvious singles here. Rather, each track takes on a propulsive and seductive weight far greater than the sum of its parts when listened to in succession.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Free Reign is an album finds Clinic pushing themselves in directions that wouldn't have been considered years ago and it's to their credit that they possess both the will and imagination to do so.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lux
    Lux is a surprisingly rich experience that's difficult to fault. It's not the most startling record Eno's ever made, but it probably is his most successful ambient work.