The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 991 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 35% 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 Wed 21
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 991
991 music reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Is Walking On A Dream the sound of things to come then? Clearly not. Empire Of The Sun's grand ambitions are certainly worth applauding, but unfortunately they amount to nothing more than a cold and pale facsimile of the superior conquests of others who have trod these lands before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Grinderman 2 RMX provides an enjoyable enough distraction but ultimately this is a collection of material that would have worked better as an EP rather than an album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Family Sign commits a few of hip hop's cardinal sins and doesn't provide nearly enough justification for doing so.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart' goes some way to harking back to their former glories but moments like these are in all too short supply.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When the album stops playing the temptation to categorize Family and Friends as a literate Streets project or Buck 65 with a flair for topic sentences is irresistible. Only one song exceeds the five-minute mark, though, and most are just over two minutes, so boredom isn't a problem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On the bright side, at least it isn't as bad as Yuck.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Each featured artist at the top of their games, masterfully dominating their segments, leagues above Tha Carter IV's comparatively tired host.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wahile Girls have returned brimming with confidence and enthusiasm, this record seems to overstretch them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album falls victim to the more-is-more syndrome. It douses otherwise stronger and more distinctive songs in far more reverb and echo than it needs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In its loose instrumentation and sometimes confused layers (and some questionable lyrics) it does sound noticeably like a side-project from start to finish, and that it was written and recorded in a hurry. There is magic in that of course, but you do feel that is not the way to coax out Finn's A-grade material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may not be his finest hour, but that doesn't mean it's without value. Yes, there are both righteous highs and tedious lows, but the inspired moments are worth cherishing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It'll be comforting to know that Plaid certainly haven't 'lost it', that said they haven't strayed far enough outside their comfort zone in order to do so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, Trans-Love Energies is too archival.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the songs flatline – ambient, rambling soundscapes that are largely indistinguishable...It's no coincidence that the briefest songs, when Syd really gets down and makes her personality felt, are also some of the best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    U&I
    While there are undoubtedly a number of interesting tracks here, it is debatable how well they work together. With judicious editing U & I could have made a truly killer E.P
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Instead of a coherent collection of songs, Animal Joy feels like a series of very clever blueprints that, while admirable in form, are often (despite that title), rather bloodless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It might be better to think of Hotel Sessions as a surviving collection of demos and rarities rather than a planned project. Handled in this way, the album begins to exude at least some charm.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A few instrumental passages could have been reined in, while the misguided inclusion of the irritating 'Dark Side' is an unfortunate blight on what is, overall, a cascading and rewarding listen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For such a self-avowed perfectionist, and judged against the admittedly high standards of his magnum opus, it comes up a little short.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a whole Pre-Language appears a little unfulfilled--a whole lot of build up, with minimal release
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are moments when Soft Hills' sound slight; even middle-of-the-road bland. But there's a beguiling soulfulness and a darkness to this record that will seep into your heart if you give it a chance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Grinderman 2 RMX provides an enjoyable enough distraction but ultimately this is a collection of material that would have worked better as an EP rather than an album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is yet another chillwave album. An album so typical of the genre that it even has the audacity to use the word "polaroid" in a lyric. What rescues it from mediocrity, however, is the flawlessly melodic melancholy of Edwards' voice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Harmonicraft often strays into pastiche when they attempt to cling on to their past, but comes into its own when it strides confidently into new realms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While in a way this record sums up everything the Cribs are about, it fails to foreground their most exciting aspects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bloom is in part brilliant but maddeningly safe and, ultimately, is a decidedly unsatisfying listen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps there's a danger here and there of Singh and Ayres getting their heads down and too deep in the blissed-out funk ... but really they just want to see what sticks. That's all they've ever tried, and most of it does.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Valtari is by no means a bad record; it's extremely easy to enjoy. It's even beautiful at times. Unfortunately, it's even easier to forget.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, this record sounds amazing... But in choosing to stick to classic song structures rather than utilise their incredible sound technology to explore the experimental avant-garde, or to make killer dance tracks, A Place To Bury Strangers run the risk of all their songs sounding pretty much the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A pleasant, professional offering that rarely goes anywhere you wouldn't expect it to.