The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 1,412 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Slave Vows
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
1412 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite its lyrical limitations, Led Zeppelin remains an astonishing calling card.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A debut so exquisitely tooled I cannot find a thing wrong with it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What was perfection has become even more perfect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's so lean and spare sonically that it feels like a dash of cold water to the face after the cacophonous, dense To Pimp A Butterfly; it's so light on its feet that it makes Good Kid, M.A.A.D City feel ponderous in comparison. It does this while also staking its claim to being Kendrick's most philosophically profound album to date.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Laibach seize every opportunity on Also Sprach Zarathustra to bring out the grandiose psychodrama and tension inherent in a founding tract of modern philosophy, rendering what could have been merely bombastic and brutal as spectacular and even sublime. It might not be greatest present that has ever been made to humanity, but it is a resoundingly impressive feat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Open is magical, calming, intriguing, beautiful. It makes me smile to listen to it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's ambitious, personal, unusual and, crucially, touched with brilliance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outsider soul from a true original.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Energy was already a significant left turn for footwork and Black Origami is a leap into the future from that, with probably only ‘1%’ (featuring Holly Herndon) from Black Origami sounding like anything on her first album.