The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 971 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 36% 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 Gentlemen At 21 [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 971
971 music reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to Kosmische classics, this is an essential. If you don't have this in your record collection, you're doing yourself a massive disservice.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite its lyrical limitations, Led Zeppelin remains an astonishing calling card.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At brief points Lamar does err on the side of self-indulgence, but for the most part his grandiosity is matched by his talent. A worthy follow up to its platinum-selling predecessor, To Pimp A Butterfly stands as a fearless and uncompromising manifestation of Lamar's desire to push the culture of rap forwards--a crusade that's as much in his blood as the city of Compton.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What was perfection has become even more perfect.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There'll never be another band like them. And if this is really it and they leave Blur to the history books, then it's a perfect way to remember this unique, occasionally annoying, but genuinely quite amazing band.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel Orange is a staggering step upwards from Nostalgia.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In another rapper's hands the concepts might have been overcooked or the messages too self-righteous, but Kendrick manages to achieve scale while remaining firmly grounded on two feet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not certain whether the acre to the desert forest has been crossed, but the feeling that abides is one of compassionate admiration for Stevens, not only for making this beautiful album of unfaltering rawness (and one which may even provide a crutch, a brutal one, for others), but for all of his work that has preceded it, music which frequently transcended the hurt of a life so wounded at its root.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apex Predator - Easy Meat retains the hyperactive energy and deadly pacing of its recent predecessors, and as a result, it gives their fans a diverse and devastating listening experience during what is a quintessential, zeitgeist-destroying grindcore album.
    • 88 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything works beautifully on what's still their most sublime piece.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In its breadth of ambition and stunningly realised sounds, Dark Energy delivers more than just a new twist on an established style. Remaining tightly linked to the music of Jlin's forebears and contemporaries, it nonetheless maps out an inspiring and tantalising glimpse of electronic music's future.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outsider soul from a true original.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    50 Words for Snow is undoubtedly whimsical, but it's played and arranged so exquisitely that even the most po-faced should be able to acknowledge the scale of its achievement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    As vital as the air that you breathe, you need this album in your life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They show us what pop music can do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hinterland is playful--a vibrant and urgent combination of genealogy and vision--and it is this that truly makes it a masterpiece. Not only does Campbell have the creative chops to create such richly evocative music, but she does it with a wink and a smile.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not a live album, but an alive album, one of the most visceral, beautiful records you'll hear this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hunter is an example of how to crossover without selling out--something Metallica never learned--and no matter how many copies it sells, this is the mainstream heavy rock album of the year.