The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 707 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Nzca/Lines
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 707
707 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metz [have] easily made one of the finest and most ferocious punk albums in years on this sledgehammer of a debut.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilst it may lack the game-changing originality of other big 2011 releases, the record spans half a century of musical history more effectively than any other in recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not often an album of such stature exceeds one's anticipations, but Honor is too astounding to not be revered.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So more than half the album is fantastic, and the rest is very, very strong.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave is always the first to give fulsome credit to his band, and they aim true here in the most explorative, coherent and well-realised Bad Seeds album in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Autumnal, witty, sad, lovely and very, very English The Violence is the high watermark of Hayman's career and one of the finest British releases of 2012, a record that neither floats, nor drowns, but soars.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's ambitious, personal, unusual and, crucially, touched with brilliance.
    • 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.
    • 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.