The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 708 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 Slave Vows
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 708
708 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A debut so exquisitely tooled I cannot find a thing wrong with it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's that mix of astral expensiveness and strict artistry that makes Thundercat's debut LP The Golden Age Of Apocalypse as grand and visionary as its title.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mission Of Burma are excellent, their new album is equally excellent, and an easy contender for best rock album of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel Orange is a staggering step upwards from Nostalgia.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Melody's Echo Chamber is a glorious album. Its success lies in the balance between Prochet's ability to break out of the (supposed) shackles of her structured classical composition education, while still delivering a suite of songs that are coherent, eminently listenable and blend lightness with dark foreboding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smoke has certainly raised the stakes for any aspiring Chicago producer in creating the most consolidated longform effort in the genre to date.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of a depth and ambition that should, frankly, set a standard for contemporary art music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    {Awayland} is a treasure trove of an album, brimming with ideas, most of which work and all of which, at the very least, prove that O'Brien is not simply another little-boy-lost lamenting the fact his parents wouldn't pass him the salt, but a songwriter of real note.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's ambitious, personal, unusual and, crucially, touched with brilliance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Iceage's You're Nothing is one of the most exciting, open-minded pop punk (not THAT sort) albums I've heard in years.
    • 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
    So more than half the album is fantastic, and the rest is very, very strong.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the soundtrack to Les Revenants, they have created a work of aural tension; a masterclass in how implied threat is far more effective than a million scary monsters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pearl Mystic is the best British psychedelic album since the 1990s; maybe more than that.