Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 7,627 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Stadium Arcadium
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
7627 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though for all the slick instrumental interplay, with guitarist Steve Lacy again outstanding, it's Syd's hushed, Aaliyah-like delivery that supplies the core emotional connection. [Aug 2018, p.111]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Joy
    It walks to the wobbly line between the sparkling and the indulgent with the former just about winning out. [Aug 2018, p.116]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An exercise in restraint. [Aug 2018, p.114]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sam Owen's milky vocals give these songs a bloodless, etiolated quality that's as sinister as it is pretty. [Summer 2018, p.114]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An understated but always involving affair. [Summer 2018, p.116]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The maestro's arpeggiators show no signs of seizing up, even if there's a touch of melancholia about Tangerine Dream-like opener First Movement and Clean Air. [Aug 2018, p.116]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For a "difficult" record, it's an oddly easy sell--an instant, atmospheric disturbance, a tiny portable wormhole. [Aug 2018, p.108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is nervy, restless music for turbulent times. And all the better for it. [Aug 2018, p.113]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a tough listen--Lotic's aural trademark, a kind of restless arrhythmia, can be exhausting--but pays off with dazzling highs such as Bulletproof, the blueprint for a reconstructed avant-pop paradigm. [Aug 2018, p.113]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Full marks, then, for ambitions but there's still a powerful sense here of a man trying way too hard. [Aug 2018, p.108]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An agreeably self-assured comeback from a talent who's come up the hard way. [Summer 2018, p.106]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Years & Years currently seem unconcerned with idiosyncrasy and edge, but it's hard to mind when they've hit a pop spot this sweet. [Summer 2018, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Randell's lyrics reveal subversiveness too, telling of teenage insurrections and small-town upsets. Steve Hassett's backing, meanwhile, is characterised by enough strange impulses and pleasing deviations to whirr and rattle through the stillness. The band's third album is filled with such quirks and quiet rebellions. [Aug 2018, p.113]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The San Francisco five-piece remain unforgiving epic, vocals mostly descendant from that same raspy wraith lineage. [Aug 2018, p.108]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its breezy mix of acid pop, acoustic whimsy and sunshine funk drifts by with all the staying power of a warm afternoon. [Aug 2018, p.108]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is an album that feels mystifyingly oblique, but also unburdened with the pursuit of anything bar a gentle beauty. [Aug 2018, p.111]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call The Comet firmly underlines Johnny Marr's commitment to his solo career. [Aug 2018, p.110]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the fiery One Up, One Down and the four zigzagging interpretations of Impressions that truly add tot he indispensability of this set. [Aug 2018, p.119]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A set that sounds hauled up from another time and place. [Aug 2018, p.111]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an album that makes you feel the real Florence Welch is only beginning. [Aug 2018, p.106]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall, Endless Scroll feels self-righteous and misses the crucial idea that insurrection can actually be fun. [Jul 2018, p.108]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Be More Kind strikes a balance between the personal and the political. [Jun 2018, p.116]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole exercise has an infectious exuberance, even if it isn't quite the must-have document its title suggests. [Summer 2018, p.114]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a hugely entertaining album. A musical travelogue whose breadth of styles fits the vast nation it eulogises. [Summer 2018, p.107]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moral and financial considerations aside, this stands a monument to success and excess. [Summer 2018, p.118]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's that juxtaposition between sunshiny pop and yearning lyrics that defines much of The Now Now. ... This latest chapter in the Gorillaz story sounds like a deeply confessional one. [Summer 2018, p.108]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They've revealed themselves as a rare, brilliant talent. [Summer 2018, p.104]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Now it would seem that the 40-year-old is keen to get back to that place, smashing through extremo rockers such as You Get To Rome and enjoying himself so much that he often audibly breaks into laughter. Sometimes, though, it tips over in to jammy self-indulgence. [Summer 2018, p.110]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's breathless and occasionally shallow, but never less than entertaining. [Summer 2018, p.114]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Zebra finds Georgopoulos in purely instrumental mode, boundary-blurring jazz, African, Balearic and kosmische influences with mixed results. [Summer 2018, p.106]
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