The Quietus' Scores

  • Music
For 1,510 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Clockwork Angels
Lowest review score: 0 Lulu
Score distribution:
1510 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deaths is particularly, brazenly haphazard: it was written and recorded briskly, around full-time jobs, and the results are thrillingly erratic without ever feeling rushed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an immersive listen, full of eerie familiarity and suspended body horror; a quasi-mystical sense of oneness gives Anticlines cohesion and a sense of spiritual comfort, and somehow reminds of of the vast indifferent universe as we descend into environmental disaster.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Behavior jitters with energy and swells with smart touches, and if Kuperus and Miller are still as dedicated as this album indicates, then maybe they don’t need you rubes anyhow.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yves Tumor has let assertiveness, assuredness and vulnerability run wild within him for Safe In The Hands Of Love and the result is magisterial and deeply engaging.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [The title track is] a challenging conclusion to a beautifully crafted, exploratory piece of work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Grande’s new sound, the Williams-produced Not-Bangers, only make up half of the album. These standout tracks are interspersed between standard pop tracks. ... That’s not to say that the Bangers on Sweetener are bad--it’s more that they belong in previous era of Grande and they spoil the flow between songs. Sweetener may not be the dawning of a new age for Ariana but it could be a step towards somewhere weird and wonderful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mitski’s devotion to music has resulted in a tremendously earnest and endearing record.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Joy as an Act of Resistance is a feature-length confirmation of what many have long suspected: channelled via frontman Joe Talbot, the Bristol five-piece are striking a midpoint between polemical and impactful, the grit of which few contemporary guitar bands have any odds of outdoing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hunter is a tempestuous album full of haunting, unsettling vocals; it resonates with evocative power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only, minor caveat is that the songs end a little too abruptly. But there’s enough good music here to listen to over and over and to get you giddy about what Sink Ya Teeth will do next.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t Look Away is a supremely confident album from a songwriter who has found his place and knows his music. It completes a trilogy which is essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why the psychedelic lineage of the past 50 years is fresh and alive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    By the album’s end, they seem to be stuck in a cul-de-sac. The next album, one hopes, will come along soon and help them out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Astroworld is no Rodeo or Birds In The Trap Singing McKnight, but it’s a beautiful creation of sonically striking sounds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These experimental techniques give Bachman's recordings a unique intimacy and a rare openness. His is a brave music of warmth, community and generosity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a vital debut that captures a dark, uncertain time, but counters displacement--in all its forms--with grace, nerve, and a spine-tingling call to arms, and perhaps just as importantly, a call to dance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Too strident to be remotely ambient, and too thoroughly liquid to be pure post punk, Sleepless is the kind of album you simply fall for, in a way that you embrace something that sounds familiar but almost aggressively fresh and vibrant; and like seductive but unnerving classics by Pink Floyd, PiL, Roedelius, Riley or Eno, it wraps you in fur but never quite allows you to relax.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At many points the overall effect is hypnotizing with the way musical phrases interlock; the sounds are unpredictably stimulating, and the storytelling is relatable without coming off cheesy. Hive Mind, as the name suggests, presents The Internet as the tightest they’ve ever been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the surfeit of sounds and samples in Powers’ productions, he’s made an album that can still breathe with moments of serenity amongst the freneticism, one that provides moments where the antagonistic, alienating sounds of modern life can be reworked to make something pleasing, even joyful to the ear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Cowboy Junkies are still making music this far down the line is to be applauded. That it ranks with the very best of their material deserves nothing less than an ovation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Irisiri is an album that explores the concepts of femininity, technology and the how many non-conforming bodies end up falling between the cracks in the seemingly implacable poles of gender, sex and the human, all her songs display seemingly disparate contrasts of surrealist wordplay, with organic, fragile tones and cold, machinist grind, as she pieces and stitches them into idiosyncratic little monsters that at times bewilders, but ultimately beguiles you with their curiosity and playfulness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Switch confirms Body/Head as the best post-Sonic Youth project by a country mile, but to merely classify them as an afterthought of that group does them a great disservice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    JP3
    JP3 is a rollicking delight, exactly the sort of album we need right on the crest of summertime. Its power, though, will last way beyond the summer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Footwork, however, appears to have no shortage of peculiar, adaptable, and idiosyncratic producers that resist any such outcome. I’ll Tell You What is slippery, contrary, devious--to listen is to be seduced and mangled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While their evolution in favour of modern soul perhaps won’t fill as many dancefloors as their earlier releases, Closer Apart is one of the most life-affirming and addictive records of the year, from a collaboration that truly justifies its existence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deafheaven have not just made one of the best metal albums in recent memory, they’ve made one of the best albums of the decade, full stop. It’s a powerful, honest record, and further proof that music always has new places to travel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the heavy subject matter, the album feels optimistic and imbued with a belief in the potential for humanity’s transformation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By tackling the mediocrity of a chart-topping genre head-on and infusing every track with genuine polemical anger, Miss Red and The Bug have created a record that is as thrilling as it is timely.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still Trippin’ doesn’t have the crossover punch of DJ Rashad’s Double Cup, which definitely influenced it, but the potential is there just the same.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a revealing, thrilling album by an artist who took a very particular experience and used it to create a beautiful project.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Expectations hits a lot more than it misses. Bebe Rexha is no ordinary singer. She’s a chameleon who can switch vocals, blend with any sound, and find rhythm with any tempo. She is an artist that can make other genres pop.