Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 8,080 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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks [Extended Edition]
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
8080 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perfectly encapsulate what Astronaut Buzz Aldrin described as space's "magnificent desolation." Includes new LP, All Mankind, making it truly indispensable. [Aug 2019, p.119]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eerie yet often enthralling electronica. [Aug 2019, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [The] dub deconstruction of second LP Con Todo El Mundo illustrates the trio's virtuosity at sculpting pleasingly languorous, stripped-down soundscapes. [Aug 2019, p.113]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The projects most diverse and entertaining recording so far. [Aug 2019, p.109]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a record that turned out exactly as Hutchison intended. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kokoko! are far more ramshackle affair than Mbongwana's dub-drenched African Funk, with "instruments" all but salvaged from junkyards. The effect is deliriously infectious--Gruff, chanted vocals, wandering basslines and often woozy FX that can render the whole disorientating and dreamlike. [Aug 2019, p.112]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The curiously carved music is a perfect frame. Another peak. [Aug 2019, p.115]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    III
    Although III doesn't offer anything to rival [2014's Beggin For Thread] in songwriting stakes, it does manage to mine thrills from an adventurous production. [Aug 2019, p.108]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is gold for fans. Worth the £18 for the definitive version of lost classic Lift alone. [Aug 2019, p.119]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wiggy, long-sought after 1976 LP utilises the trills, parps and hums of the pre-digital modular synthesizer to walk the circuit board between easy listening and ambient weirdness. [Aug 2019, p.119]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album made for--and from--these times. [Aug 2019, p.112]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The shock of the new is gone, but they've rediscovered the art of surprise. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounds like the work of a band reinvigorated. [Aug 2019, p.117]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It struggles to impart much buoyant energy, with individual songs tending to sink into soporific mass of breathy vocals and mellow riffs. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliant debut, splicing rock, modern pop and EDM. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magician's Success and the Can-does-The-Normal bleep of Backstroke could be missing soundtracks to some experimental Cold War animation. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are curveballs along the way--an unexpected bagpipe riff on Hey Ma, for instance--but largely this is a fast, furious record that sounds startlingly vital in these worrisome times. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I Love You. It's A Fever Dream is hardly cluttered, but it's those little details that really lift his fifth LP as The Tallest Man On Earth. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it stumbles it can dissolve into musical Esperanto. But when the balance is right--as on Everybody's nod to original diversity icons Sly And The Family Stone--Depayse makes for scintillating listening. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their songwriting doesn't always soar like their Hall of Fame inspirations, but the intense, super-saturated atmosphere is every bit as evocative as that advertised on the neon-lit cover. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Many of the early tracks feel over-packed with ideas, musical styles , thrusts of synth, bongos, spoken word and chemtrails of jazz. Later, though, when he settles into sparser ballad territory, there is a sense of him drawing into focus as an artist. [Aug 2019, p.116]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a winningly fluid mix of on-trend beats, intriguing cameos and subtle, Eastern-influenced melodies. [Aug 2019, p.113]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Birgy is a rare talent who, a decade into her career, might just be due her moment. [Aug 2019, p.112]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amid the dominant electronics, the regular injections of big, sonorous basslines, clattering percussion and discordant jazz tones make for a thrilling ride that pulses with energy and adventure. [Aug 2019, p.112]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Heightened emotions stop Keepsake's soft-focus textures from slipping into the background. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Welcoming in the wider world as Goldlink's laid-back delivery flows with deceptive ease over Joke Ting's sinuous, tropical R&B, the Afrobeats-like bounce of Zulu Screams and Yard's captivating Caribbean riddim. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not all of the dream-influenced Gold Past Life is sharp enough around the edges to propel Johnson away from cultdom, but the high-definition poignancy of Drawn Away and the title track's aggressive Bee Gees pastiche show him decisively pushing at the walls. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Possibly The Flaming Lips' most upliftingly utopian work since Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As haunting as it is enchanting. [Aug 2019, p.111]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that is very much more than the sum of its parts. [Aug 2019, p.108]
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