Q Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 8,217 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Black Holes & Revelations
Lowest review score: 0 Gemstones
Score distribution:
8217 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Akchote can still serve up a dancefloor banger when required. ... Although its on the album's closing track that he discovers the perect balance between artistry and energy, silken-voiced R&B singer Gallant turning Run For Me into a heady EDM ballad that elevates his signature beats to new heights. [Dec 2019, p.115]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The frenzied feel of the record as a whole might scare off some Bloc Party fans, but this is vital, exciting stuff. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mind-bogglingly diverse four-hour-plus odyssey. ... A stand-alone single-disc sampler featuring 10 DRIFT highlights ranks as Underworld's finest long-player since 1999's Beaucoup Fish. [Dec 2019, p.114]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the perfect balance of serious pop and pop that doesn't take itself too seriously. [Dec 2019, p.107]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While partly rooted in grief, the songs here see magic in the mundane, the music's dreamy qualities fracturing into hallucinatory passages of cut-up vocals. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Headphones and a quiet room are essential for capturing the full depth, but the payoff is a sound-world of uncanny resonance. [Dec 2019, p.106]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If this isn't Quite her own trip, she leaves intriguing tracks to follow. [Dec 2019, p.110]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a record of real substance. [Dec 2019, p.111]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Four Of Arrows is proof the band can turn on a dime--perhaps they needn't worry about their best songs being ahead of them. [Dec 2019, p.110]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The personal trauma behind pony was evidently tough, but hope has rarely sounded so fresh. [Dec 2019, p.110]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anicca's luminous take on electronica shows Mandowa still prioritises quality over quantity and features some stellar collaborators. [Dec 2019, p.114]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times, things feel in danger of being middle of the road, but that's made up for by heavenly moments and voice-of-a-generation lyrcs already drawing comparisons with Lorde. [Dec 2019, p.110]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's frequently unsettling listen, but never a joyless one. [Dec 2019, p.110]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A solid, if not essential, Desert Sessions return. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where other ambient artists can veer dangerously close to musak, Frahm always brims with invention. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the exception of I've Got Reason, the ripsnorting garage rock that enlivened his earlier work has disappeared. Instead, the likes of Shelter and Show Me veer towards ponderous MOR. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cry
    Sensual melancholy is a mood but Cry occasionally needs another one or two up its heart adorned sleeve. [Dec 2019, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing almost everything himself, his command of sounds and styles feels masterful, seamlessly gliding between MOR-ish pop funk, stacks of gothic choral harmonies and the dreamy future-psych of Tame Impala. [Dec 2019, p.106]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the renewed sense of urgency and bubblegum appeal--see Live 'Til I Die--which ensures that Prof Hawkins's musical multiverse is still a thrilling place. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dawson's vision is exceptional; his sound is harder to follow. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with mesmerising detail yet powerful enough to dance to, the result is electronic music that radiates intelligence and emotion. [Dec 2019, p.109]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He lets the currents take it where they will, from the churning tumult of The Wave to the cresting, Bon Iver-ish Broken. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sadly much of this record is stuck in the shallows. [Dec 2019, p.114]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Building on 2015's explosive comeback album Freedom, War Music offers further proof that the gamble paid off, with Blood Red mixing Marxist doctrine and surging riffs to stunning effect. [Dec 2019, p.114]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It resonates with the kind of high seriousness that never weighed on his father. Still, the younger Jeffes brings a winning feel for modern, post-ambient arrangements. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Memory Streams is the sound of a band locked in a classy holding pattern. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More of these slinky, emotional outpourings please. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, the Horse prove their value over more polished ensembles, powering these naive constructs to a pure transcendent realm. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeous, grief-stricken LP. [Dec 2019, p.108]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gloriously adrenalised return to form. [Dec 2019, p.106]
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