Blender's Scores

  • Music
For 1,854 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Love And Theft
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1854 music reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While straying from metal's path, they uphold its legacy of conservative politics. [Nov 2007, p.148]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The doggedly retro approach ultimately muzzles the Noise COnspiracy's radical bite. [Nov 2005, p.136]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Thompson's pure, effortlessly soaring vocals feel undimmed by time. [#9, p.156]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The best songs have concise melodies and a likeable punch. The worst just sound like sketches, riffs a more traditionally ambitious group would have discarded. [#8, p.116]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The bonus disc of dance remixes merely piles another layer of fastidiousness atop the already epically fussed-over tracks. [2007 Aug, p.120]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Think 1993's hit "Regret," but with tougher guitars, rockier grooves and a more up vibe. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.113]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even though there's nothing new, the album offers enough in the way of big-beat guitar and sing-along choruses to keep Smash Mouth on the charts for another two years. [#4, p.123]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The results range from stupid to sexy to irresistably stupid. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.103]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Occasionally overblown... [Aug/Sep 2001, p.132]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the tracks don't quite rise above their obvious influences, Radiohead and U2. [#10, p.118]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Continues Cash's no-fun, high-literary period. [#15, p.121]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    OST
    The soundtrack is faultlessly authentic, though you might wish it weren't so damned reverent. [Mar 2004, p.130]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Paired with the Kids’ fidelity to verse/chorus pop, Pryor’s boyishly confident, hopeful delivery can sound pro forma, even mindless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For an album almost four years in the making, it's frustratingly half-finished, like a series of preliminary sketches. [#27, p.142]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sits squarely in the middle of B&S's comfort zone: never bad but rarely inspiring. [Mar 2006, p.109]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Exactly zero songs on Spirit come close to matching 'Bleeding Love.' On the album, she fares best when not allowed to overindulge in her sterling voice as on the haunting electro kiss-off 'Take a Bow' and the svelte power ballad 'I Will Be,' co-written by Avril Lavigne.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Occasional flashes of brilliance transcend the deja-vu pastiche. [Apr 2005, p.113]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The songs aren't strong enough to hold the disparate influences together. [#13, p.91]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This Is Not A Test lacks feeling--besides beats, what else what does she care about? [Jan 2004, p.102]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A letdown after Chicken-N-Beer. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.111]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rio
    While their new album never thrashes, it at least keeps its pretty bare feet on Mother Earth.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Negativland's chugging cacophony seems a fitting and grisly tribute to human road kill. [#11, p.138]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Split[s] the difference between guaranteed hook appeal and a decent simulation of emotional truth. [Oct 2004, p.129]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The title song is killer, but built of such familiar musical materials that when it comes around the third time, it’s plumb tuckered out. The track is one of three standouts that run over five minutes, and all three are too long.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the ticked-off one breaks up the most consistently grooving album of his career with too many well-meaning but intrusive conspiracy-minded skits. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.110]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Osborne clearly believes that her love for this material gives her the right to make it her own--which she does, convincingly. [#10, p.125]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brainwashed suggests that Harrison's last years were largely comfortable, slow-paced and unaffected by any worries about his relevance. [#12, p.144]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An instrument-juggling, one-man-band approach that recalls the romantic, psychedelic pop of the Zombies and the textured electronics of Radiohead.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    His flat baritone suggests he’s still new at this whole “getting angry” thing, but the dude’s got the damaged part down.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [The instrumentals are] a curious bonus for his fans, but not much more. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.113]
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