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 Once In A Lifetime
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1854 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    EBTG still have some way to go before they can mix such disparate elements together successfully. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.108]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The new songs are excessively polished and precisely drawn, and relentlessly deliver an uplifting message. [Jun 2006, p.145]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Their sixth album enlists Michael Bay levels of volume and grandeur in the service of alarmingly generic, hookless power ballads and plodding prog etudes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sets records for twee-ness. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.111]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    And just as 1992's Connected served as an antidote to grunge in its day, Dirty hopes to deliver more nuanced dance music to its fans. Too little, too late, though. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.116]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Almost a novelty record--a musical version of a press release or a spin-control interview with Diane Sawyer. [#14, p.128]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The line between this credible Faces-cum-Skynyrd jam band's best and worst material remains slimmer than even their most ardent fanatic might hope. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.105]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's highly clinical, and Allison is as remote as ever. [#11, p.124]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's little to indicate an intrinsic personality unusual enough to demand your attention. [#10, p.118]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The format is so rambling and fragmented that is serves neither Poe the storyteller noor Reed the songwriter. [#13, p.97]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Von
    Slower into its stride, with tune-free twittering and dull homages to FX-pedal rock making up the first half. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.123]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The big '80s-style production highlights her breathy-sexy vulnerability, but Presley's better when she rocks. [May 2005, p.123]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the songs on Title TK are mostly half-written train wrecks. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.103]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Their tedious bravado is more entertaining than their music. [Apr 2005, p.122]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It sounds as bitter and cynical as most of Chilton's solo stuff since Big Star originally imploded. [Oct 2005, p.134]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Shock gets dull, though, and Bizarre's bloated debut is profoundly unfunny. [Jul 2005, p.115]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only standout is "Down On The Corner," built around the ear-pricking chords and lithe grace that stamp Marr's best work. [#14, p.139]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A weak echo of those gloriously clean and spacious LPs [of the 70s]. [Dec 2003, p.136]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's rather straight where [his 1970 debut] was eccentric and charming. [Oct 2005, p.139]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bitter, cold and insular, None Shall Pass is also profoundly (if proudly) out of step. [Sep 2007, p.124]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The rich studio gloss and unmistakable vocal mannerisms she's cultivated over 30 years cover nicely for the weakness of her new material. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.114]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The resulting batch of songs... just pad out the duller bits of blink, then add walls of mid-'80s-era U2 guitar chimes. [Jun 2006, p.136]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hearing "Cactus" and "Subbacultcha" transformed into droning ambient jazz is upsetting, yet somehow perfect for this listen-once-and-destroy disc. [Dec 2004, p.134]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Offers few joys beyond the witty title. [Apr/May 2002, p.114]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, though, if Petty's fourteenth album fails to emulate the success of his best work, it won't be because corporations have conspired to turn off his mic, but because it's simply not as good. [#10, p.127]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Too much about Tracy Chapman's Let It Rain is austere. [#12, p.138]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The second half drops off badly--the band seem to think that the tonic for a weak lyric is to slow the tempo to a crawl. [Nov 2005, p.130]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's unfortunate that the balladry is rendered via anesthetized soul instead of the ambitious arrangements of Timbaland. [May 2003, p.118]
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Without the blue-eyed soul conviction of the original, it's enough to make even second-tier grunge has-beens like Seven Mary Three seem like innovators. [Dec 2003, p.145]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Deadening, obnoxious stuff. [Mar 2006, p.115]
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