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 7.1 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:
1,854 music reviews
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    Not since 1966's Blonde on Blonde has Dylan sounded so happy and alert. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    A nearly flawless collection of hummable overtures. [#17, p.138]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Tempering futurism with retro-rap here, [Timbaland and Missy] feed the old through the new and refresh both. [#12, p.142]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Any collection that encompasses A Guy Called Gerald's peerless dance anthem "Voodoo Ray" and Joy Division's exquisite "Atmosphere" is "double double good," as the Happy Mondays' drug-addled singer Shaun Ryder used to quip. [#9, p.158]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    Uncommonly rich and unfashionably gynocentric, Scarlet's Walk makes the personal universal, using the stories of women lost, left and unseen to chart a map of the American psyche. [#11, p.124]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    With Rock N Roll, Ryan Adams has thrown off the trappings of underachievement and grabbed for the crown. [Dec 2003, p.132]
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Phrenology is a celebration of self-determination, a nonstop joyride through some very complicated brains. [#12, p.149]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    Marred only by incredibly pompous liner notes and a lack of worthy rarities. [#23, p.122]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Their best, most expansive album. [#8, p.112]
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    • 91 Metascore
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    This 'boxxx holds an explosion of creativity that couldn't have been contained in just one LP. [Nov 2003, p.118]
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    • 97 Metascore
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    Some of the most gripping singing you're going to hear all year.... A brave, unrepeatable record that speaks to her whole life. [May 2004, p.123]
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    • 90 Metascore
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    Reveals added nuance with every listen. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.102]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    Not since the Clash has a band evoked so precisely the grime and thrill of young London. [#15, p.124]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    S-K swagger like they never have before, eschewing the filler that made their last few records drag. [#9, p.157]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Murphy pushes the near-immaculate music into the realm of genius with witty lyrics and wonderfully tetchy vocals. [Mar 2005, p.141]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    X&Y
    [Coldplay] have made their masterpiece. [Jun 2005, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    This is one helluva piece of singer-songwriter art. [Nov 2005, p.129]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    What elevates the Monkeys into a class of their own is Turner. [Apr 2006, p.113]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    This is Love’s ultimate achievement. A band long broken up, and so majestic they’ve been relegated to history books, has been refashioned in a way that makes a fresh and startling presentation of songs as familiar as the Ten Commandments.
    • 72 Metascore
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    No Line on the Horizon is U2’s third killer in a row--by now, it’s bizarre to remember that just 10 years ago, everybody thought they were headed toward the dinosaur band tar pits.
    • 84 Metascore
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    His new take scythes through the original, revealing growls and guitars long obscured—sometimes it’s distracting, but often it lends the songs a newfound jolt.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Ever since he figured out how to write tough-buzzard songs, on his 1997 comeback Time Out of Mind, he’s been knocking them out of the park. This one leans hard on ready-made blues in the citified-country-ways style of Chess Records.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For her to pull off something as ambitious, gritty and accomplished as this at age 21 is flat-out amazing. [#15, p.127]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Presents a rarity--a genuinely new sound. [Nov 2004, p.136]
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    • 86 Metascore
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    British Sea Power's vision makes most independent rock seem callow and weak-minded. [Sep 2003, p. 119]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Could be the best album he's ever made. [Dec 2004, p.146]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    Every track is stellar. [Aug 2004, p.133]
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Handled with less love, this could feel like a smug wander through an ironic record collection. Here, it becomes sexy, life-affirming pop. [Aug 2004, p.141]
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    • 85 Metascore
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    It's Twin Cinema's relative melancholy that makes it the band's best album yet. [Sep 2005, p.134]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is something of a songcraft master class.... A career best. [Dec 2005, p.150]
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