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 X&Y
Lowest review score: 10 One
Score distribution:
1,854 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's amazing about Alright, Still is how similar the girl with the blog is to the girl with the hit record. [Mar 2007, p.129]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It radiates the observant calm of old masters who have seen enough life to be ready for anything--Yeats, Matisse, Sonny Rollins. [Sep 2006, p.139]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Finn] tells better stories than anyone else in music these days. [Oct 2006, p.131]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've created the Sgt. Pepper of screamo.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Bush-Blair era has damaged these guys, and the results rule. [Jun 2007, p.105]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can only discover fire once, though, so instead of a revolutionary blueprint, Neon Bible makes a triumphant clamor that's nearly as cathartic. [Apr 2007, p.109]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is there another "Float On"? It scarcely matters: 10 years into their career, Modest Mouse have stumbled into their best album yet. [Mar 2007, p.137]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of a band not stretching out so much as digging in: burrowing deeper into loamy soil they know well. [Jul 2007, p.109]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creamy and precise, every coo and arpeggio blows through your ear buds like the ruffle of crisp bills.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an exhilarating, disorienting sense of freedom tot he album, the ruse of rules being ignored. [Aug 2008, p.79]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skeletal Lamping is a new high for this long-running yet just-peaking band.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've been compiled to death, but this two-disc set is the most comprehensive survey yet of the Mancunians' brief, tear-stained blaze through the mid-'80s indie-pop firmament. [Feb 2009, p.67]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Backspacer is the bands most mature album to date and clocking in at just over 36 minutes, it is also their most condensed work; It’s as if Pearl Jam is channeling Ernest Hemingway, with not a wasted breath or note anywhere to be found.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His voice comes as sharp as a rusty switchblade. [#8, p.125]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Charming and enrapturing, adrift in its own unique, invented world. [#11, p.142]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounds like the work of musicians who've spent just half an hour apart, not 20-odd years. [#11, p.143]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Celebrity shines brightest when the group matures enough to forget about its image and focus on the tunes. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.126]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its surging orchestrations and and acoustic subtelties seem willfully out of step with current trends, taking time to reveal their unique, and very British, charms.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ceaselessly enthusiastic European dance-pop that's deliriously colorful, vividly inane and usually about themselves. [Aug 2003, p.126]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is slick, snarky pop with flashes of brilliance. [#12, p.151]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The arrangements are so flush with guitar hooks and buoyant harmonies that these tunes are entertaining even when they're not catchy. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.108]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Somehow the emotions bleed through, raw as hell. [#17, p.132]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great record to play at 3 A.M. [#10, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    YYY cram their furious music full of twists and spasmic enthusiasm, filling every second with motion. [#8. p.127]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    For the most part, the formula still works fine. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.107]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it's commercial, but Rosey's expert melding of dance beats and hippie dippiness adds up to a debut slick with beatnik cool. [#8, p.122]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that continues their mission of yanking bluegrass into the modern era. [#9, p.149]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glorious, distorted drill-press guitar riffs. [#13, p.103]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ladytron's doom-laden arrangements feel as accomplished as Radiohead jamming with the Pet Shop Boys. [#10, p.120]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While her wailing contemporaries go off the rails with exaggeration, Braxton merely tightens her groove and rides these mellow, meaty melodies. [#13, p.91]
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