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 Extraordinary Machine
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1,854 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking sound collage to seamless, organic perfection, Tobin arranges his samples like he's conducting a living orchestra. [#11, p.144]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sad, pretty, funny and touching. [#14, p.137]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their tightest, bounciest album. [#11, p.125]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've toughened up considerably. [#12, p.154]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've made a great record of choogling and--surprisingly for the wonky Malkmus--tender tunes. [Apr 2003, p.125]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far from the usual collision of greatest hits and "Hello, Cleveland"-type bluster. [#4, p.122]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs on Cuttin' Heads are his strongest since 1993's Human Wheels. [#4, p.120]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Calla's tension-filled deliberations are similar to the calibrated push-and-pull of SIgur Ros, but not nearly as pristine. [#14, p.133]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quiet pleasures, but worth seeking out. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.130]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Convincingly lovely through and through. [#17, p.140]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's a full-fledged alternative auteur, skipping effortlessly from hypnotic electronics to refracted torch songs to balls-out alt-rock. [Aug 2003, p.134]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Young sounds fresher here than he has in nearly a decade. [Apr/May 2002, p.110]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offers a twisted melancholy David Lynch would applaud. [May 2003, p.120]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A conceptual bacchanal of sweat-drenched lust. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And if he occasionally errs on the side of self-indulgence... so be it; for every moment of youthful overreach, there's another that shows a promising new talent in first bloom. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.121]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Miller ups the melodic ante, staking his claim to becoming his generation's answer to Nick Lowe or Marshall Crenshaw. [#10, p.123]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Imperial Teen deploy the familiar language of pop-rock, then subvert it with strange, chewy tales, making music that wraps arsenic in a candy coating. [Apr/May 2002, p.114]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tuneful, kinky and deeply rooted in groove--a combination that evokes the best of both Prince and Macy Gray. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.112]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Clan's lyricists remain as aggressively word-drunk as ever, balancing the music's pop conciseness with oblique rhymes that compel repeated listening. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.116]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May be the best CD of his career. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.112]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the group's continued synchronicity that makes puns like "Kissing Asphalt" both chat-room hip and roller-rink authentic. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.110]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With innovative, funk-influenced beats and engaging rhymes, Lif brilliantly avoids the pitfalls of vacuous bling-drones and 'real hip-hop" whiners alike. [#10, p.124]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unashamed candor often spells dreary self-indulgence. In Germano's insightful hands, it's fascinating and strangely exhilarating. [May 2003, p.119]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this collection has a coherent theme, it's the cautious joy of a man making his emotional recovery. [#4, p.119]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music makes her giddiness contagious. [#16, p.114]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from disposable ballads and the sappy "Perfect Man," Survivor blasts haters, child molesters, and "been-around-the-block-females," keeping the blood up as they whup ass. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dear Heather is top Cohen. [Nov 2004, p.131]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    At times, i turns dangerously slow and arty.... But for the first time, [Merritt's] lethargic croak also emits a few degrees of human warmth. [May 2004, p.124]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lavigne splices the angst of Alanis Morissette and the snarl of Courtney Love into a debut full of sunny guitar pop. [#8, p.115]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Immediately transforms VHS or Beta from disco revivalists into one of rock's best new bands. [Oct 2004, p.130]
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