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 No Line On The Horizon
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1,854 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At 72 minutes, the gorgeous gloom of It Still Moves lasts a bit longer than it has to--but it offers a host of tarnished gems along the way. [Sep 2003, p.126]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Subduing the bright tinge of her country-flavored roots rock, Essence's acoustic musings mix Delta blues with Nick Drake-style nocturnal intimacy, while Williams's voice limits itself to a hushed drawl. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yanqui U.X.O.'s five long tracks unfold in distinct movements, like symphonic '70s prog, but with rawer, emotional atmospherics. [#13, p.93]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike similar records... this has a unity of aesthetic purpose, a competitive wallop, even (kind of) a seriousness. [Mar 2004, p.127]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is by turns atmospheric, quirky and joyous. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.126]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes the tone is self-congratulatory, but a house band this glorious deserves some kind of standing ovation. [May 2004, p.127]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is Under Rug Swept as good as Jagged Little Pill? Ultimately, no. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A debut on par with the music of Massive Attack, Underworld or Kruder & Dorfmeister.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intentionally ludicrous Eurotrash concept album about the sweet life. [Apr/May 2002, p.113]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've got more sweet-and-bitter guitar muscle than ever. [#8, p.122]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The emotional terrain is much more treacherous here, and more rewarding for it. [Oct 2003, p.114]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album stands on its own, with... an emphasis on beats rather than technical tricks. [#27, p.149]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not so much what Zevon says as how he says it: with an air of ragged, nothing-to-lose spontaneity. [Sep 2003, p.133]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two long, draggy pieces near the end of The Private Press are its only intimations of mortality. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.102]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike 2001's spare Essence, this album prickles with the lyrical details that make Williams's work exceptional. [#15, p.126]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Badly Drawn Boy pulls off the job with panache, tipping his hat to Nick Drake, Burt Bacharach and acoustic-era Bob Dylan. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.103]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ikara Colt have clambered up the food chain by choosing the short, sharp shock of mid-'80s Sonic Youth as the template for their entire being. [#12, p.143]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect introduction to Tindersticks' queasy, cinematic elegance. [Aug 2003, p.133]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A further step forward. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.102]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brings Pierce's preoccupation with panoramic emotional and chemical excess to startling, transcendent climax. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.112]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mope-rock never felt so good. [Nov 2003, p.121]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another assault of angular, Sonic Youth-style guitar and earnest anger that's more leftfield than most punk, and more engaging than many of their post-rock peers. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.110]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just as electrifying as before. [May 2003, p.125]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an attractive kind of stoner-folk, whose dimensions she controls on a minute level, with enough gradually shifting detail to get lost in. [#27, p.139]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their propulsive intensity busts down garage doors, stumbling only with the wrongheaded ersatz cocktail ballad. [#8, p.117]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most original spin on indie-pop in years. [Dec 2003, p.140]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delays have found a way to combine the sparkling harmonies of the Byrds with the glorious noise of My Bloody Valentine, and still sound as fresh and surprising as a London heat wave. [#27, p.134]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amnesiac isn't a difficult album -- or, rather, it's not a mere experiment but a successful one... Nobody has ever made a record that sounds like this before. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.109]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ego War doesn't disappoint, offering an instant hit of raucous energy via choppy rave-house dynamics, high-density Daft Punk-style production and a refreshingly anti-epic approach to songwriting. [#16, p.114]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pop has made more nuanced albums than this in recent years, but Skull Ring is about reclaiming the franchise as unselfconsciously as is possible. [Oct 2003, p.125]
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