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 Under Construction
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1854 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's groove-deprived and difficult, and not in a particularly inventive way. [May 2008, p.78]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Kravitz has evolved merely from one set of retro-’70s surfaces to another, with uncharacteristically uninspired hooks.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Isaacs’s indistinct, flannel-waving wail doesn’t add anything to these titanic anthems of soul and struggle, which don’t say much beyond: Dave Navarro, still breathing, still taking meetings.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Skimps on warmth and even grit except on a few blood-curdling screams--when, blessedly, you don't have to hear their words. [Nov 2003, p.119]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The saggy country-rock complaints about corporatization and alienation [Farrar] offers... sound like submissions to an Air America poetry contest. [Apr 2007, p.121]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Give Whirlwind Heat this: The first time out, they've managed to sound exactly like the worst bands downtown New York coughed up in 1982. [May 2003, p.125]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The default setting is funk-pop bombast augmented by horribly dated electronica. [Nov 2004, p.128]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If America was a self-respecting nation, there'd be a street named after him in every city. Alas, if they're based on this record, we'll find ourselves striding Vague Call to Goodness Street.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The problem is not the lumbering, mid-tempo beats or the terrible lyrics (“Synthesizer, crystallizer, realizer”), although neither help. It’s the sense that you’ve heard every synthesized squelch and ambient breakdown before.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Every track emerges as ugly and joyless as the one before. [Oct 2004, p.127]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The lightness and clarity that once set Hales apart is here squashed by overwrought arrangements of lesser melodies that replace pop classicism with conventional rock bluster.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The songs are soggier, the sentiments more banal. [Dec 2005, p.154]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As overblown as he is oversensitive, reaching toward the rafters whether his jumbled platitudes about wounded relationships warrant it or not, Cook is more like Michael Bolton in a T-shirt.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This mismatched combo brings out the best in each other only on the refreshingly lightweight 'Call Me.' [Nov 2008, p.76]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Though The Great American Songbook is bad, it's not shamefully bad--if only because it's too tasteful to risk sinking that low. [#11, p.143]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The Five... go for the high-flown pap of '70s singer-songwriters Dan Fogelberg and Dan Hill, playing off Ondrasik's fey falsetto and fondness for lush, string-sweetened arrangements. [Mar 2004, p.117]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Their full-length debut--anchored by sunny ’60s-style pop festooned with strings and heavy-handed synths--also includes a Portugese track, a classical-music interlude and (enough already!) a tap-dance routine.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A low-rent version of the Streets without Mike Skinner's wit, they're just a couple of palookas mouthing off in the pub. [Nov 2005, p.131]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    More Bon Jovi than Blur, bloated with stadium-friendly power ballads. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.106]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Jettisons their saving grace--a big, glitter-streaked wink--for limp stabs at profundity. [Apr 2005, p.117]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The jam-band influence that now pervades the group's sound is as pernicious an additive as that strychnine somebody slipped into Robert Johnson's whiskey. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.110]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Shaggy has one of the most grating voices in pop. [Oct 2005, p.143]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A poorly-recorded collection of lazily-written songs recorded by an artist whose muse deserted him long ago. [Oct 2004, p.131]
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    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    One
    Exhaustingly awful. [Dec 2004, p.140]
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