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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beans's themes may be everyday, but thankfully his wit isn't. [Nov 2004, p.129]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They're like the best party band at the best party you can imagine. [#11, p.130]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Keeps the orchestral Americana on an ambient, after-hours simmer. [Mar 2004, p.123]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's a poised pop queen, ready to be worshiped once again. [Nov 2004, p.141]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Funnier, angrier, weirder. [Mar 2004, p.123]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Darkness play old-fashioned metal with such elan that at times they ascend to pop music's Olympian heights. [Nov 2003, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tweedy whittles down the arrangements and drops in enough experimental nuances to make the whole thing sound refreshingly lo-fi. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.116]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eagles of Death Metal aren't air-quote ironic like the Darkness; they're a passionately played goof for Homme. [May 2004, p.120]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She has deepened and darkened her sound without sacrificing her platinum-plated melodies. [#27, p.141]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her genius is not to let herself be trapped in yesterday. [#9, p.144]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Cameras mix sex and spirituality over a gorgeous bed of organs, harps and 12-part harmonies. [May 2003, p.120]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The kind of boiling, roiling blues the Bad Seeds haven't cooked up in years. [Nov 2004, p.131]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of Dizzee's insecurity is replaced by newfound swagger. But swagger works, too. [Oct 2004, p.112]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is dramatic with a glammy Britpop insouciance, and Garcia is a refreshingly earnest romantic. [#16, p.117]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The momentous band [on the 1980-81 disc] stretches out and jams, both celebrating and escaping the band's trademark anxiety. [Sep 2004, p.158]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wolf sets up Andrew W.K.'s post-partying career as motivational speaker for the bloody-nose set. [Sep 2003, p.132]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambulance Ltd have good ears and an even better imagination: They run their influences through a filter of solid gold. [Apr 2004, p.126]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is Jay-Z's suicide note and his glowing eulogy rolled into one. [Jan 2004, p.106]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Costello at his most emotionally direct. [Oct 2004, p.118]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As familiar as alt-country has become, Ward makes it worthwhile again. [#16, p.125]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Up!
    Twain's songs are never deep, but they have hooks tattooed on their skin and harmonies that glow like bar lights. [#13, p.88]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her reach is remarkable. [Aug 2003, p.120]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Adebimpe's] singing is consistently riveting, and the oddball mix gives it room to flourish. [Apr 2004, p.138]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even at their most nihilistic, these 16 songs resonate melodically, like Eminem's most haunting material. [#15, p.118]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most distinctive producer-rapper Britain has coughed up since Tricky. [#11, p.143]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Waits returns to spare storytelling. [Oct 2004, p.130]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real hero is Sean Eden, whose lyrical lead guitar--a bit Harrison, a bit Morricone--makes even the silliest songs sound majestic. [Nov 2004, p.138]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gently involving and moving album, Yoshimi could be the negative image of Radiohead's Kid A: the sound of a rock band using electronica to make music that's inclusive and warm instead of icy and aloof. [#8, p.114]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crow's subtle, stirring vocal style exhibits the same resilient innocence that makes Meg Ryan a sympathetic screen star. [Apr/May 2002, p.115]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, their frustration with scheming girlfriends and negligent boyfriends boils over into a cathartic froth. [Nov 2004, p.132]
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