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 Welcome Interstate Managers
Lowest review score: 10 One
Score distribution:
1,854 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some of the most gripping singing you're going to hear all year.... A brave, unrepeatable record that speaks to her whole life. [May 2004, p.123]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not since 1966's Blonde on Blonde has Dylan sounded so happy and alert. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.102]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This 'boxxx holds an explosion of creativity that couldn't have been contained in just one LP. [Nov 2003, p.118]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Reveals added nuance with every listen. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.102]
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Presents a rarity--a genuinely new sound. [Nov 2004, p.136]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Phrenology is a celebration of self-determination, a nonstop joyride through some very complicated brains. [#12, p.149]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    British Sea Power's vision makes most independent rock seem callow and weak-minded. [Sep 2003, p. 119]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A nearly flawless collection of hummable overtures. [#17, p.138]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Murphy pushes the near-immaculate music into the realm of genius with witty lyrics and wonderfully tetchy vocals. [Mar 2005, p.141]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OST
    Any collection that encompasses A Guy Called Gerald's peerless dance anthem "Voodoo Ray" and Joy Division's exquisite "Atmosphere" is "double double good," as the Happy Mondays' drug-addled singer Shaun Ryder used to quip. [#9, p.158]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Twin Cinema's relative melancholy that makes it the band's best album yet. [Sep 2005, p.134]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Finn] tells better stories than anyone else in music these days. [Oct 2006, p.131]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    S-K swagger like they never have before, eschewing the filler that made their last few records drag. [#9, p.157]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His new take scythes through the original, revealing growls and guitars long obscured—sometimes it’s distracting, but often it lends the songs a newfound jolt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one helluva piece of singer-songwriter art. [Nov 2005, p.129]
    • 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]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Love’s ultimate achievement. A band long broken up, and so majestic they’ve been relegated to history books, has been refashioned in a way that makes a fresh and startling presentation of songs as familiar as the Ten Commandments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marred only by incredibly pompous liner notes and a lack of worthy rarities. [#23, p.122]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What elevates the Monkeys into a class of their own is Turner. [Apr 2006, p.113]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tempering futurism with retro-rap here, [Timbaland and Missy] feed the old through the new and refresh both. [#12, p.142]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is something of a songcraft master class.... A career best. [Dec 2005, p.150]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Handled with less love, this could feel like a smug wander through an ironic record collection. Here, it becomes sexy, life-affirming pop. [Aug 2004, p.141]
    • 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]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For her to pull off something as ambitious, gritty and accomplished as this at age 21 is flat-out amazing. [#15, p.127]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Could be the best album he's ever made. [Dec 2004, p.146]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their best, most expansive album. [#8, p.112]
    • 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]