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 Up The Bracket
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1,854 music reviews
    • 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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    • 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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    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    They just sound cranky here, and their beats are mostly perfunctory. [Nov 2004, p.137]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Kravitz has evolved merely from one set of retro-’70s surfaces to another, with uncharacteristically uninspired hooks.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A startlingly generic effort. [Sep 2003, p.120]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Glumly generic. [Aug 2003, p.124]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    So easygoing they're like going nowhere, his voyages to the beaches, beers and frathouse memories are easier journeys than the saccharine mountaineering that occupies the rest of the disc. [May 2004, p.119]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As limp as a broken guitar string. [Oct 2004, p.114]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Every track emerges as ugly and joyless as the one before. [Oct 2004, p.127]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A suite of weak songs and half-finished ideas. [Mar 2004, p.120]
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    • 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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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sound[s] like bad Southern swamp songs covered by the world's most miserable bar band. [Sep 2005, p.131]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The songs are soggier, the sentiments more banal. [Dec 2005, p.154]
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    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The nu-metal and new wave sendups are too conventional to work as either comedy or music--and the nonstop woman-bashing becomes repugnant fast. [Nov 2005, p.131]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Only one song exhibits any nuance or creativity--a cover of Supertramp's 1977 lark "Give a Little Bit." [May 2006, p.106]
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    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Blame Seger for aiming no higher than to be the soundtrack for the next Larry the Cable Guy feature. [Oct 2006, p.142]
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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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This album, the second from Angels and Airwaves, is thick with U2-aping major-chord bluster and well-meaning meaninglessness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's groove-deprived and difficult, and not in a particularly inventive way. [May 2008, p.78]
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Shaggy has one of the most grating voices in pop. [Oct 2005, p.143]
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