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 Rock'n'Roll
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1854 music reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On the harder-rocking half, Duritz is nearly emo-esque in his self-loathing.... The disk's Sunday Morning half, is more acoustic, quieter, reflective. But after the epic bender that precedes it, it's also just kind of a drag. [Apr 2008, p.78]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As double albums go, it's a hell of an EP. [Mar 2006, p.114]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While they once sounded behind the times, they now sound outside time, with songs evoking about 30 years of guitar pop, in the vein of R.E.M. and Fountains of Wayne, though nowhere near as original. [Aug 2005, p.113]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Welcome to tonight's Very Special Episode of pop-punk. [Nov 2004, p.130]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the sound of a New Yorker coming home for a breath of country air. [Nov 2005, p.130]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gorgeous arrangements are still firmly in place, and the wavery vocals more earnest than ever. [#9, p.143]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A surprising return to form. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.114]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The group aims for a mix of artistry and cred, a la N.E.R.D. or the Beastie Boys, but their music is rarely as catchy. [Aug 2004, p.130]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What’s revealed is...well, what we’re used to. Beyonce is still a beauty-shop feminist, quick with the smack-downs, and she still describes the rattling rush of love with preternatural poise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Her signature sound -- voice snarling through a tangle of massed guitars -- is here, but so is a softer, more vulnerable tone. The melodies, while radio-ready, have a stomping insistence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the album, like the single 'Tick Tock Boom,' sticks to formula. [Nov 2007, p.150]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [They] emerge from the Chemical Brothers' shadow without ever threatening to break new ground. [#13, p.93]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the lyrics are strictly study-hall (“I’m no gentleman/I can be a prick” = poetry!), TAI… separate from the emo wolf pack by cribbing furiously from ’70s rock.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Best enjoyed in the privacy of home. [Apr 2008, p.76]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A growth statement even diehard fans of its debut couldn't have expected. [#8, p.122]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Here, they simply sound jittery, putting romantic complaints to studio-worked music that's oddly brisk and busy, with a dissonance that drowns out the emotion. [Nov 2008, p.73]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What could have been an awful mess is instead a glorious mess. [#12, p.151]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is more than nostalgia: Carrabba imbues all 12 tracks with welcome new tricks--layers of cascading harmonies, a startling falsetto and even a dash of subtlety.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sweet, spooky harmonies, partly inspired by the death of a close relative, given a naked acoustic production. [May 2003, p.125]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Grohl's every intense metal rave-up quickly passes into a sweet, breezy melody that makes it hard to take most of the songs all that seriously. [#11, p.137]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In fleshing out the contours of a sound once slavishly indebted to early-'80s titans like JD and the Smiths, they've nuanced the moods Banks moons over. Awesome for him. Only so-so for us. [August 2007, p.114]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The West Coast stalwart's ninth album doesn't entirely make good on 'Seduction''s wacky promise. [Apr 2008, p.82]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's hard to shake the feeling that this is a collection of dope beats in search of some rhymes. [Aug 2004, p.134]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Faith in the Future is built with recycled beats and borrowed sounds, relying on castoff samples and guest contributions... [Aug/Sep 2001, p.132]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    No, it ain't rocket science. But when they're headlining arenas, it's gonna look fairly brilliant. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The results can sometimes get bland; unlike its predecessor, which was moody and aimless, Drops is so polished that there are no ragged edges left to hang on to. [May 2006, p.109]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Certified would be pretty great if it weren't for one huge mistake: his suite of god-awful sex jams. [Nov 2005, p.131]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [Moss'] raw, husky delivery [is] able to turn even throwaway lines like "I swam to the bottom of the sea for you/I climbed to the top of the trees for you" into high drama. [Apr 2006, p.111]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some are endearingly autistic... And some are sublimely idiculous. [Mar 2008, p.97]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There isn't a song on her debut that doesn't paint in huge strokes. [Sep 2004, p.143]
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