Blurt Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 888 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 English Oceans
Lowest review score: 20 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 888
888 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
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    He's a modern master.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Since that time in 1991, U2 has had other weighty tracks, sensualist personal soliloquies and dense production - but nothing better than this truly real thing.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Gold Panda seems most interested in the former on his DJ-Kicks mix, keeping the dynamics understated, but the results are consistently interesting, melodic, and effective.
    • 88 Metascore
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    [An] excellent record that anyone who wants to hear the graceful way by which hip-hop should age should add to their collections right away.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Leonard Cohen has made the best full album of his career (song for song, sound for sound, lyrical point for point; yes, this is true) and most certainly the best album of 2012.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Tom Jones is almost 73 years old, is singing as well as he ever has while refusing to conform to his stereotypes, is artistically and perhaps spiritually searching and restless, and is recording perhaps the finest music of his long career.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Copper Blue is essential.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The new album's a stunning return to, and expansion from, seminal Ubu form.
    • 91 Metascore
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    They represent such a cool transitional period in Davis's career, as radical a creative juxtaposition to the jazz community as Bob Dylan blowing the minds of the folkies with the crackle of a guitar amplifier.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Patty Griffin has clearly been saving the best of her own material for a long time, making this perhaps her finest hour.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This is a dazzling album, steeped in soul and brimming with an uncommon musicality, all rhythmic urgency and compelling melodies and anthemic choruses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is chock-a-block with everything you have ever loved about the Boards over the last 15-some-odd years.
    • 79 Metascore
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    For those of you not so enamoured of the lo-fi, early ‘90s garage/punk crud the Memphis trio so brazenly and brilliantly pioneered, feel free to plug in your own “1” or “0” stars.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Listening to this stunning album will provide you with your own moment of clarity. Don’t let it slip away.
    • 86 Metascore
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    For beautiful execution of a beautiful idea for a tribute/concept album, try The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Ultimately American Ride resounds like a victory cry--urgent, enduring and unfailingly affecting.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The good folks at Shout Factory didn’t opt to only offer these discs a second time around, but instead provided added enticement via two bonus extras, a stunning live recording from Nashville’s Polk Theater, recorded around the same time as I Feel Alright, and a live DVD from the Cold Creek Correctional Facility where Earle had earlier been incarcerated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Somewhere along the line, this became an amazing band, and songwriting/arranging this masterful elevates Blur The Line to modern-classic status, fully justifying the 5-star rating applied at the top of this review.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lanegan doesn’t need someone to make him great, he does fine by himself and it shows with the anthology of his solo work Has God Seen My Shadow?- An Anthology 1989-2011 (Light in the Attic).
    • 97 Metascore
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    If you’ve never experienced Lucinda Williams before, this is a discovery worth making and music that will live in your heart and mind long after the disk stops spinning.
    • 84 Metascore
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    It lacks consistency, but it works well often enough to make this a reasonably satisfying exercise in both 19th and 21st Century Americana.
    • 92 Metascore
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    There are any number of landmark albums that critics are quick to label as essential, but given the fact No Depression jumpstarted an entire genre, none deserve that label more. The kudos earned by this good Uncle are clearly well earned.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Populated with smartly crafted, passionately performed songs, No Way There From Here stands as Cantrell’s best work to date and leaves the listener hoping that she doesn’t take as many years to make do her follow-up album.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Along The Way sounds remarkably fresh and vital, in fact, the mark of a gifted musician trying to incorporate his philosophical yearnings into a concrete manifestation that can be shared at will.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Workbook 25 is his masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
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    They’ve created a complex and detailed world, and English Oceans adds more memorable characters to it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the best punk rock record you’ll hear this year--never mind that it’s not wholly or even really a punk rock record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Akin to For Emma, Bon Iver breaks the listener's heart. And to experience an album (an oft-dreaded sophomore album, no less) that evokes such deep emotion is a welcomed pain.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As always, the pair wrap their strings and larynxes 'round each other like the intimate companions they are, aided by production so warm and inviting it's like sitting in the room with them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it has been out in their native land since January and only recently been made available in this country through tiny New York-based What's Your Rupture?, this 12-track typhoon is exactly the kick in the ass our sorry punk community needs in the wake of Jay Reatard's untimely death.