Blurt Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 986 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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 Workbook 25 [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 20 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 986
986 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He's a modern master.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    [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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Patty Griffin has clearly been saving the best of her own material for a long time, making this perhaps her finest hour.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    For beautiful execution of a beautiful idea for a tribute/concept album, try The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately American Ride resounds like a victory cry--urgent, enduring and unfailingly affecting.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Workbook 25 is his masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They’ve created a complex and detailed world, and English Oceans adds more memorable characters to it.
    • 83 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Albarn has just unveiled quite arguably the best album of his career--solo or otherwise--with Everyday Robots.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The word “essential” is bandied about quite a bit these days in reference to landmark recordings. Yet, here it applies in every sense. CSNY 74 is one for the ages.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every tune serves the moment, like a series of self-contained filmic miniatures whose character sketches, though brief, are utterly memorable, with those sketches’ accompanying sonics just as resonant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There’s an uncommon depth here that hasn’t been evidenced on Williams records in ages, both in the sonics (an immaculately crafted blend of intimate and widescreen) and the lyrics, which at times are deeply confessional and others downright defiant as the songwriter stares down her demons, the vicissitudes of relationships and the rampant idiocy of the outside world.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a flavorful fusion as unique as the Yugoslavian Spomenik that graces the cover of his eponymous full-length debut on Fat Possum - and one that stands apart from the seemingly endless barrage of home-recorded acts who have posted their wares on Blogger, Bandcamp and Tumblr these days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply said, this Little Bird soars.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, the two-CD incarnation of Life's Rich Pageant makes a case for the album taking its rightful place alongside such obvious classics as Murmur and Out of Time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Icky Mettle rocks. Hard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again, The War on Drugs have crafted an album of the year, built not upon flash or novelty, but a new take on traditional rock and roll that is always pushing forward.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps for the first time ever on a Chili Peppers record, it is Flea who takes the reigns as the lead instrument here, going Jaco all over this mofo so to speak, which ultimately proves to be this album's saving grace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outside Society serves as an excellent primer for the young person looking to delve into the genius of Patti Smith for the first time as well as an essential addition to the record shelf of any seasoned fan well versed in the catalog of this high priestess of rock 'n' roll.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Thundercat has created with The Golden Age of Apocalypse is the sonic equivalent to a power-packed issue of Wax Poetics, bringing together several disparate elements of one nation under a groove to build a challenging and soulful playground for his indelible skills on the bass.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Wonder/Wander Koone transcends such dippy, blog-generated catch-phrasing, displaying a sense of genuine dominion within the art of experimental laptop pop.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch/Perro Verde) ranks not only among his very best releases, but among the best socio-political albums ever made.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Witching Hour was the finest apple the band ever produced, this is their finest orange. But as a whole, it probably is their best and most well-rounded record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Whole Love should make long-running Wilco-ites ecstatic since this is the best and most adventurous set of Wilco songs in nearly a decade.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sweetheart of the Sun is something special, easily the second best album of their career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Worden does "brave the war" and becomes quite the victor on All Things Will Unwind, the third studio release and a wowing conclusion to the trifecta of work she has produced since 2006.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That's the modesty and humility typically missing in all those acclaimed geniuses. But it's precisely what allows Henry access to the truths that make his songs unforgettable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Co-written and produced by his missus Kathleen Brennan, Waits' songs--Bad as Me included--find their center immediately and stick like a record's skip.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every bit as riveting as the groundbreaking music is the ever-present studio chatter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a dose of the otherworldly in these evocative tracks, but laced, in all but a few cases, with recognizable bits of ordinary life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This scorching set of amplified electro-acoustic spiritualism between the pair and the mighty Mats is an effective snapshot of the potential for what could have been.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another exquisite solo performance entitled Rio.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good News is an immediately infectious work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wussy reaches for transcendence and finds it. You wish it would go on forever.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is fun music, gut music, music you can freak out to or just nod your head, depending on your mood.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection should be as essential to your listening rotation as your favorite album from any of the bands who continually drank from the unique brand of introspective intensity pioneered by these unsung heroes of indie rock's mean season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given this combination of tangled travails and expressive voices, it's hard to imagine any way these songs might be better served.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He delivers a stirring counterpoint to Quartet with an atmospheric combination of organic and digital feels that offers a stirring dual portrait of the landscape of his motherland.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Methinks come the end of the year, a lot of people will have adjudged it a keeper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is just a few hairs (a couple of tracks and/or segues) short of being a transcendent gem, or masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is pure, un-concentrated psychedelic boogie rock rooted in West Coast mysticism, Stax R&B and Memphis blues without pretext or pretense.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tunes that are both brainy and catchy, full of life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The record is a stellar collection of power pop rock songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those a bit put off by the overt club friendliness of The Field but intrigued by Willner's affinity for glitch, Loops is definitely your conduit into the abstract nature of this BPM bard's state of mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flumina is an arresting and beautiful work as deep and open as the body of water that graces its cover art.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 14 tracks here rank among some of the best Bird's ever done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Interspersed in between the renditions throughout the course of Accelerando... are five outstanding Iyer-penned performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ode
    A most welcome return.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Women & Work finds the Memphis band at complete ease with their mix of '70s outlaw country and plenty of punk rock attitude and swagger, making it easily the most consistently solid release in their already enviable cannon of music.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The textures of this material will transport its listener in ways that few albums of its ilk have achieved in recent memory, implementing the hallowed harmonies embedded in the Sunday mornings of Coldwell's Catholic upbringing to a new level of impassioned cohesion.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Isidore doesn't really feel like a "side" anything. It's a main event.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Pearl Sessions with newly found studio outtakes, live performances and chatter rarities, the tumult of its original 1971 (three months after her passing) comes through loud and clear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cancer4Cure is very much a window shattering Brooklyn rap record in every sense... [Meline is] busting loose some of the sharpest darts of his life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slippery, shimmery, beautiful songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily absorbing subcurrents from Bollywood and bhangra ("Deeper Water") to fear-of-nature horror film soundtracks ("Out of the Woods"), This is PiL never wanders far from that fierce bass and pulsing percussion at its core.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before has there been a band that has brought all those elements [Crazy Horse, Television, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Dream Syndicate] together in a manner so crafted and explosive as these kids do with their fevered compound of ragged rock and summertime roll.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Falling Off the Sky is a fresh start for the band that many of us thought should have dominated the 1980s. Clearly, they still have the chops to dominate the 2010's.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [The Cherry Thing] serves as a reminder that Neneh Cherry is a certifiable musical treasure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A treasure chest of riches that provides considerable new perspective on the band's processes and progress through the years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Segall pushes things towards 11.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a sadness, a backwards-looking air to Tarnished Gold that's new. Once the Sparks' hallucinatory trippery signaled youth's endless possibilities. Now their songs, even the new ones, are filtered through a golden, dust-moted, late afternoon light.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This current incarnation of Swans swim across the salty sea of the group's three-decade strong catalog, executing a balance of grind and grace that casts a new light on old classics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best records of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The finished product is a beautifully fluid fusion of dub, jazz and micro-house zone-outs that continues to exemplify Oswald's two-decade strong aptitude as one of the great masters of repetitive groove theory.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What we have here is another excellent Chris Smither album, reason enough for celebration.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Researching the Blues is a goddamn gem, crackling with energy, that totally celebrates the pure bliss and joy that rock 'n' roll can, and should be. In short, it's everything that you were hoping it would be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jamal continues to spin gold from the bench of his baby grand with Blue Moon.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live at Billy Bob's Texas is proof enough that he's still living up to his rep as one of the original Outlaws of Country, sitting firmly beside Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, Tracer is a lovely, melodious, engaging work of electronic music that will play just as well in the bedroom as it will on the dance floor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There were many musical spirits in the room when White and his Spacebomb band went to recording the seven farmhouse-soul spirituals found on Big Inner, but what ultimately renders this record truly special is the band's ability to synthesize all these elements into something that is uniquely their own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Silver Age is another peak in a career full of them, and it's due to the quality of the material Mould uses to construct the suit, rather than the classic cut of the design.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music on this remarkable record creeps up on you, and subtleties abound; with Burns' vocals mic'd very close and much of the instrumental flourishes occurring deep in the mix, it's an intimate affair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the group's third full-length Love Will Prevail, Ragon earns his rightful place alongside the works of the underground icons he flips for profit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Meat and Bone stands as quite possibly the band's best album to date. The Explosion breaks everything down to its root and reconstructs it all in a perfect way; it should show a generation of cool kids that may have missed him the first time around that Jon Spencer is among garage rock's main guitar slingers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This follow-up is even better & louder, on par with the dizzying heights of her old band.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For their third album together, John Elliott, Steve Hauschlidt and Mark McGuire bring the same sense of fearless adventure to them modular synths, creating a seven-song cycle unlike anything in the Emeralds canon yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While none of the songs are deeply political or poetic like the wartime bands that predated Tame Impala, they are no less poignant and often delve into a reflective sadness of longing to belong.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Odds show that Fugazi doesn't need to reunite in order to make music that still very much matters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weird, raw and beautiful all at once.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yin & Yang is an earth shattering 45 minutes of street urchin dub punk that not only reveals This Is PiL for the anti-climactic milquetoast sham that it was, but re-establishes the true soul of Public Image as it was originally intended by the vast sum of its initial parts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lift-off and liberation come subtly, bearing the masterful marks of men who've learned the value of compositional patience (it's no coincidence that Cave and Ellis have also forged a successful partnership as film scorers). This, ultimately, makes the emotional devastation you experience once the record has spun all the more remarkable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a warmth and life in these songs that goes beyond tribute or reenactment.