Blurt Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 994 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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Lucinda Williams [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 20 Lulu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 994
994 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eitzel's work is rarely weak, but Don't Be a Stranger finds him hitting another peak.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderful album, in which everyone comes together without losing what is special about each.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though occasionally confounding, it inevitably turns out to be time well spent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On balance, then, exactly 68.5% of this record is worth listening to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To be sure, low fidelity contemplation has generally been Johnson's stock in trade, but even so, there's no denying that Scorpion simply lacks sting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine batch of bittersweet pop songs that are nearly impossible to ignore.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the songs here are better than others (even with more than four decades of hanging out with everyone from Willie Nelson to Keith Richards, there is only so much cred you can breathe into a Paul Anka song), but there is hardly any track here that hasn’t earned the right to stay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Abandoned Cities is gorgeous and disturbing and a bit chilling, like old photos hanging on walls about to be demolished, like memory, like loss, like loneliness experienced in the midst of family life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although it’s easy to lament the fact that Petty and the Heartbreakers don’t vary all that much from their usual template. Hypnotic Eye also affirms the fact they remain an austere and unapologetic outfit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band allegedly recorded this one just for fun, with little intention of ever releasing it. You know a group has hit its stride when even its goof offs are worth releasing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite being together for more than 35 years, their sound is tight and refined without sounding tired.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a talented quartet of musicians in tow--Thompson, Shawn Camp, Bryn Davies and Kenny Malone--the acoustic setting provides newcomers with an ideal introduction and gives longtime fans further reason for ongoing appreciation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The record is a slow built; one that will likely take a few listens to finally grab the listener. But when it does take hold, these songs are hard to shake loose.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The London trio has hit its stride, churning meatier, heavier grooves without sinking into sonic muck.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    El Pintor is not Antics or Turn on the Bright Lights, there are not as many immediate hooks and riffs that were present on these earlier releases; instead, the solid music on El Pintor unveils a nuanced mellowing that has taken over the last two releases from Interpol.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t Tell the Driver is far too gorgeously personal, too hushed, too subtle, too free-rangingly ruminative to ever play out on a public stage. Instead its chaotic swirls, its muted flares of brass, its clackety storms and ebbs of drumming seem destined to play out in private theaters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Only four songs on here but it's a good four songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, Holmes maintains a steady hand on the controls, never letting the stylistic shifts overwhelm the overriding ambiance, which is to revel in sensuality of synapse-stroking while riding the pure physicality of a full-on dance/rock record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given the jam-friendly group’s propensity for live euphoria but recorded disappointment, it’s a relief to hear that the Hiss has finally hit its stride in the studio with Water On Mars.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All said and done, thumbs up on Polizze’s songwriting, the trio’s playing, as well as production work on Weirdon.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prophet can be, by turns, both snarky and sardonic, qualities the aforementioned forebears know all too well. Happily though, he himself is no slacker, especially when it comes to both sentiment and sarcasm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not all of the songs are hits ("Met Before" falls way short as a flat, unmemorable filler), but it's much more cohesive and really helps Chairlift establish a more recognizable sound.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite the obvious care for craftsmanship, no standouts emerge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Over The Rhine have made their masterpiece at last.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    She's taken a more reflective direction that emphasizes tenderness over tenacity and subtlety above sizzle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The guitars still crunch as hard as ever, and Dan Peters’ drumming has that distinct set of accents that keep the anticipation high.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall there’s a principled (but never overbearing) humanism guiding her worldview. And her songs definitely rock, if never in a way that overpowers her words.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything is pushed harder, faster and into more extreme corners on Unsound, and, remarkably, the band seems to get tighter and more impactful as things become more difficult.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Long Slow Dance is a schizophrenic album, at times frustratingly so.