Blurt Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,093 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 Sings Christmas Carols
Lowest review score: 20 I Declare Nothing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 1093
1,093 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What he does best is craft heart-string cautionary tales.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a Bluebird in My Heart is the sound of a great artist coming back home.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Next Day is complex, pissed off and crafty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The level of familiarity turns out to be one of the records strong suits, and something that distinguishes it from the Bragg/Wilco records.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the third album Stuart has done with this band, and they continue to find surprising and delightful ways to rev up Stuart's performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Alvins don’t tamper with Broonzy’s basic template, and truth be told, their feisty renditions of “All By Myself,” “Key to the Highway,” “Big Bill Blues” and practically every other song on this set sound as if they’re of a vintage variety.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s hypnotic in and of itself, and all impressions are purely in the ears/mind of the listener.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambitious and inviting, Siberia puts Polvo in a more accessible place while remaining faithful to its artistic vision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Tarpaper Sky, he can clearly claim one of the finest albums of a sterling 40-year career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ivy Tripp is more of a “This is what I can do,”’ album, worthy enough, and intermittently excellent, but not as shocking, not as eye-opening, not as much of a sock in the gut as the predecessor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With her almost stream of consciousness talk-sing, some melodies on Somewhere Else are better formed than others. Like Patti Smith her songs can be as strong ultimately as the care invested in her hooks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His vocals are delivered with such breezy casualness, you almost miss the poetry in the words. Pair that with the brilliant musicianship and it’s simply confounding that Bare and his band aren’t as big as groups like Arcade Fire and My Morning Jacket at this point.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unison chants (“Kaani”) and stray bursts of percussion (“Nouvel”) punctuate the multi-lingual songs, but the dominant timbre is a delicious, delirious clang.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He knows exactly how to build and sustain interest in a song, even the ones that don't hit you over the head with obvious hooks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SB makes hermetic/occult music by design, made to appeal to cults and that’s what makes them so proudly unique. Nevertheless, here’s hoping that next time, their ambitions include stretching out their songs and their ideas stuffed inside each tune.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pushin’ Against A Stone is an impressive calling card to the rest of the world that this, until now, under heralded artist is both an adept student of American folk music traditions and a modern day practitioner with perhaps preternatural talents.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This isn't the sound of a once-renowned band trying to cash in on their glory days; it's the sound of a band invigorated.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jurado still seems fully intent on liberating his music while evading expectation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lyrically, the album is pretty mediocre, but the band has always seen their playing overshadow the words; Black Beehive is no different.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Devour is a completely impressive collection from start to finish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Buy It’s Her Fault, a 12-pack, then enjoy the ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Berkeley To Bakersfield is the perfect shotgun rider for any road trip. With the breadth of its variety no other music passengers need be invited along for the ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He's a vibrant and, indeed, impassioned performer and Bad Ingredients is filled with enough passion and conviction to spark an entire orchestra. And a rousing ensemble at that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Manipulator represents a defining statement from a musician that should enjoy a long, healthy career to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Why Make Sense revels in ‘80s dance, R&B, hip hop and pop throughout straddles between sheer musical delight and melancholy as the upbeat music balances earnest lyrics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These nine songs are dusty and determined, stoic ruminations on hard luck and happenstance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is the all-encapsulating masterpiece we all knew Robert Plant the solo artist had in him the entire time.