Blurt Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 1,053 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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 Spirit in the Room
Lowest review score: 20 That's Why God Made the Radio
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 1053
1,053 music reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first sketches of songs that would later buttress both Dylan and the Band’s songbook--“Tears of Rage,” “Nothing Was Delivered,” “I Shall Be Released,” You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” “Quinn the Eskimo,” “Million Dollar Bash,” “Lo and Behold!” and the like--offer a treasure trove of revelation, making the anticipation for acquisition well worth the wait.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is nary a pair of finer testaments to the purity of the original SP sound than the group's first two albums, both of which have been beautifully remastered and generously expanded [here].
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every bit as riveting as the groundbreaking music is the ever-present studio chatter.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Copper Blue is essential.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Icky Mettle rocks. Hard.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The remastered discs sound great.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken in tandem, both CD and DVD provide an intriguing look at an album that ranks as one of the most dramatic accomplishments in modern Rock realms.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A magical must.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The the three original albums -- I Just Can't Stop It, Wha'ppen? and Special Beat Service, from '80, '81 and '82 respectively, still hold together well....The Complete Beat offers completists an ideal opportunity to ditch that well-worn vinyl and get in the groove with a compendium that puts all the music in one place.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another exquisite solo performance entitled Rio.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Isidore doesn't really feel like a "side" anything. It's a main event.
    • 90 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These two LPs still sound vital two decades later, just as the copious musician tributes and journalist essays in the accompanying pamphlet declare.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With this supremely supple and joyous display of early innocence and promise, Aztec Camera showed they already come into their own.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, they provide the clearest picture of what Gira and Swans are trying to do.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Interspersed in between the renditions throughout the course of Accelerando... are five outstanding Iyer-penned performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Staunch and undeterred to the brink of defiance, Complicated Game finds McMurtry’s rugged resilience again setting the tone.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, it's a fine album.... It's during the songs that shift the focus from chaos to ethereal mirth that the listener can fairly wonder about whether this album should be judged as simply a regular new offering or an (almost) lost treasure.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the title suggests, The River & The Thread manages to surge and sway all at the same time. Indeed, it doesn’t get much better than this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Workbook 25 is his masterpiece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    [The Seer is] everything for which Swans stands, wrapped up in one intense package.
    • 87 Metascore
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    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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Ultimately American Ride resounds like a victory cry--urgent, enduring and unfailingly affecting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No other LP is more evocative of the raw essence of the Smashing Pumpkins' unique fusions of feels than this ten track collection, by far and away the most collaborative album in their canon.... This deluxe edition of Gish is chock-a-block with quality bonus material.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These slow-rolling, Southern-bred sentiments serve him well, and indeed Gone Away Backward appears to be a fine step forward.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result of the collaboration is a gorgeous set of songs set in late-night bars after work, as denizens tell their stories with the appropriate tenor of resignation and hope.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the duplications from previous collections and a heavy emphasis on dubious alternate mixes, true devotees will likely still find Made in California an essential acquisition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He came out the other side with a hard-won wisdom, emotion and sense of craft that, like soul music, never goes out of style.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To fully appreciate the album, it needs close attention. The magic comes when the members of the quartet start bumping each other up to the next musical level, and it helps to discover the steps they take to do that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vee Vee is a ballsy record, and hard to love.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What is the Meaning of What is a copious groove intensive monster of a dance-punk record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Recorded in the far reaches of the Australian Outback, it reflects those dusty environs in its stripped-down arrangements and traditional tomes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As exhibit A in a case made that Shuggie Otis is an overlooked talent, Inspiration Information + Wings of Love present powerful evidence.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granduciel’s songs envelop you. As soon as you understand the lyrics for one song, another song buries words in hushed reverb.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His ability to arrange is masterful and, on Way Out Weather, he establishes this sort of psychedelic roots sound that exists outside of about any recognizable genre or even sub-genre.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Impossible Truth feels like both an empirical observation and an epiphany, a glimpse of the glow behind the world itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What we have here is another excellent Chris Smither album, reason enough for celebration.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kozelek replicates the rhythm of our lives, the tricks of memory, and the portents we later find in seemingly banal moments.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though there are some slow-burners on this record; songs that might not stick on the first or second go round, they are worth the patience once they finally click with the listener.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He and his group put everything they could into every track--or at least the every one collected here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pink City is her prettiest, most cohesive work yet. It’s well-constructed enough to showcase the weirdness that crops up in her songs without making her seem like a novelty act.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Good News is an immediately infectious work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ode
    A most welcome return.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It is chock-a-block with everything you have ever loved about the Boards over the last 15-some-odd years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this all sounds sort of strange or back-handed, that can be attributed to the fact that Strange Mercy takes a few listens to grasp, and it makes the repeat visits enticing. And that's a sign of a strong album.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an official live document of what this guy and his compatriots are all about, I'd rank Live From Alabama among the great concert albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While some tracks prove unradical, it is when Astronautalis fuses heavy bluesy-rock influences with his beats that Science truly shines.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some long-time fans may object to Lightning Bolts new legibility, missing the communal chaos and staticky buzz that made listening to previous outings like opening a box of bees. But the maelstrom still looms, the intensity remains, it’s just a bigger, more focused sound.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Giddens emulates her forebears with reverence and assurance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Clearly not one to mess with, this confident, compelling outing suggests she can hold her own even within the top tier of alt-country's rowdier women.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Needless to say, The Wall's Immersion Edition is a visual thing of beauty, ...The undeniable black eye on this Immersion Edition, however, is the way by which they handled the inclusion of Roger Waters' solo demos... the majority of this coveted cache of rarities is whittled down to a series of poorly edited snippets that barely last a minute or even a few seconds in some instances.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Power pop may not be as ubiquitous or even as relevant as it was in the Raspberries’ prime, but it still can be done well... just ask Mikal Cronin.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burn Your Fire For No Witness is a mutual journey in every sense of the term, the signpost of a brave new artist right on the cusp of greatness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The well crafted moments within Our Love outshines the weaker numbers and makes the album a fun and danceable listen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combination of hardcore punk songwriting and a pop tunesmith's sense of melody and composition gives the latest venture for this DC scene giant an appeal entirely unique to its branch on the family tree.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem is the album starts to wear thin about halfway in and never really gets back the strength of those first few songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    El Camino offers, like they say in Spinal Tap, something none more black, lean mean T-Rex-ish blues party pop (because the melodies are audaciously and apologetically catchy) that spirals nearly out of control yet is reigned in (really?!?) by producer Danger Mouse at his most spare and frame making.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    COIN COIN is not an album made for casual listening (that's probably the idea) nor is it entirely successful, but it has an absorbing quality that warrants further listens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wussy reaches for transcendence and finds it. You wish it would go on forever.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its near-perfect balance of power and tunefulness, Carved Into Stone rumbles with tracks that practically define heavy metal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Seven songs long, it offers the impression of one continuous tirade, despite the moments of sublime tenderness that illuminate tender courting tunes like “Heaven Is Here” and “The Enemy,” each of which bring to mind such heartfelt Harper ballads as “Commune” and “Another Day.”
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clearly, Boz is back, and at age 70, he’s never sounded so assured.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Segall pushes things towards 11.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Japandroids sophomore effort is loaded end to end with great songwriting and the joy they've found in their influences.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her writing, which here often expresses personal sorrow and fear about separated or lost love (“1923,” “Nothing in My Heart”), is alive to the senses and nature but doesn’t get lost in abstractions about feelings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given the complex menagerie of moods and movements interpolated amongst the din of this septet of songs, it seems like the man has indeed accomplished his mission.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They direct their efforts with a determined forward thrust that spills over the melodic parameters with a celebratory display of rock ‘n’ roll revelry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Intended as the follow-up to Griffin’s sophomore set Flaming Red, Silver Bell finds a young artist still determining her direction. Griffin’s furtive vocals dominate the album overall, but the settings shift dramatically throughout.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That’s maybe what’s so remarkable about Faith in Strangers, its uneasy balance between beauty and menace, calm and roiling intensity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its live wet vocal production, bleaker-than-black lyrical mien and varied musical layers, the album could be one of the Minnesotan folk singer's finest ever, a richly diverse and dire epic revolving around the burning suns of love, death, truths and lies with only two weak songs in the bunch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blunderbuss is good, damn good, and its' few missteps unthinking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Working with a cast of Chicago jazz, improv and experimental luminaries and newcomers, Walker casts a most enchanting spell on Primrose Green, and while it may reflect his influences more than spell out his vision, the love he bears for those influences comes through in every plucked and sung note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No one could have predicted that they'd get to Attack on Memory's savage impact so quickly, or indeed, at all. No telling where they'll go from here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Skying proves a maturing for the band and unveils a new realm of sonic possibilities.