Ink Blot Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 85 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 80% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 82
Highest review score: 100 In Our Gun
Lowest review score: 40 Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
85 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a kaleidoscopic ode to the joy of music, and it's the most exciting debut album since Mos Def's Black on Both Sides.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of musicians realizing how good they are at what they do. And then doing it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dreamy, layered work that merely ups the rock ante of his perfectly balanced 1998 release, XO -- an exquisite union of wistful acoustic stylings and polished pop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of a man finding a new place for himself, liking it, and reveling in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The measured use of electronics recalls nothing so much as OK Computer, and in some ways Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots sounds like that album might have if Thom Yorke believed in God.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "The Wheel and the Maypole" might be the greatest song the band has ever recorded...
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is truly affecting -- it is an instant, irresistible, bounce-in-your-step morning cup of coffee of an album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where Kraftwerk, MC5, and Miles Davis used to tempt them to excess, here the production unites their diverse influences, every track attacking the speakers like an angry lunatic thrashing against the walls of a poorly soundproofed room.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harkens back to the European pop of the '50s and '60s.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Ridiculously catchy melodies, driving synths, sharp, snapping drums, and super lo-fi bass and guitars churn out straight up dirty rock'n'roll, some twisted pop, and the occasional ethereal mid-tempo composition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are echoes of every good movement in rap history on Quality Control, from old-school to Def Jam to Native Tongues all the way to Wu-Tang...
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A richer, more confident manifestation of their languid dysfunction than their previous work.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scattered among the jewels are shiny bits of glass that aren't as valuable as they might be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At first listen, this album is downbeat minimalism à la Leonard Cohen, but it actually covers a lot of ground.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Are Science is striking, very bold, and very sexy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike most of her peers, she knows that fun is really the fifth element of hip-hop, and she keeps finding thrilling new ways to make this music danceable and fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, a really great debut for this quintet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One Part Lullaby's songs are the ones a man writes when he realizes he doesn't have to be bummed out forever, the music a person makes when he can afford to trade in his four track for a home studio complete with Pro-Tools and some swanky electronics. Most of all, this is the kind of record a guy makes when he spends a lot of time tooling down the freeway with Beck on the stereo and the sun in his eyes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Word has it that the band had more studio time than ever before, and the result is a concept album which combines elements of Lennon-McCartney experimentation with elements of Yoko Ono eccentricity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's pretty much just a silly, goofy, fun record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An uncommonly moving singer whose deliberate delivery extracts volumes of yearning and melancholy from her own material and the work of other writers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst Daft Punk's elaborate practical joke of an album, Discovery, reeked of childish trying-too-hard elitism, Felix's party is both exclusive and enjoyable, sharing a sense of humour and musical ethos with Scouse synthesiser aficionados Ladytron.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Closer than any previous mass-market Sonic Youth album to the avant-garde sound that's always popped up in their extracurricular work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their disparaging wails and hums are strangely magnetic?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Akin to a perfectly plotted soundtrack to an unplanned psychedelic journey - multi-dimensional and anything you want it to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, Richard Ashcroft's debut solo disc delivers.... an album full of soulful and genuine expressions of hope.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is really a leap forward.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The voices are front and center throughout, but the trio has wrought its most elaborate frames for them yet: brass, strings, and distorted guitars amplify the songs' sentiments and reinforce the cumulative strength of their melodies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For an album that apparently grew out of the band trying to get away from melody, there's a lot of it here. They can't help themselves. They try to do a song with a robotic dance beat, load it up with bleak phrases like "laughing till my head comes off" and "take the money and run" and "this is really happening," call it "Idioteque" for chrissake, and what stands out are not the beat and not the phrases or the apparent concept of dance music being silly when horrible things are happening in the world, but the seven or eight different heartwrenching vocal lines and the amazing way they intertwine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elbow understand how to make an album flow without sacrificing the unexpected turns any good record should have.