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 Machine Says Yes
Lowest review score: 40 The Sophtware Slump
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
85 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weezer have faced their challenge with confident, easy-going nonchalance, offering one hell of a tight little record.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, despite a couple of missteps, is brimming with life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The reason to get excited about this release, the reason to wake the kids and call the neighbors, is the second disc, Mono.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music on The Moon & Antarctica is as lonely and desolate as the title suggests...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeously melancholy... mid-tempo grooves and hushed ballads dressed up in dreamy keyboards and liquidly reverberant guitars.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Oberst] infuses his figurative laments with a melancholy earnestness, communicating a more gut-wrenching breed of angst than the Limp Bizkits and Eminems of the world could ever hope to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neither modern rock nor dance, Death in Vegas straddle the middle ground -- and prove that it's an extremely good place to be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's made up of some songs you think you shouldn't like, some you weren't ready for, and some you'll have to rewind to make sure you heard correctly. It is an album with no peers. And that, my friends, is a recommendation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like Orbital, they have the ability to synchronize ideas without over-saturating their songs.... Unfortunately, at 19 tracks, there is plenty of ambient trickle filling in the gaps.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More interestingly, it gives a peek into Yo La Tengo's working methods. It's been a long time since they brought finished songs to the practice room; instead the combo jams together and lets the improvisation mutate over time into tunes which sometimes become the basis for songs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most of the time these low-key meditations on enduring love and friendship ring true...
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where most rock bands that try to play pop forget that pop music requires pop songs, Sefchik and Laguana are constructionists in the classic pop tradition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are elements missing and sometimes out of place on the disc.... Godin and Dunckel, however, succeed in interpreting the film's dreamy '70s vibe and creating sonics with appropriate drama and cinematic flair.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Howdy! is made up of everything you'd expect from Teenage Fanclub: warm and inviting acoustic pop, fluid melodies, rich harmonies, and head-nodding rhythms.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you usually enjoy pop music made by young white males with guitars, you'll almost certainly like Parachutes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These songs are sonically interesting and pretty as Mom on Easter, but they don't really ring true...
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the best hip-hop album I will never love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If anyone's making radio-worthy rock 'n' roll nowadays, it's Guided By Voices.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I've smiled and whistled right through every listen. But I haven't felt overwhelmed even once.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They've locked themselves in a room for a year, learned to play 11 songs in one style, and counted on the singer to come up with a couple of ace-card tunes. Result.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fundamentally unselfish record, as simply enjoyable as a day off or a light beer buzz.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    13
    If Blur was a tentative step away from the pop past, 13 is a suicidal leap - the little girls are not coming back after they hear this.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The material hints at strength, but pieces that should have been severely pruned and used as a song's bridge stretch on and on. Perhaps they're just too thrifty or unwilling to toss anything out once they've gone through the trouble of recording it. The First Of The Microbe Hunters is for completists only.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Almost every song here seems unfinished, and while the The Sophtware Slump sounds great -- misfiring machines duel elegant pianos, guitars chug and grind, ancient synthesizers burst through the top end - it never goes much of anywhere.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The music is occasionally difficult to embrace, to say the least...