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 Experience: Jill Scott
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
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elbow understand how to make an album flow without sacrificing the unexpected turns any good record should have.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, despite a couple of missteps, is brimming with life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fundamentally unselfish record, as simply enjoyable as a day off or a light beer buzz.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These songs are sonically interesting and pretty as Mom on Easter, but they don't really ring true...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I've smiled and whistled right through every listen. But I haven't felt overwhelmed even once.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the best hip-hop album I will never love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you usually enjoy pop music made by young white males with guitars, you'll almost certainly like Parachutes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most of the time these low-key meditations on enduring love and friendship ring true...
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If anyone's making radio-worthy rock 'n' roll nowadays, it's Guided By Voices.