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 Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Lowest review score: 40 First of the Microbe Hunters
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
85 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most exciting album in years....as punishing and urgent as any music you've ever heard.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    She has conjured the dirty rawness of funk and the smooth, hyper-articulation and commanding, ass-shakin' beats of hip hop and coated them with her own strange, space-age gloss. It is brilliant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet another emotion-evoking masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Chiming, richly textured and potently rhythmic, this is starkly, explicitly rock n' roll, and the back-to-basics approach beautifully frames Polly's tales of fear, love, sex, sadness, ugliness, and beauty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Homogenic, Post, and Debut were emotionally frenetic and often musically confrontational, Vespertine is rich in its tranquillity and spiritual divinity, full of astute observation and patient acceptance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's one of the best albums of 1999 in any genre... [and] one of the finest house LPs ever recorded.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rings Around the World flows extraordinarily well, making it all the more powerful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I highly recommend this album - musically, politically, aesthetically, thematically - you name it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes this album special is that it's a big wet kiss to music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most important album of the decade.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What SFA have done here is beautifully sublime, and they've done it without ploy or pretension.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once in a while, a record will come out that's simply perfect... their finest record to date - pure, gleeful pop virtuosity.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's everything we say we want in music: gutsy, introspective, innovative, bold, real in a way that few other albums even try to be...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Electric Circus turns out to be a place that exists in Hip-hopolis and Rawk City and Bacharachville and DixieLand and Heaven, all at the same time. Holy crap, people, Com did it: he broke on through to the other side.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the secret they're trying to keep here is that Built To Spill quite frankly write some of the most original, interesting and catchy pop songs you'll ever hear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The aged authenticity of these songs comes so easily that you'd be forgiven for thinking that they discovered the formula.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beaucoup Fish is a steady step above second LP Second Toughest in the Infants, and while it never scales the more spectacular heights of Underworld's debut, this album sounds like a grower.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song contains four or five things that will just whip your head around in disbelief.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Standards is disarmingly stunning and instantaneously consuming. Tortoise are unquestionably skilled artisans, electrocuting the framework for the typical rock song and reconstructing the fragments into a wonderfully surrealist space mission soundtrack.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A completely out-of-control garage-folk-psych-pop record that is always in control and is neither garagey nor folky nor psychedelic nor pop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is just a party from beginning to end.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If, 18 minutes into this album, you are not ready to proclaim these two London-via-Leeds hedonists the most exciting thing in dance music, you need your feet examined.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not quite as immediate as, say, the Champion Versions EP, but 10 plays bear out the truth: this is the best Beta Band record yet, which means you should waste no time getting your hands on it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Universal Truths and Cycles has got something for everyone who's ever liked Guided By Voices even a little.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "The Wheel and the Maypole" might be the greatest song the band has ever recorded...
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wonderland is a modern pop classic that combines all the best things about this band, spikes the mix with ace tunes, and keeps the concoction coming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of a man finding a new place for himself, liking it, and reveling in it.