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 Wonderland
Lowest review score: 40 The Sophtware Slump
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
85 music reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scattered among the jewels are shiny bits of glass that aren't as valuable as they might be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the best hip-hop album I will never love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If anyone's making radio-worthy rock 'n' roll nowadays, it's Guided By Voices.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeously melancholy... mid-tempo grooves and hushed ballads dressed up in dreamy keyboards and liquidly reverberant guitars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's pretty much just a silly, goofy, fun record.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elbow understand how to make an album flow without sacrificing the unexpected turns any good record should have.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music on The Moon & Antarctica is as lonely and desolate as the title suggests...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harkens back to the European pop of the '50s and '60s.
    • 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.