Blender's Scores

  • Music
For 1,854 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Love
Lowest review score: 10 Folker
Score distribution:
1854 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Backspacer is the bands most mature album to date and clocking in at just over 36 minutes, it is also their most condensed work; It’s as if Pearl Jam is channeling Ernest Hemingway, with not a wasted breath or note anywhere to be found.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are few high or low moments--which might put some listeners off--but texture and content, rather than pulse-raising histrionics, have always been Q-Tip specialties.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her second album is rowdier and less well-behaved, and thus better, although the template is the same: breathy coos and lush strings intermittently blown apart by distorted guitar blasts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album takes major steps beyond its predecessor, "Love Is Simple." It adds a streak of joyful African funk, with sputtery rhythms and guitar curlicues.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ever since he figured out how to write tough-buzzard songs, on his 1997 comeback Time Out of Mind, he’s been knocking them out of the park. This one leans hard on ready-made blues in the citified-country-ways style of Chess Records.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Walking on a Dream initially sounds as familiar as montage music in an HBO midday movie, but it will haunt your dreams.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You could roll your eyes and complain that these guys are still pimping teen angst in middle age, but really it sounds more like it’s matured into the longest-running mid-life crisis ever--30 years and counting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Get past Roth’s pinched-sinus tone and penchant for overpronounced internal rhyme and he is a different animal [than Eminem].
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With this foulmouthed, backsliding rock, Hull and his flock do Dixie real proud.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Their full-length debut--anchored by sunny ’60s-style pop festooned with strings and heavy-handed synths--also includes a Portugese track, a classical-music interlude and (enough already!) a tap-dance routine.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fourth disc from her Toronto foursome Metric adds brawn, finesse and grandeur to their new-wave drive and Morse-code guitar scrapes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aubert’s dude-sings-like-a-lady tenor conjures false hope for a relationship he knows is doomed. SSPU salute misery as a kind of ideal, the opposite of love but just as beautiful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The contrast between Pearl and Natasha isn’t always crisply drawn, but a central conviction animates both.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Micachu has made one of the strongest debuts of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pragmatically exploiting his sure tune sense, his saving falsetto and a command of the political facts well exceeding that of Living With War, he’s turned out the first great protest album of the new dispensation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Junior Boys’ immaculate synth-pop comes with a heartsick afterburn, even such unrobotic elements as a wandering saxophone or gentle acoustic guitar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On their fourth record, the tempos are slower, the guitars thick and meaty, the rants kinda melodic, the thoughts impressionistic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s Blitz! is the sound of a band reborn with new momentum, and on an album that requires dancing, the message is clear: It doesn’t matter where you came from. Just keep moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parish brings out Harvey’s crazy, arty side, pushing to extremes as she works her long-established territory of sex and death.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The sound matches lyrics about isolation and despair, achieving a freeze-dried catchiness in the opening songs. But by the end of the album, cleverness gives way to the bleak and the drab.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If she's trying to skewer empty luxuries, her delivery is too disengaged to register as ironic or feisty. [Apr 2009, p.63]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their final album is no solemn headstone. The languid beats are hazy with heat-distortion organs and porny electric guitars; the spirit is carefree.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The diversity isn't as effortless, but the pushier, poppier beats dislodge A&M from their polite safety zone. [Apr 2009, p.58]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Andersson’s lyrics are often tricky to make out--can she really be singing, “We talk about love/We talk about dishwasher tablets”?—but almost every song incorporates shrewd production details, like the clog-dance percussion that kicks 'I’m Not Done' forward.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The closest his polite bum comes to tearing loose is when he gives his music-hall skiffle a Dixieland bounce. [Apr 2009, p.80]
    • Blender
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    He's a master of sweaty hyperventilation, but it's his less frenzied moments--the techno equivalent of circular breathing--that keep the party from collapse. [Apr 2009, p.59]
    • Blender
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Hazrds Of Love is a medieval romance that feels like homework. [Apr 2009, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through it all, the machines sound as juicily alive as the human beings. [Apr 2009, p.63]
    • Blender
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mastodon present a prog-metal concept that would make Stephen Hawking bang his head.
    • Blender
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    She's been kicking around the industry a few years--she cowrote Britney's 'Gimmee More'--but she still comes across as fresh on her long-delayed debut.
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