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 10.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 83
Highest review score: 100 Electric Circus
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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where Kraftwerk, MC5, and Miles Davis used to tempt them to excess, here the production unites their diverse influences, every track attacking the speakers like an angry lunatic thrashing against the walls of a poorly soundproofed room.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the best hip-hop album I will never love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Are Science is striking, very bold, and very sexy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Universal Truths and Cycles has got something for everyone who's ever liked Guided By Voices even a little.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Buy this album and hold it dear, because you won't hear a better one any time soon.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Ridiculously catchy melodies, driving synths, sharp, snapping drums, and super lo-fi bass and guitars churn out straight up dirty rock'n'roll, some twisted pop, and the occasional ethereal mid-tempo composition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, a really great debut for this quintet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rings Around the World flows extraordinarily well, making it all the more powerful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song contains four or five things that will just whip your head around in disbelief.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of musicians realizing how good they are at what they do. And then doing it.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst Daft Punk's elaborate practical joke of an album, Discovery, reeked of childish trying-too-hard elitism, Felix's party is both exclusive and enjoyable, sharing a sense of humour and musical ethos with Scouse synthesiser aficionados Ladytron.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I've smiled and whistled right through every listen. But I haven't felt overwhelmed even once.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elbow understand how to make an album flow without sacrificing the unexpected turns any good record should have.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A coming-out party for one of the most important artists of our time.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is really a leap forward.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes this album special is that it's a big wet kiss to music.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Groove Armada have a knack for producing fantastic underground dance tracks, in a variety of tempos, and packing them full of hooks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.