Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,541 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Queen of the Wave
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
1,541 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
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    Never in recorded history has there been an album of such audible variety, distinctive fidelity and lyrical intensity.
    • 91 Metascore
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    A heavily introspective tour de force, Lamar has created a stubbornly parochial soundtrack to his life in Compton, CA.
    • 72 Metascore
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    It's unfortunate that Vicious Lies has come out after everyone has finished compiling their year-end lists, but it's already a contender for best record of 2013.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Excavation is a brilliant piece of work, one best enjoyed actively with a premium set of headphones, in solitude.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To See More Light is a masterpiece that organically and coherently blends Stetson's avant-garde playing and dark, complex themes with accessible and compelling compositions that bring a ray of hope not just for the characters in his underlying narrative, but for the future of music.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This is the album on which Daft Punk are truly and convincingly "human after all." And on this toweringly grand achievement, they've never sounded better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lemay has reinvented Gorguts while showcasing their roots, as the immensely anticipated Colored Sands exceeds expectations and proves to be every bit worth the wait.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Existing in layers, The Electric Lady revels in its polarity. The overriding statement, however, is that Janelle Monae has arrived.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The lyrics and arrangements are stellar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Recorded mostly live off the floor, and full of loose, garage rock accents and playfully shambling flourishes, everything about Most Messed Up feels exquisitely messy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As much as it is possible to describe the hissing whispers and supernova roars John Haughm's vocal performance, or the galactic wonder of Don Anderson's guitars, the sticky and celestial spirals of Jason Walton's bass lines, or the powerful alchemical engine of Aesop Dekker's drumming, together they form something greater: a massive, sublime universe unto itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Monolithic, heavy, raw and aggressive, A World Lit Only by Fire is 100 percent Godflesh, shattering any doubts that the duo, led by mastermind Justin K. Broadrick, could maintain their classic sound.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The impressive thing about the return of the progenitors of Swedish melo-death isn't the time elapsed since their last album; rather, it's how much it sounds like none has.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is masterful, it is heartening and it represents today's best from an R&B/soul perspective.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous album.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another 50 years down the line, it is a truly transformative experience to listen to these old, mysterious songs with fresh ears. You can hear antecedents of everyone from Dylan to Mumford, sure, but what is all the more exciting, as these 100+ songs pile up, is the sensation of access to a voice at once ancient and full of life.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their new full-length, much-anticipated Epitaph debut On The Impossible Past, they exceed expectations once again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's clear that White's bravery in baring his soul has resulted in a quiet masterpiece.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a minimalist masterpiece.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghosts is the thinking electronic music fan's subtler and more paranoid alternative to Amon Tobin's brick-smashing A/V opus, ISAM.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    De Vermis Mysteriis is a bloody, hard-fought triumph.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a more dynamic and drastically enhanced sound, this is how Dopesmoker was meant to be heard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live from the Underground is the best Southern rap record since Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot dropped two summers ago.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Moritz Von Oswald Trio deliver their most impressive and spatially alluring album to date with Fetch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There certainly is a great deal more to Guthrie's immense body of work than what is represented on Woody At 100, but apart from some newly discovered recordings that completists will want, this is an ideal package for the uninitiated, and one to be treasured for years to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sensual, artful and accessible, it is easily one of the best pop albums of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most rewarding and beautiful albums of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kaleidoscope Dream is a statement that Miguel has arrived.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vast and breathtaking, RIITIIR is simply stellar.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark can do it all and it's entirely likely that Blak And Blu will be recognized in the future as a moment when American music suddenly got a great deal more interesting.