Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,507 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 1.6 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. Negative: 9 out of 1507
1,507 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ambitious, experimental and brilliant, The Inheritors is a unique release that confirms James Holden's place not only as a DJ to watch, but also as a producer to pay close attention to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like Soilwork, this is the album you've been waiting over a decade for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is distinctly Dead in the Dirt. Subtlety is not in the cards, so the faint of heart, or those craving even the most inconspicuous of melodies, should look elsewhere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The unlisted, sludge metal instrumental with crashing, crushing, demo-quality production only adds to the overall awesomeness and crazed attitude behind it all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pushin' Against The Stone is a rare case when a young artist's natural instincts are spot-on. As both a singer and songwriter, June is a major talent with unlimited potential.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most vividly, Loud City Song evokes the easy, tingling drift of early Robert Wyatt.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    King Krule is an artist moving a mile a minute, and 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is just the beginning of what will be an amazing career to follow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost every song is worthy of inclusion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Necrocracy is as perfect as we're all hoping Carcass will be when they bring their good ship back for another gruesome go at it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Electric Slave makes a strong case that Lewis is ready to go toe-to-toe with the Dan Auerbachs of the world, and easily has what it takes to go the distance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even through the heavier topics of illness and recovery, a melodic sense of dance carries the message, but what delivers the punch is Hanna's voice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Factory Floor might be known for their life-changing gigs, but their album proves that, in the studio, they also have the ability to induce shivers, body jerking and a rush of blood throughout your entire body.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    The textured, varied sonic flourishes provide a sumptuous foundation for Omar's malleable voice to articulate the album's lyrical theme of embracing maturity and responsibility, preserving and reaffirming his impressive artistic relevance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dream River is required reading, without a doubt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are country-fried flourishes like "State of Mine" and "Can't Depend," but everything hangs together on one of Sebadoh's most eclectic and rewarding releases.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Is Survived By, they've outdone themselves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reflektor goes after this eternal, existential tension in masterful strokes and is a significant musical contribution by Arcade Fire, who continue to find ways to tap into universal expressions while making music that's refreshingly topical, infectious and completely their own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Calvi is unquestionably a great performer, but on One Breath, her work reaches a level of nuance that the majority of contemporary music lacks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song is injected with sharp, drug-filled commentaries that deliver, brick-by-brick, a solid foundation for King Push's cocaine castle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the brash, banging tracks all the way to the idyllic soft touches, Beautiful Rewind is captivating and completely refreshing to hear.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Kwes delivers] poignant wanderings from within his inner-monologue, while voicing a soul-expanding sound that makes James Blake's noir&B cool seem like nothing more than ostentatious art school assignments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the Body are experts at playing with aural textures and layers, the decadent variety of sounds on Christs, Redeemers is next level, even for them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's safe to call Outside CFCF's magnum opus; it's an immaculate zenith that represents every brave, leftfield musical choice this young musician has made up until this point.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You will be hard-pressed to find a fresher-sounding dance LP this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halo's music has never felt beholden to nostalgia or thematic consistency, leaving Chance of Rain as a shining example of an artist striving to operate within a creative vacuum.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uzu
    UZU is an album that uproots us and transports us into the unknown, but it's an adventure that we would happily go on again and again.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Free Your Mind won't surpass Screamadelica on any lists--it's far too much indebted to both that record and era--but you'll have a difficult time finding an album in 2013 that's as utterly energizing and sublime as this.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Cupid Deluxe, Hynes has revealed his exquisite vision, one that swells with inspiration from his various collaborators.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is minimalist yet lush, hopeful yet rooted in a stark and sometimes grim reality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs just sounded great, and were played with such precision, at these shows.