Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,634 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:
1,634 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs just sounded great, and were played with such precision, at these shows.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apart from a generic cameo from Kurupt on "Ride," 7 Days of Funk is an infectious, modern take on the funk genre--here's hoping that Snoopzilla and Dâm-Funk will collaborate again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an impeccable compilation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Realistically, Alternate/Endings is not for everyone, but anyone who's intrigued by the dark and unconventional side of things--or thinks that jungle needs a new platform--will devour this album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once adjusted to the band's change in dynamics, you're left with the distinct feeling that this is perhaps their most engrossing effort since the Young Team's debut.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This reissue of the first two Bottle Rockets albums from '93 and '94 brings back with startling clarity how in tune Henneman was with the times, lyrically foreshadowing the decline of the middle class amid the rise of urban sprawl and taking well-aimed shots at unchecked racism and political correctness, all while leading his band like Warren Zevon fronting Crazy Horse.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is the most personal outcry of righteous indignation they've mustered. The result is something for a broader audience of like-minded people constantly muttering 'What the fuck?' at the world at large to connect with.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Alcest have left the majority of their metal signifiers behind, they've discovered another kind of heaviness via gorgeous, shimmering melodies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's one of the best records you'll hear in 2014.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It isn't easy listening, akin to catching up with an over-sharing friend going through troubled times, but the stories are sad, funny and surprising, and the rewards are plentiful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sun Structures is a simply wonderful record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moody moves away the deep soulful grooves that made his name and instead focuses on creating a new sound that, while retaining the breaks and drum machines that are his trademark, is now coloured with live instrumentation and Kenny's delightfully sleazy croon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stuffed with guitar histrionics, Cheatahs do fall prey to hero-worship, but they nevertheless deliver an album worthy of its influences.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothin' But Blood is religious music for people who are too drunk and high to give a damn what God may think.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compiled by Sofrito's Hugo Mendez, Haiti Direct is an amazing collection from Haiti's illustrious but sadly unsung musical history.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is music of pure catharsis, making Hardcore Traxx not only an invaluable historical document but a hell of a great time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Motivational Jumpsuit, the band's fifth studio album since the band's recent reformation finds the band continuing to the mix of psychedelia, garage-rock, post-punk and pop that they've perfected over time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark has made the beautiful ugly, the ugly beautiful and the difference between them nearly indistinguishable. If that sounds pretty complex and incredible, you've got a pretty good idea what listening to St. Vincent is like.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Island Intervals is barely over half an hour, but it's so rich with mood and detail that it stretches out and out and out to the horizon and beyond.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their third album since Andrew Neufeld moved to vocals, Comeback Kid were poised to strike out, but pleasantly, they instead knock Die Knowing out of the park.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn't a bad track here, and from the sound of Ibibio Sound Machine, it appears that Soundway is intent on delivering new music every bit as distinguished as its esteemed reissues.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to find an album this coherent and firm in quality. But best of all, a good half of the record will give you plenty of inspiration to channel Herring's sweet dance moves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Out Among the Stars is, at least contextually, a reminder that sometimes things got in Johnny Cash's way, but there are very few forces on Earth that could stifle his voice and conviction when he set his mind to getting a song across.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Sun Choir, this Edinburgh trio found a way to pull a thousand (almost literally) voices together to create a singular vision.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Salad Days it becomes a lot clearer. He's honed his skills to write wonderfully weird, often gentle pop songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are no false steps here in this forest of dreams.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is just vintage Crowell, which is to say that Tarpaper Sky is an essential record by one of the best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minimum Rock N Roll is a dynamic and vibrant good-time screed; it's not anti-consumption but it is out to have people consume discerningly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Mobb aren't exactly reinventing the wheel here, but on album highlight "Timeless," the effect is beguilingly hypnotic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no denying the album is catchy.