Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 2,938 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Internal Sounds
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
2938 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    John Lee Hooker couldn't have asked for a better centenary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album melds its many ideas into some larger parts, with just nine songs clocking in at roughly 40 minutes. But true to form, POST- is still all sorts of bonkers in mostly the right ways.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although political in nature, the feel of the record is unabashedly joyful and if Jama ko doesn't form part of your summer listening, you are missing out on something very special.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spaces is in turn haunting, energizing and overwhelmingly emotive, and a must-have for fans of the young German pianist, whether or not they've caught him live yet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the Go-Betweens may not be as well known to music fans as the Cure, R.E.M. or the Smiths, this lovingly curated box makes a convincing case that they are more than deserving of being on any list of the greatest rock bands of the 1980s or any other decade.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Dusk in Us is another step forward for Converge, pushing their sound to new levels in a way that is uniquely their own. Although it took five years to come to fruition, the record was well worth the wait, and stands as a testament to why the band have become so hugely influential.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet because the beats are so fierce and the flows so varied, there is no slogging through this 39-minute hurricane. It's been a minute, but RTJ have reminded us that, yes, rap music can be fun and opinionated simultaneously.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their traditional characteristics and intellectual concepts, incorporated with new elements and ideas, make Apex Predator - Easy Meat another impressive addition to Napalm Death's spotless catalogue.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To say Black Origami is an album that grows on you with each listen is correct, but undermines the energy you feel upon the album's first listen. It's earthy and futuristic, complex and linear, dance-y and a total mind-fuck.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Coloring Book is a spirited musical sermon, and Chance's fellow MCs will covet its perfect union of gospel and rap.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As contentious as Staples' ear for beats is to some listeners, it's refreshing to find him swimming away from a school of rappers comfortable with sonic stasis.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    June is no ingénue or girl-done-wrong; her persona as a creator is both spellbinding and well versed in the ways of the world. This is the singer-songwriter as wise woman, as wickedly sharp village witch.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Seat demands a careful listen, and rewards it richly. This is Solange's strongest album to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apple's most ingenious collection of songs to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They have both found, on their eleventh album (and best since the early 2000s), a renewed purpose and direction in this time of existential crisis for America.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Russian Circles' fifth studio album has a bolder, more polarizing sound than previous efforts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of an artist operating at the peak of her powers, employing all her greatest strengths at once to create an assured, moving work that corroborates what Have One On Me already suggested: that Joanna Newsom is one of the finest songwriters of this generation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most vividly, Loud City Song evokes the easy, tingling drift of early Robert Wyatt.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That lack of tension and urgency throughout stops A Moon Shaped Pool from being a classic on par with Radiohead's best work, but then, perhaps that's the wrong standard to reasonably hold an album that trades the band's trademark anxiety for acceptance, their experimentalism for elegance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clark promised us "sex and drugs and sadness" on MASSEDUCTION, and while that sounds like a recipe for clichéd disaster, she kept her word and managed to fashion a totally refreshing take in the process.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If "bloody," "urgent," "enraged" and "heartening" were enough description to sum up El-P and Killer Mike's latest Run the Jewels album, this review could end here. But they aren't; this late 2016 LP, along with the duo's various collaborative tracks with several DJs and rappers all year, have officially placed RTJ high on the shelf of the "hard to describe" category.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an impeccable compilation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lyrically, the album is poignant and clever, though it does occasionally falter, as on the grungy nu-metal number "Happy Song."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black America Again isn't an album meant for casual listening, but rather a socio-politically charged album meant to be absorbed so that everyone can truly recognize the "Bigger Picture Called Freedom."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are few out there above what he has achieved with Lonerism.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An effort that is even more emotionally ambitious an undertaking, and all the more wounding for its beauty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Converge have managed to once again best their only competition: themselves.