Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,497 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 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1497
1,497 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's one of the best records you'll hear in 2014.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sd Laika seemingly bucks myriad electronic music trends to create a body of work that harkens back to the genre's classic beginnings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Raph's lyrics, meanwhile, dig beneath melancholia and insecurity to unearth beauty in the small victories of self-discovery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Raffertie attempts something a bit bolder with "One Track Mind," but the building, repetitive, tinny synths fail to gain a foothold, in comparison to the rest of the album. That aside, Sleep of Reason is an eloquent release.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mean Love, Sinkane's third full-length and second release on DFA Records, manages to create a sense of romanticism without ever being overtly emotional, with straightforward lyrics that somehow remain affecting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Guilty of Everything is thus an emotional affair, but it's balanced by moments of grandness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dollars to donuts, there's not one song or style here that "Weird Al" doesn't enhance with his sly social commentary or absurdity. All hail the weird king.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's an excellent record--one that sounds both classic and unmistakably contemporary--but, for the most part, it still sounds like the meeting of two disparate halves.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All the Ways You Let me Down is a charming record with plenty to like, just not enough to love.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At turns noisy, wistful and dark, The Terror is a beguiling record that's as beautiful as it is frightening.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with all of his records, it's better to view Ryan Adams in the context of his career, rather than on its own, which makes this a very strong contender in a surprisingly dense field.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just as prolific in death as they were in life (perhaps even more so), with Temporal, Isis continue to haunt their career like fretful ghosts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hard Boiled Soft Boiled hits all the right notes while whetting the appetite for whatever Odonis Odonis have in store next. For now, you'd be hard pressed to imagine a better follow up to the band's debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With enough panache to warrant a full-length release, Seasonal Hire is an all-too brief look into four musicians' quest to push their music further.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sadly, the album can't maintain that pace, and sags near the end.... Still, the redemptive rest of the album--especially the gorgeous closing title track--make The Voyager a welcome return for Lewis.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Banks has managed to pull off a minor miracle, as Broke With Expensive Taste is an artistic success as well as a strategic one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vocals, samples and soundscapes are all treated as equals, resulting in a slurry of sound that remarkably works both as a mixtape comedown and as a salient whole.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For listeners that like their electronic music with a pulse (both literally and figuratively), this release will be a rewarding experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Private World of Paradise is certain to earn Wake Owl a legion of devotees among the late-night headphones crowd.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two years of touring has allowed DZ Deathrays to realize their capabilities as songwriters and with Black Rat, it's clear they've got their sights set on bigger and stranger things.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times curiously familiar, Sylvan Esso exists in a sphere not a million miles away from other pop/electronic hybrids such as Blue Hawaii, Purity Ring and Austra, but what impresses most here is the quality of the vocal melodies as well as the attention paid to carving out solid low end frequencies, a trait sadly ignored or fumbled by most other indie-electronic hybrids.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Single Mothers sound consistent throughout this set of ten beer-soaked songs, but after just 20 minutes, that consistency is far too homogenous and one-note to be interesting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With Ghosts of Then and Now, Illum Sphere strives to balance the ethereal with the earworm and, for the most part, succeeds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Invisible Life is a great electronic pop record that sees Lange meld the experimental and pop threads of his music seamlessly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Invasive and unknowably vast, Oro:Opus Primum is an excellent listen if you're looking to be blown apart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Compl├Ętement Fou is filled to the brim with catchy electro-pop tracks about shaking your hips, going crazy and road trips.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Windy & Carl deliver yet another significant and sublime release that's perfect for late night listening.