Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,504 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 Excavation
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1504
1,504 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From powerful riffs to heartbreaking melodies, Down IV – Part II is yet another example of Down's flawless work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A modest five-song EP, from its pared-down arrangements to its monochromatic album cover, Silent Hour/Golden Mile is a surprisingly cohesive release that begs for repeat spins.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Manically happy, infectiously danceable and too clever by half, if 1991 does one thing, it proves that Banks's breakout hit, "212," was no fluke.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These songs feel ripped from sets you'll most likely never see, as the technical skill of Villalobos conspicuously reminds the listener of the less boring record it could have been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A little more variety certainly would flesh out the band's releases, but as it stands these 15 songs fit together nicely, giving the impression of one deliriously long writing session.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is minimalist yet lush, hopeful yet rooted in a stark and sometimes grim reality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cancer For Cure is El-P's most accessible album yet, and with the right push it could be his breakthrough release.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is one of 2014's tightest releases.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trouble Will Find Me burns slowly, but melds together more seamlessly with each listen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Garage, house and techno are twisted into strange new forms over the 70-odd minutes that UFO holds us enthralled for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After producing such a powerful, chimeric record, which will unquestionably stand as their masterpiece, there's no question that KEN Mode are currently at the peak of their collective talents.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Excavation is a brilliant piece of work, one best enjoyed actively with a premium set of headphones, in solitude.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Kanye West baring his fangs, over-sharing and consciously grappling with this over-reaching, over-indulging beast within.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though a bit short at 36 minutes, there isn't a weak track to be heard.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cronin offers new experiments on MCII, but errs just enough on the side of caution to create a fantastic pop record.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    These experiments help keep the record sounding fresh, but the best moments come when Case stays within her wheelhouse and swings away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The reason why Ex Hex Rips is so triumphant is that it easily attains its simple goal of presenting a total blast for the listener to savour. Or to take the title's bait, Ex Hex Rips rips.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This flow is a result of the group's ability to balance technical shredding and melodic atmospheric pieces; it is that sonic harmony that's responsible for the positive vibes resonating from The Migration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There will be some very painful moments where you'll be forced to end the song half way through, only to start from the beginning later. That said, if you're in a comfy spot and don't plan on going anywhere, alter your state and listen to this record from beginning to end; it will take you places.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is one of the most eminently playable and rewarding electronic albums of 2014, and one that respectfully casts a glance backwards while sounding both indelibly contemporary and unmistakably Caribou.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There can be beauty in decay, growth from devastation, and A U R O R A helps open your eyes to that perspective.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While cathartic moments of release abound, for the most part, Rostam Batmanglij and co-producer Ariel Reichstadt opt for understated beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dream River is required reading, without a doubt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The trio are playing together better than ever, even capturing some of the power of economy that their earliest music commanded with grit and grace and thunder and lightning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ought have conjured one of the most refreshing and inspiring rock records of the year.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Pilgrimage is a triumph.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Carved into Stone is a bit hard to warm up to, but it finds the band reaching out and, in doing so, writing their catchiest material since they snapped our fingers and necks so many moons ago.