Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,447 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Internal Sounds
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1447
1,447 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's winning touches come from Bruner's soulful vocal melodies. They're a calming element tying each of the record's varied creative efforts together beautifully.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Burial's tracks have always sounded sentimental, but it was usually contrasted with caustic backdrops that gave them some bite; on these two tracks ["Hiders" and "Come Down to Us"], it's the missing element.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is essential listening for fans of Owen Pallett and Ólafur Arnalds.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NYC's Roc Marciano follows up his 2010 critically celebrated solo debut, Marcberg, with a sequel nonpareil in its originality and craftsmanship.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burning Love add a dark edge to credible rock bands like Queens of the Stone Age and in doing so, have crafted one of the catchiest hardcore albums, or heaviest rock albums, of the year.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As their name suggests, they have all the control over the music, and how they channel that is through wonderful anarchy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the album is a drone-based record, Mountains never stagnate, unafraid of abrasive movement, and their sometimes intense palette never feels out of place or unpleasant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    She's tough and confrontational, and on her 11th studio album, Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone, that toughness initially comes across as even more deeply entrenched. It takes a little while to discover the tenderness that goes along with it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    tUnE-yArDs' bright and playful exterior might deter some, but Garbus and Brenner bask in quirk without it ever clouding the tracks' overall purposes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soused is a powerful and arresting album that will appeal to fans of Scott Walker's later work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PUP
    The Toronto, ON four-piece deliver their structurally intricate tunes with unhinged ferocity, the raw arrangements never deviating from the outfit's basic live setup of bass, pummelling drums and twin distorted guitars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who can get past the timid first impression will find plenty of fascinating layers and beautiful music to love on Loom.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    True Widow's newest album, Circumambulation, does a brilliant job of expressing the network of confused and sometimes dark emotions that make us human.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favour and cop this release. Rap is good nowadays, so indulge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boy
    Simply put, there are few artists with the precision and poetic fortitude of Carla Bozulich, and on Boy, she commands attention like no one else.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are, unfortunately, a few songs that just don't connect, and when the album ends you're left feeling a bit unsatisfied, which is rare for this band. But it's still a great, short, raw blast of a melodic punk album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Why Do the Heathen Rage?, Daniel has managed to bring the intellectual and the primal together for one big dance party.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nirvana are actually a better comparison, not so much for the sonic similarities (though they are certainly there if you want to make them), but for METZ's ability to channel primal screams and squelching guitars into hook-laden earworms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Testament just don't make missteps (the album could be a couple songs shorter, but that's my biggest complaint), continuing to craft thrash that's mature, heavy and aggressive in all the best ways.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Into The Lair of the Sun God, the Chicago, IL metallers have once again produced a record that's as engaging as it is refreshing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is troubling and absorbing, a fascinating progression of textures and tones, telling the lugubrious narrative through remarkably tactile sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never Hungover Again is fully-grown and moves at a steady pace, while remaining characteristic to Joyce Manor's roots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Existing in layers, The Electric Lady revels in its polarity. The overriding statement, however, is that Janelle Monae has arrived.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The result is flat and congealed, lacking danger.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is an impressive continuation of Tom G. Warrior's often-mighty lineage, addressing each and every one of his strengths while offering something new for those unaware of the history embedded in every note.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music contains all of the trembling beauty fans have come to expect from Alcest, combined with a sense of vitality and wanderlust.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an astonishing album, but not an easy listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Temple Beautiful is the sound of a mature rock'n'roller continuing to reach for new heights.