Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,419 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Serpent & the Sphere
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 1419
1,419 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Lone's best work to date, and one that shows it's possible to keep evolving while holding onto a strong sense of identity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overall vibe of the collection is likely to put a smile on your face (hell, even Townes sounds a mite less melancholy, thanks to the spirited accompaniment), making it a perfect fit for your next beer 'n bourbon patio party.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think Burial operating on a slower, divergence-filled soundscape.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though this is his most contemplative release to date, Flatland still seems fidgety, with each track seemingly owing little to the ones before it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each Liars album has kept us guessing and WIXIW is no exception, offering us another glimpse of Liars' infinite supply of uncompromising, yet succesful ideas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not an entirely off-putting mix, but it's only after a few songs that one starts to get a handle on what Branan's up to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Torture is classic Corpse. No complaints.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To See More Light is a masterpiece that organically and coherently blends Stetson's avant-garde playing and dark, complex themes with accessible and compelling compositions that bring a ray of hope not just for the characters in his underlying narrative, but for the future of music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record collects the works of Austrian composer Franz Schubert and morphs them into a gloomy meditation on the sure, comforting absurdity of existence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Mac DeMarco may assume a trashy fa├žade, but beneath that lies a genuinely talented songwriter who writes what he knows and keeps us entertained while he does it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song is injected with sharp, drug-filled commentaries that deliver, brick-by-brick, a solid foundation for King Push's cocaine castle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Engravings sees the artist employing fractured choral voices, militant drums, swirling guitars and the occasional harpsichord (notably on album standout "The Weight of Gold") to create a tapestry of sounds both experimental and organic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With impressive growth, and while still operating within the genre's tight confines, Carnifex put the final nail in deathcore's coffin, giving it an appropriate sendoff.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways, Sweet Heart is the most complete Spiritualized album yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Victim of Love is meant to be taken literally; it's a rare and continued opportunity for a sexagenarian to finally get his chance in the soulful sun. Something the album proves that he's both appreciative of and not taking lightly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The payoffs on Kveikur aren't immediate, but they're no less orchestrated than previous work, coming across like a more focused and fleshed out Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra with sweeter vocals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The lack of development and subtlety is a frequent problem for the album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is distinctly Dead in the Dirt. Subtlety is not in the cards, so the faint of heart, or those craving even the most inconspicuous of melodies, should look elsewhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's headphone music for sure, optimally experienced on a slow train with a glass roof so the record's atmospheric elements can aptly complement the passing stars.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's this theme of genuine imperfection that allows Quarantine to come off as an exposed, wounded masterwork.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is unquestionably their finest, and strangest, work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through the static and fuzz comes a clarity of sorts, that truth is oftentimes going to be something both comforting and discomforting; it's why The Future's Void serves as the perfect modern day soundtrack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Container doesn't sound like he's challenged himself creatively on his most recent album, listeners who have yet to hear his indistinguishable, ear-splitting sound will find some auditory excitement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Craig Finn, Jason Isbell, Tim Easton and Caitlin Rose all show up to play, reminding us both that Branan can stand beside the best in the business, and that the best in the business want to stand beside him.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tweedy has become a master of subtlety in the studio and the blending of instruments and voices is seamless. Above it all is Staples' unassailable conviction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    First Demo is the closest thing to a new release that we're probably ever going to get. It's also the most interesting insight into the band since the Steve Albini demos for In On The Kill Taker leaked.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once again, Lee Gamble has managed to produce an effort right in PAN's wheelhouse, pairing idiosyncratic experimentalism with dance floor styling, and it totally works.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A band that could forever rely on their fascinating back-story and critical adoration alone, Tinariwen strives for much more on Emmaar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Krug doesn't let the instrumental limitation restrict him and, while the listening experience jarringly contrasts his past body of work, it exposes a rawer, more intimate side of Krug, to much success.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By all accounts, Honest reveals that Future's music was never a "right place, right time" story, but one that's unique and has staying power.