Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 2,814 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 Most Messed Up
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
2814 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each song feels carefully placed, but many end abruptly, leaving something unfinished.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They are shaping their own pop form, and what an incredible listen it is.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Hairshirt of Purpose is a remarkable, disorienting and rewarding listen that captures a band in their mature, creative prime.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hope Six Demolition Project implicates all of the Western world's complacency, making for a complex and challenging, though gorgeous, listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Salad Days it becomes a lot clearer. He's honed his skills to write wonderfully weird, often gentle pop songs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spending time with this dreamscape of a collection--and it's definitely worth spending time with--unveils themes of masculinity and, especially, femininity, all the quiet dangers associated with womanhood, whether it's "Flash Company" or the complex dynamic between rapist and pregnant victim in "Bonnie May."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Under Pressure finds Logic breaking out as an all-star emcee, raising the bar higher than anyone could've predicted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are no false steps here in this forest of dreams.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Alcest have left the majority of their metal signifiers behind, they've discovered another kind of heaviness via gorgeous, shimmering melodies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They have a warmth and earnestness that permeates their complex emotional movements. Their soundscapes seamlessly blend the organic and rustic infrastructures of urban life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful Thugger Girls--which lists Drake as executive producer--pushes the boundaries of Atlanta hip-hop while adding yet another groundbreaking project to the trapper's discography.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    True to its name, Uyai is also a glorious, world-conscious party. Beautiful indeed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a true joy to hear talented women juxtapose their obviously more gifted vocals with the rough-hewn Prine in dramatic, textured contrasts. On For Better, Or Worse, they help this old mailman deliver once again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are original compositions with a modern polish, yet they stay very true to the styling of yesteryear.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything's Beautiful, indeed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stranger in the Alps is a gorgeously written record, and Bridgers shows her brilliance consistently across its 45-minute runtime.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sun Structures is a simply wonderful record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These musicians understand that heaviness is most effective when balanced by some light, making their debut both inventively punishing and soaring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It isn't easy listening, akin to catching up with an over-sharing friend going through troubled times, but the stories are sad, funny and surprising, and the rewards are plentiful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apparat's foray into ethereal compositions is a powerful, vivid work of art. Krieg und Frieden deserves a standing ovation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a stunning balancing act between ingenuity and accessibility.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With LaCaze's drum tracks on the record, Eyehategod is a fitting tribute, but also signifies a new beginning for this band that just don't quit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As musically fun and riff-heavy as it is lyrically direct and meaningful, Need to Feel Your Love is exactly the debut album fans wanted from Sheer Mag--not to mention one of the best of 2017 so far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to Memorial, the band's previous release, Guidance plays it straight and heavy, granting the listener fewer moments of mercy from the onslaught of Russian Circles' music.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stuffed with guitar histrionics, Cheatahs do fall prey to hero-worship, but they nevertheless deliver an album worthy of its influences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is music of pure catharsis, making Hardcore Traxx not only an invaluable historical document but a hell of a great time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to find a flaw on this album, quite frankly. It's personal, political, funny and the production is spectacular.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portal are a band that never break character and Vexovoid is their fourth full-length release (along with two demos and two EPs), continuing their well-established theme of creating deep feelings of dread, alienation and confusion in the listener, all through exquisitely made and intelligently deployed aural assaults.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hecker stretches to greater heights. If Ravedeath, 1972 and Virgins were pinnacles for the producer, Love Streams leaps into orbit, beaming elegiac streams of sound to the heavens and beyond.