Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 2,896 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% 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 Queen of the Wave
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
2896 music reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith's music resonates with the suffering and the dreams of a better life that embodied the decade of 1954 to 1964 that is the subject of this powerful compendium of compositions.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though incomplete (those final Cale sessions are an important hole) presenting them as a whole paints a fuller picture of one of the most important bands of the rock era, and forces listeners to at least briefly reimagine one of their favourite records as a wholly different beast.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The urge to greet the commercial and artistic triumph of a major league debut hip-hop album with a subversive stiff-arm on sophomore efforts has notable precedents in De La Soul's De La Soul Is Dead and Digable Planets' Blowout Comb, but few have been as audaciously challenging and heavily layered as Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, which will likely be one of 2015's most discussed, dissected and debated album releases, regardless of genre.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another 50 years down the line, it is a truly transformative experience to listen to these old, mysterious songs with fresh ears. You can hear antecedents of everyone from Dylan to Mumford, sure, but what is all the more exciting, as these 100+ songs pile up, is the sensation of access to a voice at once ancient and full of life.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    DAMN. is the first time in Lamar's career that he hasn't broken new ground, explored old themes in new ways or exhibited sonic growth.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 45 songs, presented chronologically, exhibit a somewhat expected musical maturing--from the raw piano attack of 1984's "From Her to Eternity" through to 2013's contemplative mantra "Push the Sky Away." ... It's the DVD, which jumps around in time, and includes both professionally shot official concert footage and fuzzy bootleg gems, that's the prize here.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is masterful, it is heartening and it represents today's best from an R&B/soul perspective.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a more dynamic and drastically enhanced sound, this is how Dopesmoker was meant to be heard.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though not as consistently aggressive as past efforts, the Chariot ride through other seemingly non-related genres (à la Between the Buried and Me) throughout One Wing, adding a bipolar insanity to the album.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record possesses immense power to make listeners reflect on their own relationships and mortality.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Box
    Although Box oddly and quite disappointingly omits Voigt's 1995 Modern EP and 1996 self-titled debut, the vinyl version adds in tracks that were previously unavailable in the format, along with the inclusion of 1999's Oktember EP and the hard-to-find "Tal 90" single.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their new full-length, much-anticipated Epitaph debut On The Impossible Past, they exceed expectations once again.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not only her best work, but the best amongst her peers, the sort of album that transcends the lane she was in beforehand, transcends whatever antiquated gender biases may still permeate the genre and puts her in the same category as your favourite rapper (who's now clamouring for a Rapsody feature).
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is an album in which millions will find their own struggles reflected back to them, as therapeutic as it is utterly dazzling. If you've ever been handed lemons, you need Lemonade.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a perfectly flowing album that is, at times, as calming as it is chaotic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There certainly is a great deal more to Guthrie's immense body of work than what is represented on Woody At 100, but apart from some newly discovered recordings that completists will want, this is an ideal package for the uninitiated, and one to be treasured for years to come.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band one-up Ex Lives in every regard.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Do not be deterred by Scogin's past endeavours; this is not a metal album--not even close. This is lyrical, groovy, poignant, unimpeded and, above all else, creative
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Want It Darker is a strong record, with an even stronger message.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it is, frankly speaking, is one of the brightest R&B-flavoured projects to touch the mainstream in a long time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Instead of cowering, Behemoth have triumphantly returned with characteristic ugliness and chaos, though this is skillfully juxtaposed with a newfound delicacy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lorde is masterful at making music that digs within the deepest recesses of your heart and brings to the surface the feelings that you thought you'd forgotten about. Melodrama is the perfect outlet to hash (and dance) those emotions out to.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A heavily introspective tour de force, Lamar has created a stubbornly parochial soundtrack to his life in Compton, CA.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On one hand, it's an endlessly engaging artifact for music dorks interested in an education straight from the source; on the other hand, it simply overflows with some of the best, and most enjoyable rock 'n' roll of all time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not nearly as exploratory of space as his stunning work with Supersilent and Christian Wallumrod, this release is near-perfect winter night listening.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's enough here to satiate fans--"I Don't Like Who I Was Then" is as good as their best work--but there's an underlying sense that for the first time, the Wonder Years have missed the mark.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    John Lee Hooker couldn't have asked for a better centenary.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service proves that after all this time, A Tribe Called Quest can, in fact, still kick it. It's a goodbye on a high note.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Carrie & Lowell is so rivetingly lovely is no surprise; the difference is that instead of Christianity, the Chinese zodiac or American history, it's Stevens' own life and relationships that he mines here with his trademark deftness and nuance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remains an unlikely and absolutely wonderful and essential listen.