Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,307 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Most Messed Up
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 1307
1,307 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a more dynamic and drastically enhanced sound, this is how Dopesmoker was meant to be heard.
    • 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
    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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A heavily introspective tour de force, Lamar has created a stubbornly parochial soundtrack to his life in Compton, CA.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although political in nature, the feel of the record is unabashedly joyful and if Jama ko doesn't form part of your summer listening, you are missing out on something very special.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark has made the beautiful ugly, the ugly beautiful and the difference between them nearly indistinguishable. If that sounds pretty complex and incredible, you've got a pretty good idea what listening to St. Vincent is like.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This reissue of the first two Bottle Rockets albums from '93 and '94 brings back with startling clarity how in tune Henneman was with the times, lyrically foreshadowing the decline of the middle class amid the rise of urban sprawl and taking well-aimed shots at unchecked racism and political correctness, all while leading his band like Warren Zevon fronting Crazy Horse.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is craftsmanship here, but its genius lies in letting the raw quality of his sound speak first rather than arranging it into something new.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most vividly, Loud City Song evokes the easy, tingling drift of early Robert Wyatt.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an impeccable compilation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are few out there above what he has achieved with Lonerism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compiled by Sofrito's Hugo Mendez, Haiti Direct is an amazing collection from Haiti's illustrious but sadly unsung musical history.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An effort that is even more emotionally ambitious an undertaking, and all the more wounding for its beauty.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Moritz Von Oswald Trio deliver their most impressive and spatially alluring album to date with Fetch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twenty-two years later, My Bloody Valentine is still the band everyone's talking about, and although it may not necessarily build on Loveless, there's no audible reason m b v shouldn't be spoken of in the same hushed, venerating tones.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the album on which Daft Punk are truly and convincingly "human after all." And on this toweringly grand achievement, they've never sounded better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Is Survived By, they've outdone themselves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LP1
    LP1 is a fantastic debut from an artist who is quickly becoming the curator of her own mental museum.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Bécs, Fennesz achieves the near-impossible, crafting a musical sequel that retains the energy, vision and flow of its predecessor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kaleidoscope Dream is a statement that Miguel has arrived.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Luxury Problems is a highly impressive full-length album of dark, atmospheric techno.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record this sturdy in composition and delivery has the resilience to stand up to countless plays, and that timeless ache for a good, hard cry.
    • 85 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heart-rending, arterial and woundingly authentic, As The Stars is a hell of a record to drop on Valentine's day.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    De Vermis Mysteriis is a bloody, hard-fought triumph.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sensual, artful and accessible, it is easily one of the best pop albums of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's surprising, deeply moving and occasionally stunning.