Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,581 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Queen of the Wave
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
1,581 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 97 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
    It is masterful, it is heartening and it represents today's best from an R&B/soul perspective.
    • 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.
    • 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
    There's not enough space here to get into why Sleater-Kinney may be one of the most important bands of 2015, but one thing is clear: they've already delivered a serious contender for one of the year's best records.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the Go-Betweens may not be as well known to music fans as the Cure, R.E.M. or the Smiths, this lovingly curated box makes a convincing case that they are more than deserving of being on any list of the greatest rock bands of the 1980s or any other decade.
    • 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
    Yet because the beats are so fierce and the flows so varied, there is no slogging through this 39-minute hurricane. It's been a minute, but RTJ have reminded us that, yes, rap music can be fun and opinionated simultaneously.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their traditional characteristics and intellectual concepts, incorporated with new elements and ideas, make Apex Predator - Easy Meat another impressive addition to Napalm Death's spotless catalogue.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excitingly new yet classically evocative, You're Dead! is contemplative but never boring, an example of genre cross-pollination that transcends novelty and, occasionally, time and space as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Moritz Von Oswald Trio deliver their most impressive and spatially alluring album to date with Fetch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous album.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vulnicura is a well-crafted antithesis musically and thematically, resulting in the most compelling effort she has put forth in years.
    • 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
    For both Bedhead fans and casual record collectors, Bedhead 1992-1998 is a fascinating (and comprehensive) look into one of indie rock's great forgotten acts.