XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 301 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Awake
Lowest review score: 20 Audio, Video, Disco
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 301
301 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tycho's new album only has eight songs on it, but each one is like its own laid-back journey through time, with probably the coolest dude ever as your spirit guide. That's like super classic album status right there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Pink is a triumph and the new high-water mark for one of this generation's finest producers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    the Norwegian superproducer has been intermittently working with Christabelle since 2001 and all the years of back-and-forth were clearly worth it, as Real Life is simply stellar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The third full-length from Hendrick Weber maintains the high quality of previous efforts while pushing certain elements of his shoegaze-y, minimal-inspired techno sound further.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In short, it is rare to find a producer who can craft many types of tracks so consistently well, but with You Stand Uncertain, FaltyDL has cemented himself as such.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a fantastical story of aliens, spirits, and children told by one breathtakingly gifted artist, and it's utterly remarkable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For all of its turbulence and dislocations, R Plus Seven is an astounding thing to behold, a perfectly imperfect and downright breathtaking masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the songs are still complex and full of countless moving parts, each melody and note plays a specific role, leaving There Is Love with a real clarity of vision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jones' voice is an instrument shaped by age, not youth, and Hard Way proves she's just hitting her stride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like Four Tet's recent switch in focus towards club-friendly sonics, Caribou's Swim leaps into fresh, uncharted territory for the producer, but nonetheless retains the artist's unmistakably inviting and lovable style.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an undefinable musical culmination of our collective conscious-reminding us that the more we've changed, the more we've stayed the same.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Is Only Noise might be one of the most ear-opening techno records in recent memory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite (or maybe because of) the absence of Braxton, Battles has soldiered on into new musical territory, and discovered a place that is simultaneously confrontational and inviting, esoteric and playful, technical and infectious-and very, very good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Dedication, Zomby's first release for the legendary indie label 4AD, he's turned increasingly inward-and it's an entirely welcome trajectory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looping State of Mind might just be the finest document of his craft yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Glass Swords feels and sounds like a cohesive statement, and a strong one at that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That ability to present such harnessed disarray through fresh and exciting music makes Replica a compelling listen from start to finish and a brilliant new direction for Oneohtrix Point Never's sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Seplacure takes form, a consistent emotional ground that exists somewhere between stoney reminisce and melancholic introspection is reached.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're an old fan of Drexciya or you've just arrived late to the party, Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller I is about as close to an essential compilation as you're going to get.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brand-new EP on Smalltown Supersound that picks up where his last left off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Visions is an excellent album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fin
    It's a little bit of everything, which is perhaps why ƒIN is such a rich, fulfilling listen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What they discovered lies beyond DJ mixes and radio rotations; it's their magnum opus.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to his savvy techniques and careful placement, his penchant for the far-out fringes of dance music doesn't seem weird at all, but delightfully intriguing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether they're successful or not isn't quite the point; what makes Shaking the Habitual so important is that The Knife used an important moment in their own history to truly subvert the hierarchy that both the band and the album exist in. Thankfully, they also wrote some near-perfect music in the process.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half of Where You Live is a considerably more rewarding album, one that creates lush, sophisticated, and disarmingly inviting music using the simple building blocks of sample-based beats and deeply personal musical storytelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's the muffled, unsettling synths that peer out from underneath the groove, the mannered and highly potent collision of seemingly incongruous drum patterns, or simply the masterful arrangement, it all adds up to make a record that's difficult to second-guess and lots of fun to unpack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More so than any of his other releases, Burial seems to have something to say throughout Rival Dealer, and that message helps tie together the record's diverse 28 minutes and give its three tracks the impact of a full-length album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Adventurous but not selfish, intelligent but not difficult, a victory lap of sorts but hardly congratulatory, Terje's first album is astoundingly balanced and astonishingly broad, a wider serving of the man's artistic vision that ultimately proves just as satisfying as his single servings have in the past.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Instead of straight hip-hop, The Colossus is an omnibus record, swallowing brass-wielding collaborators, live instruments, hand-aged beats, and its creator's voice—all in service of a mission to unify RJ's pet genres via horn-blasted statements of intent fit for rollicking arenas ("Let There Be Horns"), menacing synthesizer pit traps ("A Spaceship For Now"), and intricate instrumentals.