XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 317 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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 317
317 music reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spaces is still a wonderful document of the powerful force that Nils Frahm is as a performer. At the same time, the album in some ways seems like a missed opportunity--no one has questioned the man's ability as a live act (quite the opposite, actually), so the record can't help coming off like a bit of a "gimme."
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the Kindred EP, Burial seems curious to discover the perfect balance between gritty atmospheres and dusk-lit club music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For an LP about the infinite unknown, it isn't that meditative or self-aware. Where Cosmogramma and Los Angeles made plot secondary, You're Dead! forces its cast to bend to an unwieldy storyline that ultimately only makes complete sense inside Ellison's head.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music grows in richness with ritual, an evolution from the material scarcity and obscurity of Basic Channel releases.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Virgins only adds to the artist's growing legacy; it's another triumph for Hecker that once again strikes a resounding chord that not many ambient records can.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Admittedly, Syro will probably not win over a new generation of fans like the Richard D. James album once did, but as a continuation of everything that has made Aphex Twin compelling, it's a triumph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Luxury Problems may not be as unbelievably mysterious and engrossing as his pair of 2011 EPs, We Stay Together and Passed Me By, but his craft is just as sharp here, and the results just as worthy of intense, continuous listening.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Is Only Noise might be one of the most ear-opening techno records in recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As much as Livity Sound has something for everyone, there's no denying how carefully defined a sound these three have honed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The new record doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but its middle third is especially strong.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The LP's strength is in that undecidedness. When he leans too far to one side, which actually doesn't happen all that often, the album can feel mournful or facile.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Our Love, Snaith largely succeeds in bridging the two worlds, crafting radio-friendly cuts that can't be mistaken for the work anyone but Caribou.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aju's adventurous boundary pushes are again a valuable addition to the Circus Company discography.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an evocative work, one that brings forth intense visual imagery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it may lack in sound system-minded sonics it makes up for with its distinctive mix of cacophonous rhythms and touches of warped soul that result in what is, simply put, an accomplished debut LP full of inventive house music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Disregarding the CD's tacked-on bonus cuts, what takes place between the record's two "Voiceprint"s is a richly detailed, time-dilating set from a producer who can make the most out of narrow limitations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Panorama Bar 05, the latest offering, is a consistently well-crafted snapshot of the dancefloor as presided over by long-time resident DJ Steffi.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Jazz Signature seems intended to shepherd people toward the Black Jazz reissue series. It no doubt does a terrific job doing just that, but it stands nicely by itself as a personal "best of" and a great DJ mix. Fans of Parrish--and anyone receptive to this sort of jazz, really--will very likely appreciate what's on offer here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For better or worse, TNGHT's objective for its debut EP is straightforward: to craft big beats. Sadly, this leaves Mohawke's noted penchant for sonic adventure really nowhere to be found.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The LP's white-hot bursts of energy are all the more thrilling for their scarcity, and as such, these moments linger in the memory as a sort of post-euphoric haze.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looping State of Mind might just be the finest document of his craft yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It remains as disquieting and spectral as anything Stott has done, but its newfound guile is such that it no longer needs to bludgeon listeners into submission to strike a killer blow.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It would be a stretch to call Until the Quiet Comes' disjointed tracklist and middling retreads the low point of Ellison's discography, but suffice it to say that the LA cornerstone has produced far more challenging and consistent records than this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Without necessarily bucking the trends of today, Koze has provided a complete picture of his truly singular outlook on dance music.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Call it whatever you want-Barnett and his bandmates are just getting started with their musical experiments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With over 30 releases this year alone, L.I.E.S. isn't always an easy label to keep up with, but the embarrassment of riches contained within Music for Shut-Ins suggests that the effort may well be worth it.