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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the album's unique collage of what seems like vintage sounds will prompt endless "is that a sample?" debates amongst crate diggers, the pure joy offered by just listening will hopefully reveal those arguments for what they are-beside the point.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mi Ami continues to explore its loose-groove, jam-band tendencies on the epic "Dreamers" and album closer "Slow," but in far more reserved quantities than Watersports, making for a much more exciting and immediately lovable listen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Such uplift from dread makes Strange Weather a fitting party record for our age when so many American Dreams, lived and fantasized, are falling apart. Pass the bottle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Lucky Shiner stands as a proper introduction to a producer who cares as much about moving your body as he does your soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Credit Egyptrixx for making a debut album that sounds at once so unified and whole, yet like absolutely nothing else.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's lurid, it's fun, it's omnipresent across all cultures, and yet no one wants to talk about it. This is the vibe that holds Women's Studies together.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record may be an EP in name, but it's certainly a long-player in scope.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All told, Azari & III is a solid work with plenty to offer newcomers and devoted fans alike.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's not an impeccable album, Ada's Meine Zarten Pfoten (German for "my tender paws") does offer some pretty exciting experimentation and a few really great pop songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a few lulls to be heard on Haven (as in songs like "Someone" or "At Last," that begin with good ideas but never form into anything more substantial), but they are all easily overshadowed by the fascinating convergence of influences that comprise the album's 10 tracks, making it an extremely promising debut and a uniquely assertive statement in its own right.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a singular, though often exciting, vision with seemingly no end, but as the scope of Sun Araw expands wider and wider, it might benefit its creator and his tools to grow along with it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darnell is entirely aware of his own bravado, and it's that bravado, along his willingness to keep tongue in cheek, that makes I Wake Up Screaming such a worthwhile listen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether as background music for one's day-to-day or as a receiver of one's full attention, it is truly an enjoyable record that is prepared to fill whatever space is asked of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In terms of song choice, and as an exercise in breaking boundaries, Scuba's DJ Kicks stands as a solid effort on par with the good work he's done with his recent productions.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a solid effort, and one with some ace tunes that will certainly be snapped up by intrepid DJs, but as a full-length, it might be better with a reorganized tracklist in your iTunes music folder.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From a production standpoint, When You're Gone is a simply stunning effort, one that is continually intriguing and constantly surprising.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all makes for a well-rounded and fully formed debut album by a propitious new artist we look forward to hearing more from.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Galaxy Garden is a fine effort, an album that tweaks Lone's formula just enough to pass as a step forward.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clearly, Rathbun is a talented producer, and his debut full-length appears to imply that he's nowhere near to running out of ideas.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What takes shape is a solid, unflinching artistic statement, an effort at moments challenging and bizarre, and at others dreamy and utterly inviting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His evolution may not be complete, but the process hasn't prevented him from making quality tunes in the meantime.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who have never heard Whitman's music, Occlusions provides a fabulous representation of both his performance instincts and how engaging and fun his music can be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With fingers in this many pies, Modeselektion Vol. 02 really shouldn't have come across as a cohesive statement, yet it does.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aju's adventurous boundary pushes are again a valuable addition to the Circus Company discography.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tracer is an album executed with seriousness and intelligence, and although it is never outright contemplative, the record is never jubilant either.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Needless to say, it ["Nothing Here"] makes for an underwhelming close to an otherwise tenderly crafted and beautifully arranged debut album from a producer who has already proven his worth and will undoubtedly have plenty more bright moments in his future.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Total Loss is an overwhelming album given the rollercoaster of emotions Krell goes through over the course of its 11 tracks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an evocative work, one that brings forth intense visual imagery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When this record lands on a great idea (which is certainly a regular occurrence), the captivating qualities of Vessel's songcraft and his strength for piecing together textural marvels make up for any confusion along the way.