XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 323 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 3.1 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 323
323 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Skating along on smooth sounds that seem almost effortless, these outer-galaxy footwork songs-along with the energy and aura they display--are Ital Tek's strong suit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Thankfully, most of Hauschildt's eight-track LP further explores the sounds and themes that made Tragedy & Geometry the brilliant record it is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although it may not represent a complete return to form, it's still a welcome stop on a production career that appears to have a lot of life left in it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Release is an impressive feat overall, one that offers up a handful of uniquely dancefloor-ready tracks while continuing to show that Pangaea and Hessle are not likely to fall behind the cutting edge of dance music anytime soon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When a dance album cannot contain a grander narrative, the next best result is certainly a selection of floor-primed productions, and on this front, Orbiting delivers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A bleak and beautiful ambient record that occasionally reaches beyond its self-imposed confines.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whether or not one buys into Menzies' unrelentingly bleak vision, it's hard not to admire how well he captures the mood.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Field-Pickering isn't yet the type to release a grand album statement, but so far, his best moments have been the monolithic ones. Now, it's just a matter of amassing enough of them for a long-player.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nostalgic is an exciting journey, but during the moments when Lapalux fails to provide a coherent roadmap, it's a bit too easy for the rest of us to get lost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Perhaps realizing that it's divisive and reductive to only dabble in one or the other, SMD opts for a satisfactory middle ground in its live sets, rearranging the pair's accessible pop moments as skeletal reincarnations of themselves.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The angst and abrasiveness inherent to Adult. is still present in some form (even a quick look at track names like "Nothing Lasts," "At the End of It All," and "Heartbreak" reveals that much), but the band has undoubtedly smoothed things over and pushed its sound closer to the dancefloor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Clocking in at a breezy 37 minutes, Mount Kimbie's second album feels a bit slight by the time it's finished, though not because it's short on great ideas or compelling tunes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's hard to knock Aguayo's unique spirit, and the boldness with which that shines through on this LP is certainly captivating in its own right.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Comfort won't be for everyone, but it's hard to argue that the risks Coles has taken don't pay off. If nothing else, it's certainly fascinating to watch her expand her aesthetic beyond the dancefloor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Slow Focus has the sheen and seemingly high stakes of a blockbuster movie--and enough easy thrills to compensate for the stakes being, in reality, pretty low.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An effortless, catatonic undercurrent carries listeners through Her Blurry Pictures and somehow, it manages to put the subliminal neuroticism of Mathew Jonson's music at the center of the listening experience while remaining pleasant to listen to.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Enthusiast is a solid, eclectic offering, and, if it truly is Siriusmo's last, it's not a bad way to end a long career.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Raffertie by and large stays out of the way of his songwriting, and opts for subtlety over bombast--an asset that eludes many songwriters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The LP is merely the byproduct of Barnes steadily refining his intricate and very particular sound.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For the most part, it's simply a pleasure to sit back and plug in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As it is now, John Wizards is an effortlessly fun, pan-global pop record that stands on its own, no qualification needed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Occasional lyrical missteps aside, Arrington's voice sounds as smooth as ever on this album, which is great, although it does overshadow Dam-Funk's significant vocal talent.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Drone Logic is a fastidious and memorable debut, though the middle suffers from a significant lull in energy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Wenu Wenu's success lies in its ability to cleave memorable passages from homogenized surroundings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Restless Idylls is Lobo's most polished statement yet.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, only time will tell, but as things stand now, his Death After Life LP is unquestionably a strong and inventive first full-length.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It takes a few notable risks in composition and rhythmic style, but as is evident from the title, this isn't the new Machinedrum album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Digital Solutions is worthy of its place in the Model 500 discography. The fact that the LP even exists--and that people are excited to hear it--reinforces the music's enduring power, even if the record largely sets aside aspirations to be innovative.