XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 298 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% 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 298
298 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What's likely to stick out first and foremost on the 10 tracks that comprise Black Up are the beats.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it presents many tracks worth praise, it lacks the masterful touch that made Routes such an instant standout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Seplacure takes form, a consistent emotional ground that exists somewhere between stoney reminisce and melancholic introspection is reached.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Glass Swords feels and sounds like a cohesive statement, and a strong one at that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Restless Idylls is Lobo's most polished statement yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Immunity is not for everyone, especially those who come to electronic music merely for its club-ready, dancefloor offerings. But for those who listen seeking to peer into sonic worlds that might not otherwise exist, Hopkins has created one which is rich with gorgeous detail and worth fully exploring.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Tranklements is straining to belong somewhere; in the process, it ends up sounding more like it wants to be defiant instead of inspired.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At it best moments, Overgrown proves that the two sides of James Blake—the dancefloor oddball and the crossover songwriter—can exist side by side, but it also demonstrates that, at least right now, the balance between the two is totally off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Shlohmo's "debut" LP arrives slightly bloated due to its own blind ambition, and might require a few taps of the skip button for a more rewarding listen.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listeners won't walk away with a clear narrative about The Inheritors, which is designed for nonlinear exploration. It doesn't pay off all its risks—at times it gets too blurry to follow--but this album sounds like little else.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record may not be Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill, but pieces like "Living Room" are the essence of Harris's singular oeuvre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the restless movement here doesn't help the "classical" tracks connect to a non-specialized audience, but it does make for an inventive dialogue between the club and the ivory tower.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Going Places has the feel of a ghost bearing down on you, and the only comfort it offers lies in the fact that it feels a lot like being alive right now.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music continually jumps between dubstep, house, techno, and beyond, almost never losing its propulsive motion. That kind of flow--matched with top-shelf tunes from around the globe--helps make Pinch's installment for Fabric's ongoing series an outstanding and even-handed display of contemporary soundsystem music that won't likely grow stale any time soon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It is what he decides to do with his production skills that is questionable, and although glimpses of solid tunes do show up every so often, Ask the Dust is nonetheless a disappointment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The LP is merely the byproduct of Barnes steadily refining his intricate and very particular sound.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It gets tiresome to listen to 14 bangers in a row. Had the duo distilled the finest cuts from its massive tracklist into something a bit sleeker, Ghost Systems Rave could have been an absolutely smashing release.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brand-new EP on Smalltown Supersound that picks up where his last left off.
    • 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.