XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 316 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 316
316 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While not as complete or precise as any major release from Hot Chip, this is a strong debut album, even after factoring in the slightly elevated expectations based upon Goddard's previous successes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Rinse Presents: Royal-T is a solid full-length debut for the budding producer, and radiates a certain charm through its sincere portrayal of new grime as a versatile genre that's able to cater to a variety of listeners.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Truly, there's nothing outrightly offensive about There's More to Life Than This, but there's little to hold on to either.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Pink is a triumph and the new high-water mark for one of this generation's finest producers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xen
    What he's given listeners may be imperfect, but it's also freakishly musical, completely synthetic, and utterly human.
    • 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
    • 65 Critic Score
    Raw Money Raps is fascinating and inventive, though not the game-changer many were hoping for.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's arguably nothing groundbreaking about Pull My Hair Back, but its artful combination of influences, subtle production, and the ambiguous emotional terrain it covers makes it one of the strongest debuts of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album may be architectural in its deliberateness, but it's not overly academic; during its best moments, Music for Objects could even be described as fun.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After eight-plus years of releasing music, Junior Boys demonstrate handily with It's All True that they remain fresh, luminous, and highly relevant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Minor complaints aside, Hardcourage is an excellent effort, and, if the crossover attempts prove successful, it just might be the album that gets a wider audience talking about FaltyDL.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Needless to say, for the legions pining for another immersion in the aesthetic, Fabric 69 is a worthy companion to the crew's 2010 full-length opus, Feed-Forward.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Minor complaints aside, Beams is a solid record, and a pretty good Dear album is nothing to be upset about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sisterworld maintains Liars' sonic trappings but apparently deals with subcultural scenes as a means of maintaining identity in a city like LA.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Saginaw's clarity of vision permeates his new record, even during the brief lulls when the music seems to be taking a break to catch its breath, and makes it a resounding statement in his musical career.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From the patient and methodical moments to the flashes of light and energetic dance music, the producers always seem to be in control, and following the path they take makes for a truly rewarding listen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fabriclive 73 has a formidable sense of both style and consistency--qualities that don't necessarily ooze glamor, but are slowly and steadily carving out new territory in the interstices of rapidly collapsing genres.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are both easily enjoyable and unexpectedly refreshing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anxiety is a draining front-to-back listen; it becomes much more comfortable when one is able to take each track as an individual single. However, there is a reward for making it to the end of Ashin's therapy session.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Something happened in the shift from Games' That People Play EP to Channel Pressure. That welcome looseness was lost in lieu of Ford & Lopatin's more focused and (dare we say) over-thought songwriting and production, and it's as if there are too many cultural cues being thrown our way this time around.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a complete package, Blue Gardens comes across as impressively well thought-out and refreshingly imaginative--it's a bright flash of creativity in an already eccentric genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Van Hoesen does leave some room for improv, but it's a bit too low-key to feel like anything's at stake.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chance of Rain will likely prove less controversial than Quarantine, but by no means is it a less challenging record.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The two display perfect chemistry with the Seattle beatsmith's bangers complimenting the Philly Freezer's gruff delivery.