XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 314 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 314
314 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the very least, Dear God, I Hate Myself marks a new level of maturity and self-awareness for the band.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite appearances from the likes of Mala, dBridge, Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance, and Cooly G, King Midas Sound's collection of Waiting for You remixes largely feels uneven and half-baked.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The main problem is that the songs too often feel like sketches. The punchline is sold too quickly, the finish too abrupt.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    II
    II may actually prove itself to be the group's most accomplished record, and one Moderat fans will come back to more often down the line.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chorus is not quite clinical, but it's getting there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although his political ideas may be rough hewn, Doom's latest effort stands out from some of the major releases in his discography.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Planet High School is obviously not perfect, nor should it be, but it is a step upwards and onwards for Mux Mool.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bass Clef may have created a solid album, but, in the end, this lovely exercise leaves a sense that it was all a bit too easy for him.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of Paper Tiger's finest qualities is its ability to include a diverse list of contributors who provide just the right formula of loops, dub beats, and samples to the album without making it seem bloated.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From a distance, Paradise continues to connect the dots of Hood's career, but up close, it's completely absorbing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The LP's 11 tracks play like a string of variations on two or three ideas, but most of Murray's and Smith's experimenting is strong enough that Syndrome Syndrome sounds more like a collection of singles written by a veteran outfit dedicated to perfecting one beloved sound.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a different, and more unique effort [than Rooms(s)]. Moreover, the LP doesn't look outside of itself to the same extent that its predecessor did.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though Miami displays a jazzier, looser, and often darker side of Brandt Brauer Frick, it doesn't overshadow the classical techno-ensemble sound the trio first introduced on You Make Me Real.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Salton Sea is good, but ultimately doesn't leave as strong an impression as it intends.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some lo-fi purists will undoubtedly cry foul when they hear "The Longest Shadows" or "When It Comes," which bookend the album with slightly glossier production and an '80s goth-disco vibe that recalls Siouxsie and The Banshees or The Church. These tracks, along with "On Giving Up" and "Constant Winter," undeniably signal High Places' shift toward a more accessible sound, but they also happen to be some of the brightest spots on the album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    V
    One of the album's strong points is the balance it confidently finds between active and passive, as if it's encouraging listeners to be aware of their attention drifting between their thoughts and the spacious terrain provided by the music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite scattered flashes of brilliance, too often it's an album that feels unambitious, as though it's content to dwell in the middle ground where the two producers' back catalogs intersect rather than forge something new.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The project as a whole is impressive, but it's a testament to Gonzales that his music holds up to the grand scope of his endeavor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A bleak and beautiful ambient record that occasionally reaches beyond its self-imposed confines.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Dutch is less vibrant and, well, relevant than dance deconstructions by Actress or Oneohtrix, but it's also a lot harder to pin down, and there's a rogue-ish appeal to that.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Most tracks play like one elongated idea and only a few songs sound fully fleshed-out, giving Thing a half-baked, underwhelming vibe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dream On finds him utilizing the computer-processed end of his sound with a newly savage intensity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Our Inventions is a very nice album—"Rest Your Head" and "Everything is Always" are precious little slices of pop music—just don't expect kids who have been gorging on the psychedelic exploits of Animal Collective to flip out over this one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bespoke features a wealth of sounds and guest singers, but Darlington often lacks the glue to hold them together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a better idea to approach the album for what it is: a pretty, if somewhat slight take on sun-saturated psychedelia.