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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bjorke's ear candy is delightful when consumed, but rarely worth a repeat. Still, Bjorke has plenty of sonic reach, and his album is worth a spin to find the scattering of gems.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Now and then, Wolf will offer thoughtful contemplations surrounded by muted chimes and generous xylophone twinkles, but if it's a matter of Wolf's work being particularly groundbreaking, then we'd urge him to think before taking the red-eye.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The resulting album is light and breezy.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is ripe, modern disco that's commercial enough to lure suburbanites into Target and skeezy enough to entertain smack addicts (as seen in the tune's music video).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bespoke features a wealth of sounds and guest singers, but Darlington often lacks the glue to hold them together.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, most every cut on Sam Baker's Album is solid in its own right, but maybe 40 minutes is just too much, considering that the lines which box in the instrumental hip-hop genre become only more clear as the album pushes on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's obvious that Hicks and Hall know their way around both sound- and songcraft, they rarely--if ever--use those skills to sound like anything but a band even the most casual synth-pop fan would be familiar with.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For better or worse, TNGHT's objective for its debut EP is straightforward: to craft big beats. Sadly, this leaves Mohawke's noted penchant for sonic adventure really nowhere to be found.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If the last four years were a journey through the night for these two, the dawn on the other side is all loose ends, with only a few engaging moments here and there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only Slava had focused on the highlights and cut the weaker numbers from his debut LP, he might have had a rather strong EP to share.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More often than not, those organic sounds [dusty record pops, nocturnal nature recordings, tape hiss, distant car radios, bleeping busy signals, and street noise] feel like the music's most relatable characteristics, providing moments of unpredictability and liveliness to an album which paints almost exclusively with monochrome hues.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So many things have been synthesized into Chewed Corners from so many sources and ideas that any sense of direction, reaction, or engagement with the cutting edge is markedly less adventurous than most releases on his own label.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The LP is merely a collection of somewhat compelling, hip-hop-leaning beats that largely go nowhere; it's more like a dressed-up beat tape, and not a particularly exciting one at that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Snow Ghosts has arrived with 10 songs straight out the gate, leaving us with a strong first impression and a lingering suspicion that there may not be much fertile ground for Augustus Ghost and Throwing Snow to find together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Knowing what he is capable of with his band, though, one can't help but feel a little unfulfilled by his solo effort. If anything, SUM/ONE's moments of constriction emphasize how vital the expansive jam aspect is to Gang Gang Dance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Zunkuft may be even more sleep-inducing than the average ambient album, but it's worth admiring for its robust, and not humorless, conceptual solidity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While there very well could be a single or two from this record that eventually does break through to join the current wave of club crossover hits, Glow, as an album, does not live up to its promise, regardless of whether it's evaluated in "mainstream" or "underground" terms.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Abaporu isn't a bad LP, and for fans of classic Kompakt records by the Modernist, SCSI-9, or even The Field, the album might be exactly what they're looking for. More adventurous listeners, however, are advised to look elsewhere.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cooly G is still present here, but maybe she's a bit too present to fully elicit the kind of seduction she's singing about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On the whole, Blurred is an uneven release. Huxley's ambition is laudable, but it's only his decision to hedge his bets a little that saves the album from being a completely subpar outing.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Somehow, when put together, the artists' individual strengths are watered down, resulting in a mixture of the benign and the over-the-top, depending on the particular song.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Glow feels bloated from the start.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Purity Ring suffers from the all-too-popular idea that pitch-shifted vocal samples and well-calibrated washes of reverb are enough to create haunting, enigmatic music, as opposed to crafting singular worlds of sound that convey the soul of their creator and resonate within the listener.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The LP has a padded running time; 52 minutes is a long-ish album by any measure, but this one could have benefited from some serious editing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The resulting album, which has been 18 months in the making, is certainly more complicated, although not more sophisticated than previous work.