Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 3,880 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Electric Lady
Lowest review score: 10 California Son
Score distribution:
3880 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That precarious balance between surrealism and sweetness, adept contributions and singular vision, and much more make I Made a Place feel like a must-visit destination — it's one of the best alt-folk albums to come out in years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amnioverse does still err, at times, on the side of industrial and abstraction, but is anchored in a softness rich in texture and weighty with emotion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The remarkable feat of New Ways is the ability to both resonate with those who loved Twin Solitude, while also pushing tendrils out towards listeners in search of more versatility.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a cycle that is as complex as it is direct at times, describing the imbalances between moments of lucidity and desire, and what is lost or gained when one declares "let's get out of the romance."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes does not always work, but in the moments where it does, it is bound to sit in your stomach for a long time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The quality of musicianship, lyrical content and melodies on What You See Is What You Get marks one of the top calibre country albums of the decade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a debut, it's undeniably a solid effort, although one that might be lacking in memorable surprises. It never reaches the highs of their hypnotic sets, but it's certainly a worthwhile listen nonetheless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both a departure from the expected modern/postmodern/future-possible sound he is usually credited with, but also an arrival at its very beginnings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only real drawback is that the album lacks the intrigue surrounding something as adventurous as their previous album. Daemon still has a lot to sink your teeth into, and fans of black metal and Mayhem should not miss out on it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The intent, execution and expression is pure. But the ominous feel of the entire project overwhelms, in parts, with a forlorn sense of distance and dread — which appears to be the point — yet its subsuming sense of femininity, sexuality, free will and determinism paradoxically draws us in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a gem. Preemo lovingly wraps brand new Guru verses (new even to him) with his trademark production, earmarked with his iconic scratch choruses, without missing a beat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This project, as conceived by the artist, wraps itself in an Afro-futurist stance, an approach to neo-soul that feels right at home played next to the sounds of FKA twigs or Solange. But Sudan Archives still has room to grow while she defines her sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wildcard represents courage, strength and vulnerability as Miranda tells her story. The album is a timeless snapshot that measures a moment in this superstar's life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Myths 004 is a feat of atmospheric storytelling that keeps us on our toes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Anxiety, anguish and unrest can often produce great art, but so can spiritual harmony. It's just a shame that in the case of Turnover, contentment sounds so bland.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Networker is like a clock; it never hesitates or loses its pace, and it's constantly ticking. Yet the record feels unhinged, wily and obscure — as if the clock is hanging so askew, it might just fall off the wall.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As rich and resonant as some of these synth tones are, it's ultimately an album that's more conceptually interesting than it is musically appealing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Followup Hello, I'm Doing My Best offers up more hook-filled, crisply produced radio rock with plenty of grit and soul from Barter, who remains a compelling presence throughout.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Guv I [was] an all-around more solid record, making Guv II feel a bit more like leftover parts than an essential second act — but Cook's knack for songwriting is nonetheless clear. At the very least, this sequel is an extra show of musical prolificacy and a good portfolio-stuffer with which to chase more work as a hired gun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sweating the Plague shows Robert Pollard achieving the near-impossible; stringing together a steady decade of such strong material this late into his band's career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "The truth is, I'm good at this" she recently told Exclaim!, and Cheap Queen certainly backs that up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some songs stick to the usual anarchic ideas, "The Hanging Man" being a tasty cut worthy of inclusion on any forthcoming Best Of, but there are also introspective nightmare-lullabies like "Annaline," "Amnesia" and "Cathedrals of Heaven." ... Easygoing suits Gira.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The biggest strength of Up On High may be its greatest weakness: it's a record that is exactly what it is trying to be, a folk rock album that feels so much like a folk rock album that you forget about it as soon as it ends. Vetiver's latest is an album that you can put on and not think too much about.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It could have been much better. Kanye's foray into gospel should have been a heavenly experience, but it's half-baked, incoherent and ultimately falls short of godly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The tracks on Spiritual Instinct feel somewhat monotonous, comparatively, since Alcest rarely pull back the reins to accentuate the diversity of their (typically) expansive sound.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [An] energized album, full of unexpected twists and forked, enchanting melodies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anicca is an album that stands alone, reaching above and beyond expectation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Marble has seen a massive development with Bigger Than Life. Whether the record has proven itself to acutally be "bigger than life" is up for debate. But for Stewart's third LP, it's a solid effort and pleasant change of pace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This EP is more sketchbook than fully realized piece of art, a placeholder between full-lengths designed to keep the band in the cultural conversation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anthropocosmic Nest is full of loud blasts from the Messthetics, but it's also dynamic, revealing a patient, thoughtful approach to songwriting, which, beyond exhibiting the band's musical proficiency, is a real signifier of genuine friendship and trust.