Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 3,356 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Everybody Is Going to Heaven
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
3356 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This revised version offers fans a chance to listen closely to those musical constructions, at their most skeletal, revealing an often wondrous gestation process: just one that never quite compares to its own final product.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By the end of the project, Quavo Huncho begins to feel more like a mixtape, with Quavo popping out to add a few unenergetic verses and repetitive adlibs rather than a strong solo debut. Quavo Huncho's individual features provide more of a draw than every solo track combined, proving that Quavo still needs some time to grow and develop as a solo artist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is a good first showing, especially given the conception of many vis-à-vis the musical talents of one hit wonders. But it does have the feel of a first album, in that Sheck seems to still be looking for his style and sound.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Evolution certainly doesn't sound like anything they've done before. At best, Evolution could add a few more bangers to their roster and slip by unnoticed. At worst, it could knock the band down to Creed levels of self-parody.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a rare moment of ambitious sprawl in an album that's otherwise lean, loud, and a no-nonsense celebration of Cloud Nothings' strengths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The solid Lovers Rock is a testament to Estelle's talent and career durability while paying homage to a genre that has withstood the test of time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A challenging listen full of shifting, ephemeral environs marked by harsh, disrupting events, it's a deeply unsettling record about our ongoing becoming, and perhaps the science fiction soundtrack our brave new world deserves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Broken Politics is an expansive and heartfelt collection of songs--a communication from within one of the most singular artists working today, articulating the nuances of where politics start for many: in one's day-to-day existence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MassEducation is hardly a necessary addition to St. Vincent's repertoire, but it is nevertheless an interesting and worthwhile listen for fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing groundbreaking, but a good modern soul album that draws on specific touchpoints--late '90 to early '00s R&B filtered by way of trap-minded beats--curated to today's audience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On his terrific sophomore record, Wall paints a portrait of a mythic Canadiana, a western region of lonesome plains and grizzled frontiersmen, of rodeos and gunfighters, of hardscrabble existences and unlucky bounces.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a good effort from these two but could've been tighter. It's best when Lil Baby raps about his emotions, where the two once were and when Gunna brags about how far they've come since. But it's clear, they've still got farther to go.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Bunny is fairly consistent across the board, there isn't much that sticks out here.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jasssbusters' steady output of blue-tinted melodies make it an exceedingly easy listening experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    ATW
    ATW is perplexing in its ability to both continue many of All Them Witches' songwriting motifs while often (and sometimes simultaneously) subverting them altogether.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In its quiet drawl, Out of Touch is a perfect record for joining Kalevi on that beach: full of the foggy calm of letting the imagination run its own course.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the core of Bottle It In, the 38-year-old husband and father of two offers his family the comforting illusion of his presence, a chance to hear his voice, and a reminder that they're with him, wherever he may be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Goodman and Bevan's take does an adequate job of representing the variety that has spanned over the Fabriclive mix series, but unfortunately manifests as being somewhat unkempt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Joe Strummer 001 is bursting with endearing, heartbreakingly excellent stories and songs about and by a guy with an endless passion to create and affect change. Here's hoping this series continues.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WAX
    WAX is filled to the brim with equal parts sing-along sensibility and raspy vibrato--with a style and sound akin to late '90s Chantal Kreviazuk.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wake continues Voivod's musical legacy with a pulse-pounding album that stands alongside their classics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All filtered through Davidson's signature brand of deadpan humour, this is a hilarious, challenging dance floor record, and you're going to have to take it seriously.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At his best, he updates the Allman Brothers, splicing in just enough of the Bakersfield sound, without sounding nostalgic or dated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their best album to date, Fall Into the Sun is the sound of a band rebuilding itself one song at a time and becoming that much stronger in the process.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    High On Fire have been on a hot streak with their records in recent years, but their latest is far and above the strongest release they've put out to date. Their blend of thrash, tribal-sounding sludge and doom metal has fully flourished, but to see the band still stepping up their game this far into their career is a testament to the lasting legacy they've left in their wake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    abysskiss continues to keep Lenker's songwriting hot streak going--more than enough to tide us over until the next Big Thief record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes this nine-track/45-minute LP so fascinating is just how many ideas Houck injects into it, throwing layers of piano, wordless backing vocals and ambient effects into the mix.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Masana Temples is a comparatively accessible release from Kikagaku Moyo, despite rooting itself in a reality outside of our own. The ease with which these tracks can be entered leaves one wondering whether this utopian vision--for all its gestures at peace--could be closer to us than we thought.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fucked Up's latest pushes the boundaries of their sound far beyond what you would expect. Dose Your Dreams is by far the most over-the-top album the band have ever created and shows they aren't satisfied with pumping out subpar material or rehashing what they've done.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is Logic at his best: making music that makes him happy. His comfort zone is infectious. If YSIV doesn't sell you on Logic, nothing will.