AOTY 2020

It's Real

Ex Hex - It's Real
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #392 / 758
User Score
Based on 71 ratings
2019 Ratings: #594
March 22, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

It’s Real accomplishes the one thing anyone would have questioned of Ex Hex after their debut – could they and would they expand their palette on their next outing, if there would even be a next outing.


Thanks to Ex Hex's sheer commitment to their rock & roll fantasies, It's Real never feels less than genuine.

It’s an odd sensation, listening to a raucous arena-rock album made by such straight-A students, but it’s ultimately a rewarding one.
Northern Transmissions

While this core feeling is definitely still there, Ex Hex have a bit of trouble keeping their writing consistently fresh this time around. Despite some of these all too familiar moments, when Ex Hex shines on this record, you’ll just want to get up and dance.


In the kaleidoscopic turns of its riffs and the lofty heights of its choruses, It's Real is a perfect soundtrack for forging ahead at high velocity.

I love Ex Hex's sound, but this feels like diminishing returns. Like "Rips" before it, it's music you could have a lot of fun blasting from your car during the summer. But the songs seem a little more subdued, the hooks a little duller, and some of their signature tricks - those crushing, harmonized chords that always evoke a Towshend-like windmill - feel a bit worn out. Since it's not as "rawk" as "Rips," I wish "It's Real" would have committed to ... read more
It’s Real is the second album for all female Garage Rock outfit EX Hex and it has a similar style and energy from their 2014 debut, but I fell like this time around they takes musical cues from the male dominated Hard Rock that was a staple of the early 80s. I’ve never been a big fan of that kind of style (think KISS), but it sounds different coming from a group of woman in the year 2019. I like that these songs sound akin to their debut, but also adds a whole new direction for the ... read more
There doesn't feel much special about this- It's Real sounds like most records I would have plucked out of my mom's record collection when she was in her early 20s. The production is certainly excellent, but I don't see myself coming back to this album anytime soon.
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Year End Lists

#8/Bandcamp Daily

Track List

  1. Tough Enough
  2. Rainbow Shiner
  3. Good Times
  4. Want It to Be True
  5. Diamond Drive
  6. No Reflection
  7. Another Dimension
  8. Cosmic Cave
  9. Radiate
  10. Talk to Me

Added on: January 9, 2019