AOTY 2019

It's Real

Ex Hex - It's Real
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #279 / 616
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2019 Ratings: #827
March 22, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

80
AllMusic

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

78
Pitchfork
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.
75
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.

70
Exclaim!

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.

50
Clash

Their propensity for classic rock riffage sounds somewhat outdated now, too, and ‘It’s Real’ doesn’t quite pack the same punch as their debut ‘Rips’.

KengojiUltamYT
67
Tracks 4 to 8 are excellent
matteo
60
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
60
This could be compared to the new Sleeper record as it comes across kind of same. "It's real" is a sweet and mostly upbeat indie rock record with 80s, 90s, vibes. It has a good sound for road trip music and it's really chill. 6 from me.
GABRIELinHELL
40
Mediocre
chalkhampton
64
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
#73/Uncut
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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
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Added on: January 9, 2019