Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 756 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Strange Trails
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 756
756 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Omni is accessible yet not watered down; complex and engaging all at once. Its catchy and progressive elements will surely dig its way into your cerebellum.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Not only is The Powerless Rise As I Lay Dying’s heaviest album to date, it also features a splendor not heard on past releases.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Aside from some quirky song titles, there's little about Land of Talk that's abnormal. In the end, they're just solid all the way around.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Truth be told, finding a clunker on the second half is a tall order and that simple fact is what makes History of Modern so rewarding.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is The Get Up Kids years later folks. The familiar nuances have been rearranged and built into something stronger, but the attitude and depth is all the same, if not more adhesive and much more endearing than before.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For all of the baggage that comes included with Helplessness Blues, it is still a relaxing, folk-y Fleet Foxes record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Burst Apart retains all the band's compositional prowess and aural splendor, but it's also a record we can truly celebrate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Put simply, Mount Moriah is a compelling debut full of candidness, thoughtfully well crafted and relatable lyrics, beautiful vocals with the ability to mesmerizing, and dare I say it, already an aura and element of timelessness destined to surround it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sympathy isn't all cartwheels and picnics. But even in the face of death, there is optimism in Eiseland's songwriting that makes you want to listen regardless of mood.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Youth Lagoon will never reproduce anything like The Year of Hibernation. I think in 2011, this is called The Bon Iver Effect. The result of fame is that Powers will never be in this place again. But maybe that's best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It should be viewed as a major step-up from Reach For The Sun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, New Multitudes is a staggering work and a crowning achievement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is that constant desire to create new music that makes Heaven so deeply rewarding and so worth the time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Marriages created a ride not worth getting off until it ends.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite displaying their love of hardcore through certain parts of the album, Dinosaur Jr have created the most accessible heavy album of this year, with every track being suitable for any radio station or soundtrack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Largely, (III) is an excellent album. Crystal Castles have not just recreated their first two records, they have developed as a band and their sound has morphed greatly.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Henry Tremain does a fine job replacing the ever-inventive Stuart Smith on vocals. His lyrics aren't that much fun to sing, but they're nice to read.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whatever genre you’re into, whatever your favourite publication has said about these guys; Iceage are here to stay and You’re Nothing is one of the best albums of its time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Easily one of his strongest releases to date, if not his best, The Happiness Waltz is the very reason why musical history should have a small chapter for this criminally overlooked songwriter.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Dormarion is one of the most eclectic, fun records of the year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, when you look at this album, everything just fires on all cylinders--lyrically, vocally, instrumentally.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The anxiety-ridden sound of Kveikur is the best the band has produced since their breakthrough album, and seems promising to yield only more rewarding results in the future.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    By teaming up with some of the best producers in the r&b/hip-hop genre right now, including frequent Drake collaborators T-Minus and Boi-1da, Kelly Rowland has managed to make one of the best sounding r&b albums of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Run The Jewels is its own beast, and the combination of Killer Mike and El-P creating rap music together is one of, if not the most exciting thing happening in hip-hop right now.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    John is still going strong and better than ever. A few listens to The Diving Board proves exactly that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a very satisfying record, and it's the type of album where every song will probably be your favorite at some point, and you'll almost certainly have each of them stuck in your head at some point in the next week.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is plainly Beyoncé’s most personal album yet, one forged in the fires of public miscarriages, a wrenching journey that does as much to combat this years Yeezus-led political misogyny as it complements with its own version of black empowerment and self-love, one that is staunchly, inclusively, womanist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Echoing themes that bubble beneath the surface of all his work both with TSMZ and Godspeed, Menuck spins vitriol and tenderness, desperation and hope into a narrative that is both vivid and somewhat frightening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Issues' debut album is not only a more cohesive effort, but it's the immediate answer to naysayers who say claim the band will immediately fade away into irrelevancy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just like the three-eyed beast that graces the cover, Wolverines is a mean and lean punk rock record that sets the bar once again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Loom is just the band's first full-length, even though it sounds like a band's third or fourth album--a testament to the band's ambition and skill, which will ultimately place Frameworks in the same room with genre-pillars Touché Amoré, Pianos Become The Teeth, and La Dispute.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hebrews isn't the return to form listeners may have been expecting from Say Anything; instead it's something entirely better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What Antonoff has accomplished with Bleachers that he hasn’t yet with fun. or never did with Steel Train is create an album that inspires as much as it transports. It’s so sure and precise in its vision that it almost feels like a concept album without a concept.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Foundations of Burden is the sound of an already excellent band reaching their potential, and in the process setting a new standard for the genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Branan is a supremely confident songwriter who is not too proud to poke fun at both his craft and his profession. That sense of levity makes The No-Hit Wonder worth many repeated listens. Easily one of the best country albums of 2014.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Very much a step forward from last year’s The Coming Tide, Everlasting Arms is a sterling effort from an artist who fully understands who he is and what he is and is absolutely loving every minute of it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Few rap albums are this smart, this detailed, and this concerned with its culture. It's the kind of record that could easily collapse under its own weight, but is repeatedly hoisted up by the impenetrable musical foundations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This record is bold, uncompromising, and one of the best and most important in its genre to come out in an already exceptional year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Contra is still a Vampire Weekend album and it's certainly one that past fans will presently like. It may be less vigorous, but only if you're searching the surface.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, this is all a lot to swallow, especially for long time fans of the band. Pure pop escapism this isn't, but as proof-positive that a band can evolve into legitimate artists without resorting to navel-gazing, it's wholly triumphant.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Chaplin, Rice-Oxley and drummer Richard Hughes, chased down something different while still remaining true to their former records. Not only does it work, it provides a valuable lesson for bands that are far too afraid of taking risks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Brothers is a rock and roll takeover, as The Black Keys flex their muscles and make their presence known towards all imitators. The variety between tempos, melodies, and genres will keep you coming back to this record.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    To put it simply, Eminem is back. There are some truly essential songs on Recovery, and even the weak tracks are an improvement from the debacle that was Relapse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Known as much for their rambunctiousness as their literate ways, Steel Train have managed to take all the hallmarks of their sound but pushed them even farther. And yet never once is their sound compromised.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    John Legend and The Roots have followed the most important rules when covering material from other artists: you need to keep that signature sound that made the original important, while also adding that something special to make it your own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Top to bottom this album feels like a classic; a show stopper. No thrills, no cheap tricks and gimmicks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Human Hearts, their new fourth album and first release in almost four years, is no exception, and in fact may be their best work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In and Out of Youth and Lightness is not going to be an album for the impatient. A few listens are needed to soak in every layer this album has to offer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    As a whole, Life Fantastic is the band's most accessible album yet, full of memorable hooks while retaining the eccentricity and theatricality that have become synonymous with the band.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For near-perfectly executed indie-pop, we the lucky listeners don't have to wait for a "next time." Cults have struck gold the first time out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The Whole Love is much more encompassing of everything vital in the Wilco catalog, the twangy, the noisy, and yes, a little of the leisurely.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Indestructible Machine is the sound of promise, the sound of hope and ultimately the sound of something truly special unfolding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Garden Window shows how a band can be just as destructive without cranking ones volumes up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Young Guns are vastly talented and laden with armfuls of potential. One listen to Bones proves that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A genre-bending, head-turning collection that vaults ZBB to the top of the roots-rock pedestal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Hands Of Glory is yet another right step in a discography which is yet to falter or fail. This is as essential as a bits and bobs album comes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Their ventures paid off supremely, as One Life Stand is an enjoyable and captivating listen on every level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The end result is this expertly-crafted, inoffensive, hook-laden pop. Though it gets a bit silly in places, the core of this disc is far too good to pass up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Certainly, this is the band's greatest overall work since Recipe For Hate. It's tightly condensed, compellingly charming and whipsmart storytelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wreckorder is the sound of a songwriter firmly embodying the spirit of Britpop and testing himself. "Sing Me To Sleep," and "As It Comes," also point towards signs of maturation that were never seen in the Travis back catalog.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gutter Rainbows may be the most accessible and varied album in his discography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's good to listen to a record like The People's Key, if for no other reason, just to appreciate a songwriter who knew exactly what he wanted to do and executed it perfectly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Angles is the best Strokes album since their 2001 debut, and they still sound just as fresh and youthful as they did when they released that record.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    They have taken what they knew they were at good first time round, shed some of the cliche post rock elements and pressed on in a direction which at this stage in their career was perhaps a safer bet as opposed to trying something completely new, but it was the right bet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The way I see Torches, it's not so much music as a vehicle to convey their message, but more so just fun music for the sake of fun music, and well, you have to have lyrics, don't you?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    After we leave the forebodingly beautiful place of Little Hell one thing is certain--this is City and Colour's finest, most creative work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Mirror Traffic, Malkmus's fifth post-Pavement album, is proof that the singer, now 45, hasn't lost an ounce of what made him an iconic figure in the '90s.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The instrumentation is luscious and variable, the harmonies are wonderful, the lyrics are solid and compelling for the most part, and with such a lovely blend of slower and up-tempo tracks to choose from, Overlook is something you definitely don't want to do in regards to what might just be considered Maria Taylor's finest solo effort to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tripper sounds like Hill and Seim naturally hashed some tunes out--just with some better years of experience behind them to reflect back on.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    So it is in just nine short songs, Kinsella has crafted something deeply resonant, deeply impacting and most importantly, timeless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The honesty behind Hello Sadness is remarkable and incredibly appealing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is Winterpills at their finest, this is Winterpills with a direction and a clear focus.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The quintet has a real pulse on how to be memorable, melodic and magnificent without sacrificing their defined visions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gallows will arguably divide the fanbase between a hint of less grit at times and a vocalist not quite harnessing the same volatile nature as before--therefore yielding what is arguably the band's most diverse record in terms of execution.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Waking Season is the most dynamic and affecting record of this year and probably last year (too lazy to look).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tapestry of Webs makes the band's debut EP seem like forgotten practice demos. Across the board, the album displays acts of jazz, salsa and anti-post-pop (if that's a word), and it all leaves the listener coming back for more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Now the experimentation with electric guitars, even more electronic sampling and a focus on vocalist Becky Jacobs has brought Tunng to a paradise of exceeded expectations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Volume Two is a showcase of Deschanel’s and Ward’s best traits--Ward’s production and composition and Deschanel’s intelligence and magnetism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The point is, there's nothing not to like about Shame, Shame unless you're looking for some inscrutable puzzle to solve. However, if you want something you can just sit back and soak up, well, missing this album would be the real shame.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It doesn't take a biological science major to realize that this album is very well worth listening to regardless of whether you're a seasoned veteran of The Amory Wars storyline or you've never even heard of Coheed & Cambria.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's the ambiguity of styles, the insistence on bringing the listener along for a journey, that makes Total Life Forever such an endlessly interesting statement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trash Talk have stepped up with their new album. While many are still getting turned on by the word of mouth of the band's live outlet of aggressive showmanship, Eyes and Nines also shows that heart shouldn't be lost on the idea of moving forward as an artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With its laid-back atmosphere and relevant lyricism, Thank Me Later is a hip-hop album that successfully balances commercialism with art.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The regression in complexity seems to underscore the band's endorsement of arrested development as the secret to eternal youth. Their perpetual glee suggests that maybe they're onto something.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's evident from the musicianship, from the instrumentation, from the lyrics, and from the vocal delivery that Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me is a record of progression and refinement; released halfway through 2011, it will go down among the best of the heavy hitters this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With Leveler, August Burns Red stays true to their sound while remaining fresh. The 12 tracks contain new dynamics and elements that are sure to please old and new fans alike, while Jake Luhrs' performance places him to the very top of best vocalists within the genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So sit back and grab a bag of popcorn, because Vacation is chock-full of aural acrobatics rolled up into its withered plaid sleeves. You just have to be daring enough to push that button.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Agitations makes wrecking balls out of playground jacks in that it uses the same amount of destructive velocity as it does stimulate youth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's one of the most organic and genuine albums of 2011.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, People and Things hits home as an almost surprisingly diverse record from Jack's Mannequin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though it is probably not Coldplay's best, it is indeed a memorable listen and another chapter for a band whose place in rock music is firmly cemented.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tarot Classics so efficiently sets to buoyant, energetic music a viewpoint that is not only discontent but increasingly disinterested. And it's all somewhat hidden, because party tunes these can still be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, the EP works wonders, given largely to the fact that it contains unreleased tracks from sessions of the band's greatest, most straightforward work to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Take Care does a beautiful job of giving Drake the best group of features that complement his style while rarely outshining him.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A Flash Flood of Colour is daring, thought provoking, and utterly unpredictable, making it the first bold record of 2012 and Enter Shikari's defining moment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The sincerity displayed by Green throughout just makes it very easy for any listener to be fully transfixed by Beautiful Things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Like a rare, truly-great creepshow, it's the type of harrowing ride I want to experience again and again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Animal Joy represents a remarkable band in their prime of their career and is a stunning success on every level.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wide-ranging, engrossing and incredibly powerful it represents a new height for a band who has hinted at towering heights before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Anarchy, My Dear is a record that promises that anything could happen at anytime, and Bemis and company do their very best to shake up what has been expected from them as a band.