Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 722 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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Afraid Of Ghosts
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 722
722 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Jinx leaves the band with more paths to explore going forward; they may either continue to refine the warmly gothic sounds found here or may embrace a different facet of Sports. It seems apparent after Jinx that they will deftly execute whichever option they choose.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What Saaab Stories lacks in quantity is easily made up for in quality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Whether or not it's as good as The Luca Brasi Story is irrelevant, though at this point the two are about even. The highs on Luca Brasi are higher and the lows are lower, but Stranger Than Fiction is a much more consistent listen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    When listening to Doris, you're going to want to have lyrics nearby or else you're going to miss well over half of what's being said. It makes for an album that's hard to listen to without putting in some effort, but the results speak for themselves as Doris proves to be both a rewarding and engrossing listen, even if there are still a few kinks to be worked out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Repave is integral to retroactively understanding Vernon's canon and also establishes a path forward from the runaway success of his past.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    My Name Is My Name is one of the best debut albums of the year, but since Pusha T is far from a new artist, he's got a leg-up on many of the newcomers to the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Save Your Breath have released one of the best albums in the genre this year and one of the only ones I think can truly be called a throwback to its golden age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Cult unleashes some of the band's tastiest riffs and strongest songs yet while broadening Bayside's musical palate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album is, on face value, yet another rap record about the artists success in overcoming the hobbling obstacles of the drug industry. Stale as the concept is, Future breathes life into it by twisting it into his own image and owning it fully.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Nikki-Nack is an outstanding successor to W h o k i l l and the year’s most memorable pop album yet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's no real logical conclusion as to what it all means, and The Roots understand that. That's part of why they made the album so short; so that you can put the time in and come to a conclusion yourself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Once More 'Round the Sun is the band's most accessible record yet in a lot of ways. The choruses are catchier, the guitar solos are flashier, and the production, while not too overdone, isn't too raw to leave any recognizable barrier to entry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Lese Majesty is an entirely different beast than Black Up, and the group manages to continue sticking out in the hip-hop world for their incomparable creativity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
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    A tangle of influences and contemporaries; yet she manages to keep space in which her frail breath of a singing voice can survive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Run The Jewels 2 is the logical follow up to Run The Jewels; it's bigger, bolder, and feels like a punch to the gut that you'll be feeling for weeks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Absent Sounds is one of those records where favorite songs change by the hour. And it’s also a record that understands your perceived meaning is the most important one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Her melodies are always on point and her voice is as strong and confident as ever, a very large and noticeable step up from the teenage True Romance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The palpably effervescent joy of Rae Sremmurd feels untainted by the ills of reality and stands against a backdrop of contemporaries like Shmurda and Chief Keef who use their as a way of combating the grim reality of inner city rot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If You're Reading This It's Too Late comes with all of the baggage and experimentation a mixtape brings while managing to surpass the quality of most artists' output.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    They accomplished their mission. They made a record that doesn't have one radio hit, let alone a single and yet is stronger than their previous efforts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Pyramid of the Sun not only remedies the sporadic deficiencies of Inventions for the New Season, it does proud the legacies of Jerry Fuchs and Manuel Gottsching; it also serves as both a challenge and heuristic experience for the alarmingly proliferating post-rock contingent.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If I had to describe Scurrilous in one word, it would be indulgent, and that's not a bad thing. When you have this much talent, I want to hear it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    We Do What We Want is far from perfect – the track sequencing is awkward and doesn't feature the technicality of previous albums (this is where they really miss Shelton) – it is still unlike any other Emery release.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While Goblin is a slow, 75-minute mental breakdown of Tyler, Blackenedwhite is a brisk, crisp, and energetic hip-hop record, clocking in at barely 30 minutes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Jayhawks are still crafting music that should be emulated. And that in and of itself is why Mockingbird Time is worth its 50 minutes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Hollandaze is a compelling enough release on feel alone, an album that smartly incorporates a subtle sense of tension, preventing its gauzy textures from devolving into directionless bliss-outs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    There's much to like about Office of Future Plans, though I suspect its appeal beyond being a throwback to the golden age of angst-ridden but pop-sensible rock music may be rather limited.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a solid debut effort and one that never spares on electronic dramatics and an extensive array of far-ranging ideas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    When the band puts their best foot forward ("Monkey Riches," "Father Time," "Applesauce," "Mercury Man," and "Pulleys,") they sound like an outfit deserving of all the hype and praise bestowed upon them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It might take a moment to sink in, but the return of Verse to both touring and recording has reaped its most challenging disc to date--leaving us with something to cherish and consider in the process.