Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 653 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 89% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 10% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 The Greatest Generation
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 653
653 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The album represents a triumph for Have a Nice Life after six years of mostly silence, and is a more-than-worthy follow-up to Deathconsciousness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Seahaven lost themselves at sea (figuratively) and emerged with the most surprising and refreshing album of 2014.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The complexities and dense topics still remain on Dinosaur, giving the album many layers for the listener to peel apart. Basically, My Dinosaur Life is the fusion of the best moments of Motion City Soundtrack's previous three albums and expanding on that, while maintaining all the uniqueness and quirks that fans love about the band.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Five Ghosts is the band's most consistent album yet, and their best since 2005's "Set Yourself On Fire."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Each and every song is a living, breathing entity, separate in their own way even as they meld into a single cohesive collection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    [The lyrics] carry a meaning that doesn't stop when the song does.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is just completely enthralling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Though it can be long and drags at times (namely "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair") Pour Une Ame Souveraine is a compelling album and another notch on the belt of an artist who continues to pursue her own agenda.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Both daring and down right difficult to turn away, consider this among the band's finest work of their career thus far.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Brutalist Bricks sounds nothing like that at all. Ted Leo is still very much in his prime, and Bricks is as relevant (and as great) a record as you'll hear in 2010.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Heaven is Whenever, the most consistent band in rock and roll remains reliable, as The Hold Steady give their sound a fresh update while not straying too far from what makes them so endearing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though he's reluctant to vary his sound, the end results are far too magnetic, far too majestic and far too masterful to even allow a twinge of disappointment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP, he does more than just add to his collection of tunes--he reaffirms his commitment to expressing the human spirit. And as identifiers with that spirit, we lean forward, eager to hear more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sonic evolution of the group is remarkable, and the dark, introspective lyrics of Sykes will not only be cathartic for him, but for many.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mind-blowing and catchy, Black Up is an album too progressive to pass up. Get on this as soon as possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is all-at-once beautiful, infectious, impressive and brilliant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As a whole, Born and Raised is contrite, earnest and warm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transformative, entrancing and wholly confident, Sigh No More is head and shoulders above the competition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    2008's critically lauded "Devotion" set the band on a new path, landing them an opening spot for buzz band Grizzly Bear and winning the hearts of hipsters the world over. Teen Dream, however, takes things to a whole new level.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the disc starts off unhurried and threatens to dawdle, the gentle lilt of "Goodbye to the Ground," makes for one of Moorer's most creative efforts to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Wild Hunt, Swedish maestro Kristian Matsson once again constructs lively, emotional pieces with nothing more than his strangely authentic Southern drawl and nimble fingers. The lyrics are beyond superb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's certainly enough passion in Blue Sky Noise to show the masses where rock and roll and great songwriting can meet in a traditional compromise that everyone can enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the band's elements coalesce in a remarkably cohesive way to elicit the desired moods.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Paperboy has done it. I mean, I don't really know what he's done. He's made this album, Come and Get It, that truly stands in its own category in 2010.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fairly apparent throughout the album that Anberlin was definitely in their element, as Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place is exactly what mainstream music needed: a challenging and engaging rock and roll album anyone can relate to. Their songwriting and musicianship have never been better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Upon repeat listens, there's not one point of Halcyon Digest that feels like it was overly thought out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was obvious the writing for this album was at its earlier stages when Camu passed away, but the production does a very good job of making up for the low quality of the vocals. Fortunately, Camu's fantastic voice still breaks through. I love distorted, uneven recordings, but fans of cleaner audio work may be put off by the album's overall quality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They may not be quite as distraught as Smith was, and they certainly opt not to strum as fast as he did, but the shared sentiment is still there. And on The Unfazed, that sentiment carries a savory beauty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Valley is equally intimate and gorgeous as it is rough and realistic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Light, more than anything I've heard lately, sounds complete and self-contained, and like most of the TV on the Radio catalog, it largely transcends genre. No other context is necessary. Nine Types of Light simply is what it is.