Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 811 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Sunbather
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 811
811 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it was "the right way" or not, all of the days that we have waited for Neighborhoods have been well worth it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song on Soul Punk bleeds confidence and assurance--that these songs are what Patrick Stump is happy creating--music that he's proud of.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As one of the last big album releases to close out 2011, it's highly fitting that Ceremonials should be considered perhaps the most beautiful and absorbing of them all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It'll be difficult to find many albums (regardless of genre) that stimulates as many emotions as Camp. Years of hard work and perseverance from Glover has finally paid off and Camp is the culmination of all that, making this one of the best albums of 2011.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    During the 30 odd minutes of Avalanche United, you hear a revitalized band that's eager to take over the country and at the top of their game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uncompromising, gritty and intense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seeker Lover Keeper is a beautiful, harmonious and captivating listen from start to finish.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not all slow and mid-tempo numbers that litter the forty-five minute duration of The Slideshow Effect. There are also moments where the band is unafraid to lift the urgency, to create a semblance of sustained momentum, and to incorporate a few timely hooks and memorable melodies along the way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The duo shows an uncanny ability to write engaging pop nuggets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The musicianship and songwriting is easily on par with Magic and exceeds the output on Working On A Dream, and as a whole, Wrecking Ball stacks up considerably with The Rising, which to this day I consider a top-5 Springsteen album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twelve Years is a record that can and should become the soundtrack to many a young person's life in 2012.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of his idiosyncratic creative mind with his highly personal and conflicted lyrics has resulted in something spectacular.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of Vigil's honest, yet relatable lyricism and the powerful instrumentation make for the band's most powerful statement to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, The xx have created an album that is just as interesting, attractive and sexy as it could possibly be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Painted, Narrows sophomore release isn't just a bunch of vets attempting a comeback, they're showing listeners why their names are already synonymous within the scene to begin with.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battle Born is the kind of rock 'n' roll record that almost nobody makes anymore: it's bombastic and excessive and oversized, but it's also a grand and universal statement, a master class of album structure and sequencing, and a culmination of everything Brandon Flowers and The Killers have done up to this point.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You're going to need more than a few listens to truly sink your teeth into the meaty layers and themes, but once you get it, you'll find that this is one of the most rewarding albums of 2012.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blak and Blu is the very definition of a bellwether, and the resounding answer to all of the many who have predicted such greatness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We Don't Even Live Here is the weirdest, angriest, and best P.O.S album to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, I don't know exactly where I'd rank Koi No Yokan--somewhere in the top three, but really it's not important. What's important is that this is a f***ing great album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such storytelling songwriting on Close The Distance is unmatched by anything Lancaster has ever penned--and I mean ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Failed States is the band's best release to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The twin sisters have pushed themselves creatively and musically, creating something truly special.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Hummingbird is a wonderful album. Each song manifests itself in a truly attractive manner and it's a release that's very much focused in the aesthetic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On New Moon they take a wide range of sounds and somehow make them all their own, and if you can keep up with all the "genre-hopping," this is certain to be one of the most unique and interesting records you'll hear this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Wondrous Bughouse is a beautiful, experimental album that never forgets that above all, music is an art form and is meant to be experience as is film, art, or literature.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Give In is as strong an effort as any and the grand introduction of a first-rate new outfit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sempiternal is one of the most breathtaking and engaging albums of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many artists recording today who make songwriting seem more natural and effortless than Kurt Vile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of a young band coming into their own unique musical niche and making the record they’ve been reaching for since they first hit the scene in 2009.