Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 662 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 662
662 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Rented World may not offer the thematic comforts that fans of Impossible Past will be searching for, the album is stacked from top to bottom with can’t-miss tracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily digestible, wholeheartedly inoffensive and very much DIY, this is an album that makes the forty minutes more than worth the investment. If only every disc could be this much fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does Flies In All Directions combine the best elements of American Art and The Cosmic Drama, it exceeds them, resulting in what's bound to a genre-defining staple for years to come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fullbright’s first record, From the Ground Up, scored a surprise Grammy nomination in the Americana category two years ago, but don’t be surprised when Songs starts topping EOTY lists in December.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band has continued to expand and refine their ADD-riddle pop-punk into something more substantial and LP3 chronicles the growth in songwriting while maintaining the spastic charm of the band's earlier releases.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prawn have shaped themselves into a band who offer more than lyrics, but counseling. And Kingfisher is catharsis created not through grit, but melody.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The decision not to focus on immediate pop hooks is really a blessing, though, as this album showcases Spoon at their loosest and most diverse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's not extraordinarily original, but they do a masterful job at piecing together classic pop elements in an incredibly thoughtful and enjoyable way, crafting an album that's sure to please indie snobs, pop purists and, well, anyone else who might be listening.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Right from the start with opener "Lion Face Boy", Seabear bring you in and captivate you for the entirety of We Built A Fire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you dig songs with twang, Here's to Taking It Easy is as tuneful and affecting a set of them as you're likely to come across.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Forceful is just what is capturing about Treats. It is what makes it so hardcore to the bone. Miller puts together gritty guitar licks and hammering beats worthy of an opening slot with Ghengis Tron in my eyes and matches it to the beautiful, yet aggressive sound of Krauss' mouth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Truth be told, it never feels completely on-target, however it's hardly inept - just a touch disjointed. For every minor imperfection, listeners are rewarded with boosts of adrenaline from the bludgeoning opening track "Deafening" and breakneck "Dear Enemy."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Though it is lengthy and a lot to sit through--more than 70 minutes of music--there seems little reason to think this won't catapult Arcade Fire to even greater heights.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    On The King is Dead, The Decemberists decided to fully immerse themselves in a style they've flirted with for years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Almost two decades later, and they prove why everyone continues to keep tabs and standards for not only the band, but everyone around trying to live up to the influence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Welcome to The Low Anthem's Smart Flesh, where folk music doesn't need to be reinvented for it to come alive – just performed. If you're looking for a solid folk spooker to open the year, your search ends here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes isn't Yellowcard's best work, as Paper Walls still retains that title in my mind, but it's exactly the album that fans should be hoping for.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Frank Turner definitely does whatever he wants, and he's a lot better at it than I am at pretty much everything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    England, Keep My Bones is Turner's most emphatic success and the best singer/songwriter album that will be released in 2011.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    What's fascinating about The Color Spectrum (and easily comparable to a contemporary like The Alchemy Index) is how expansive the quality of the records are in their execution.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Annie Clark stands out with her work because she is one of the few artists that can take something mournful and make it jarring yet angelic all at once.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Those who enjoy seeking out the layers of composition and the finest of details will no doubt appreciate and gravitate towards a record as expertly crafted as this.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While it may lack the immediate magnetism of Weathervanes, there's plenty of reasons to think when all is said and done, Diluvia will be the album that carries them forward and cements their status as one of New York City's most creative and rewarding indie bands.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Comprised of many songs he has tucked away for years, the album is everything one might expect from a Gibbard solo album: daring, delicate, verbose and indelible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The genius of Lights Out is that it packs a punch without any gimmicks.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Helplessness Blues is one of the few things reminding me that behind the liquor stores and condominiums is a little freedom and a lot of hope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sure she's unconventional, a bit puzzling but in the end she is undeniably rewarding and compelling. Hell, come to think of it, Hunting My Dress might be one of 2010's most pleasant surprises.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album has the feel of a stopping-off point of sorts for a band an evolutionary path, headed toward an even higher level of greatness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Eighties punk enthusiasts with a taste for hip modern bands like Japandroids, Tapes 'n Tapes and (the late) Jay Reatard, or hell, anyone who can appreciate spirited rock music delivered with verve, should find The Soft Pack to be a delightful and exciting listen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Plastic Beach is a full blown hip-hop/trip-hop album and a prime example of how to stray away from one genre to dominate another. If Albarn has done anything with this project, he has shown his knowledge of flawless production and the ability to create aesthetically pleasing tunes.