Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 703 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 88% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 11% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Handwritten
Lowest review score: 5 V
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 703
703 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Typically the band can be found tiptoeing the edge of shameless, binge-drinking punk rock ("Titus Andronicus Forever"). It's better when they're loud, I think, because it makes Stickles' doubt seem more immediate, like there's a time limit to his sanity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The band has sprinted forward and earned an Olympic title of the "P" word. I Was Trying to Describe You To Someone is going to turn heads and only gain more respect and fans in the process.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Almost Everything is a triumphant, forward-thinking and near perfect effort. With a disc this good, the piano-pop genre just might have its new hero.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album is something of a rollercoaster of musical styles, songwriting approaches and emotions. But most importantly, transcending it all, is Ritter's astounding power to make us hang on every word.
    • 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.