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
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whatever genre you’re into, whatever your favourite publication has said about these guys; Iceage are here to stay and You’re Nothing is one of the best albums of its time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Easily one of his strongest releases to date, if not his best, The Happiness Waltz is the very reason why musical history should have a small chapter for this criminally overlooked songwriter.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Dormarion is one of the most eclectic, fun records of the year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, when you look at this album, everything just fires on all cylinders--lyrically, vocally, instrumentally.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The anxiety-ridden sound of Kveikur is the best the band has produced since their breakthrough album, and seems promising to yield only more rewarding results in the future.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    By teaming up with some of the best producers in the r&b/hip-hop genre right now, including frequent Drake collaborators T-Minus and Boi-1da, Kelly Rowland has managed to make one of the best sounding r&b albums of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Run The Jewels is its own beast, and the combination of Killer Mike and El-P creating rap music together is one of, if not the most exciting thing happening in hip-hop right now.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    John is still going strong and better than ever. A few listens to The Diving Board proves exactly that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a very satisfying record, and it's the type of album where every song will probably be your favorite at some point, and you'll almost certainly have each of them stuck in your head at some point in the next week.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is plainly Beyoncé’s most personal album yet, one forged in the fires of public miscarriages, a wrenching journey that does as much to combat this years Yeezus-led political misogyny as it complements with its own version of black empowerment and self-love, one that is staunchly, inclusively, womanist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Echoing themes that bubble beneath the surface of all his work both with TSMZ and Godspeed, Menuck spins vitriol and tenderness, desperation and hope into a narrative that is both vivid and somewhat frightening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Issues' debut album is not only a more cohesive effort, but it's the immediate answer to naysayers who say claim the band will immediately fade away into irrelevancy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just like the three-eyed beast that graces the cover, Wolverines is a mean and lean punk rock record that sets the bar once again.