Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 617 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 89% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 11% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Handwritten
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 617
617 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Awakened makes for a reasonable continuation in the band's sound, but finds the group making a significant stride in their ability to mix their talents together while keeping the songwriting at dizzying heights.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Red
    It's sexy, daring, and complete.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The only time the record comes across as flawed is the manner in which certain tracks happen to run into each other, however largely, this is easy to ignore when the rest of the record is so great. Local Business is certainly the business.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album never gets stagnant and avoids the pitfalls of sticking to the same sound or mellowing out with age and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have quite a few albums in them yet.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One Wing is equal parts raw, deranged, beautiful, and immense--it's a very primal and exhausting release; something you can feel pouring out of your speakers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lyrically and musically (guitarists Luke Kilpatrick and Jeff Ling showcase impressive tapping and riffing throughout), this is Parkway Drive at its best--combining the best elements from its previous albums and expanding on them to create an album that encompasses all your senses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Title Fight isn't trying to reshape the sound of punk--they just want you to listen to better music. Floral Green accomplishes that and more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Aside from the overall atmosphere of the album, most of the time, Veronica Falls are spot on with their songwriting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The most amazing part about Foolish Blood is that it sounds effortless, almost as if the band could write a sequel to this in their sleep.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Beast in Its Tracks wouldn’t be a Josh Ritter album without at least a few home-runs, and luckily, the hits here are plentiful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the kind of record where everyone will have different favorite song, where what someone calls dull or overlong or indulgent will resonate perfectly with someone else, depending on that listener’s past musical tastes and experiences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As loud as What You Don''t See seems at first blush, it's really quite thoughtful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tape Deck Heart may not be quite as good as the phenomenal England Keep My Bones, but it’s a quality release with excellent lasting value that will be a mainstay on album of the year lists in 2013.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You’ll sing along because it’s catchy, but you’ll push repeat because the lyrics are so personal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Random Access Memories is teeming with life, and the multitude of genres presented as well as the production choices of the duo help the album deliver on its promise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Most importantly, the album extends the reaches of their previous effort and makes an even bigger dent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whereas 2011's Want More felt uneven, Howl is dynamic, controlled and with few, if any holes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Having complete freedom and reign with this record, Eisley was able to take its musical element to richer and grander heights.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Long Way Down has just enough flaws to show that Odell has room to grow and progress. If you listen to one pop album this year, this is a pretty good bet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Mayer Hawthorne has created his most complete and compelling piece of art yet, taking risks, experimenting, and looking to expand his already defined palate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The songwriter gets primary production credit on nine of the 12 tracks from The Blessed Unrest, and on many of them, she uses that position to build the sort of stunning and nuanced arrangements that elevate her songs beyond traditional singer/songwriter fare.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Skyer is one piece of art, obviously. But it’s not going to do the same thing to you as it has done to me. And that’s a special thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With Last of the Great Pretenders, Nathanson captures the organic energy of a city full of exuberant personalities, legendary landmarks, and gorgeous vistas, and the result is one of the most bulletproof summer discs to come along this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though Ty Segall often seems like he makes records at inhuman paces, Sleeper indulges his very human impulse for a good wallow, and proves that there’s more to the man than the distorted ripping guitars would make you believe.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the album doesn’t have the dynamic genre-hopping sensibility that made both Continuum and Born and Raised instant classics, it’s still a solid set of songs that follows one of today’s best songwriters as he establishes a new comfort zone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Mechanical Bull is the sound of real life. It’s the sound of Kings of Leon realizing that sometimes where you were is better than where you ended up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Saves The Day is another feather in the cap known as the band's illustrious career, marking the return of the band we all fell in love with many years ago while successfully beginning the next phase of the band’s career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    11 tracks of stick-to-the-roof-of-your-eardrums music that sounds all at once immediate and laid-back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It sprawls and can feel tenuous, even precipitously close to collapse under its own weight, but the moment of calamity never arrives. It stands instead as a monument not to the person who has erected it, but to the multitudinous influences that brought it into being.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Into It. Over It. have become a group that show us that the innermost workings of one mind can represent so many. All different. All the same.