Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 675 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 Yeezus
Lowest review score: 5 V
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 675
675 music reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing I want to do at the end of Vices & Virtues is hear it all over again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While overall House of Balloons carries a chilling vibe, it proceeds to rock the listener with exciting tempos and relaxing melodies that intertwine to form a beautiful piece of art.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once the initial shock of hearing this Mazes' brand of distorted but highly melodic rock wore off, it gave way to pure delight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The resulting songs sway in and out pleasantly, but are too often as easy on the brain as they are the ears.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As long as they keep making records as good as Drifter, they can stop wandering around, and stay as long as they like.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However, despite losing a key member, the Red Hot Chili Peppers come out triumphant with I'm With You.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His latest release with the Black Widows, the pop-tinged, rock-and-roll based The Spade, is a collection of reasons why. It's tough to imagine why any band or artist would pass over a chance to work with Walker after hearing this release.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not supplant Through Being Cool or Stay What You Are as your favorite Saves The Day album, but you can safely put it in the upper echelon of their discography.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Hunter is another polarizing yet captivating (and incredibly fun) effort from one of the most talented bands in modern metal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A hard-hitting, purely enjoyable album from South Florida's proudest sons.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautifully hazy indie pop record, perfectly suited to hot summer days.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from that rather flat conclusion, Nightlife is a solid offering from a unique act who possess a sound all their own, who seem unafraid of exploring all aspects of that sound.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This could be the record that provides that breakthrough [to mainstream].
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These Ohioans escaped the abyss and emerged with the definitive Hit The Lights album, one well worth the three-plus year wait.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Come Back As Rain is a pleasant...not a surprise, but reaffirmation...that Good Old War is one of the most talented bands around at this point in time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fiery temperament of former releases often gives way to that aforementioned arena-sized pop sensibility, making No Gods sound bigger (and more attractive) than anything this band has written before.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Move Along got the name in lights, it's Kids in the Street that ensures The All-American Rejects to be burning bright for years to come.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picture Show may not have as much mainstream appeal as a song like "Animals", but it definitely shows a band honed in on creating enjoyable, addicting tracks that seem fresh without losing the hint of the past this album seems thankfully unable to shake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Harmonicraft] finds Torche further indulging their pop muse. The result is a set of songs that retains most of the heaviness we've come to expect at this point, but with even more single-ready ear candy than ever before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's punk rock for the same fans who loved Hot Water Music years ago.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combining the huge sound of Of Men & Angels with the youthful honesty of Hello, Good Friend and Do You Feel, Avary has created his best record yet with Life Will Write These Words.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their latest is yet another gem that you could spin for a room full of the most down-on-their-luck sad-sacks and get them all high-fiving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rooster Rag is a fun and inspired effort with far too many careless throwaways. The only lasting grace is that despite mountains of adversity, the Little Feat train keeps on rolling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if this isn't your preferred genre, there is no denying that Life Cycles is one of the most personal and genuine albums of 2012. There's nothing manufactured here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While some tracks may feel more like Bay and Ratner, Ross more often than not hits his mark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, The Vaccines have released a great album in the form of The Vaccines Come Of Age.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chances are, his best work is still ahead of him, but for now, Tomorrowland is another fascinating statement from one of music's most promising young players.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wallflowers have always been a band that excelled at bringing new life to things we'd heard before, and that remains true on Glad All Over.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    II
    Bad Books' II is the band finally discovering its sweet spot, as the album's eleven tracks are firing on all cylinders.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, The Bears For Lunch is an great record, however those extra unnecessary tracks weigh it down at points and prevent it from being excellent.