Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 655 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 Handwritten
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 655
655 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Loom is just the band's first full-length, even though it sounds like a band's third or fourth album--a testament to the band's ambition and skill, which will ultimately place Frameworks in the same room with genre-pillars Touché Amoré, Pianos Become The Teeth, and La Dispute.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hebrews isn't the return to form listeners may have been expecting from Say Anything; instead it's something entirely better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What Antonoff has accomplished with Bleachers that he hasn’t yet with fun. or never did with Steel Train is create an album that inspires as much as it transports. It’s so sure and precise in its vision that it almost feels like a concept album without a concept.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Contra is still a Vampire Weekend album and it's certainly one that past fans will presently like. It may be less vigorous, but only if you're searching the surface.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, this is all a lot to swallow, especially for long time fans of the band. Pure pop escapism this isn't, but as proof-positive that a band can evolve into legitimate artists without resorting to navel-gazing, it's wholly triumphant.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Chaplin, Rice-Oxley and drummer Richard Hughes, chased down something different while still remaining true to their former records. Not only does it work, it provides a valuable lesson for bands that are far too afraid of taking risks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Brothers is a rock and roll takeover, as The Black Keys flex their muscles and make their presence known towards all imitators. The variety between tempos, melodies, and genres will keep you coming back to this record.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    To put it simply, Eminem is back. There are some truly essential songs on Recovery, and even the weak tracks are an improvement from the debacle that was Relapse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Known as much for their rambunctiousness as their literate ways, Steel Train have managed to take all the hallmarks of their sound but pushed them even farther. And yet never once is their sound compromised.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    John Legend and The Roots have followed the most important rules when covering material from other artists: you need to keep that signature sound that made the original important, while also adding that something special to make it your own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Top to bottom this album feels like a classic; a show stopper. No thrills, no cheap tricks and gimmicks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Human Hearts, their new fourth album and first release in almost four years, is no exception, and in fact may be their best work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In and Out of Youth and Lightness is not going to be an album for the impatient. A few listens are needed to soak in every layer this album has to offer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    As a whole, Life Fantastic is the band's most accessible album yet, full of memorable hooks while retaining the eccentricity and theatricality that have become synonymous with the band.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For near-perfectly executed indie-pop, we the lucky listeners don't have to wait for a "next time." Cults have struck gold the first time out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The Whole Love is much more encompassing of everything vital in the Wilco catalog, the twangy, the noisy, and yes, a little of the leisurely.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Indestructible Machine is the sound of promise, the sound of hope and ultimately the sound of something truly special unfolding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Garden Window shows how a band can be just as destructive without cranking ones volumes up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Young Guns are vastly talented and laden with armfuls of potential. One listen to Bones proves that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A genre-bending, head-turning collection that vaults ZBB to the top of the roots-rock pedestal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Hands Of Glory is yet another right step in a discography which is yet to falter or fail. This is as essential as a bits and bobs album comes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Their ventures paid off supremely, as One Life Stand is an enjoyable and captivating listen on every level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The end result is this expertly-crafted, inoffensive, hook-laden pop. Though it gets a bit silly in places, the core of this disc is far too good to pass up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Certainly, this is the band's greatest overall work since Recipe For Hate. It's tightly condensed, compellingly charming and whipsmart storytelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wreckorder is the sound of a songwriter firmly embodying the spirit of Britpop and testing himself. "Sing Me To Sleep," and "As It Comes," also point towards signs of maturation that were never seen in the Travis back catalog.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gutter Rainbows may be the most accessible and varied album in his discography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's good to listen to a record like The People's Key, if for no other reason, just to appreciate a songwriter who knew exactly what he wanted to do and executed it perfectly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Angles is the best Strokes album since their 2001 debut, and they still sound just as fresh and youthful as they did when they released that record.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    They have taken what they knew they were at good first time round, shed some of the cliche post rock elements and pressed on in a direction which at this stage in their career was perhaps a safer bet as opposed to trying something completely new, but it was the right bet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The way I see Torches, it's not so much music as a vehicle to convey their message, but more so just fun music for the sake of fun music, and well, you have to have lyrics, don't you?