Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 697 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 The Greatest Generation
Lowest review score: 5 V
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 697
697 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Foundations of Burden is the sound of an already excellent band reaching their potential, and in the process setting a new standard for the genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Branan is a supremely confident songwriter who is not too proud to poke fun at both his craft and his profession. That sense of levity makes The No-Hit Wonder worth many repeated listens. Easily one of the best country albums of 2014.
    • 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.