Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 722 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Afraid Of Ghosts
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 722
722 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Few rap albums are this smart, this detailed, and this concerned with its culture. It's the kind of record that could easily collapse under its own weight, but is repeatedly hoisted up by the impenetrable musical foundations.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is my firm belief that The Greatest Generation has no real precedent in this community.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is just completely enthralling.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is exactly as advertised: it's a journey through West's deepest thoughts, showcasing all the facets to his persona (from his bravado to his insecurities) over a pristine collection of all his signature sounds.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is something that has no expiration date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's bold, intelligent, and demanding--taking all your emotions and senses and beating them to a pulp while going to a place sonically that’s essentially been untouched by its peers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With From Parts Unknown, Every Time I Die have hit the Ultimate Splash on its competition, absolutely cementing its legacy as one of the greatest heavy bands of our generation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of his idiosyncratic creative mind with his highly personal and conflicted lyrics has resulted in something spectacular.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    True to its name, this record is one of the finest debut pop-punk records of the last five years and easily among the top tier for the genre this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Clark's most daring, uncompromising, infectious, and adventurous release yet, as St. Vicent features a musician challenging the very idea of what it means to be an artist in 2014.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Run The Jewels 2 is the logical follow up to Run The Jewels; it's bigger, bolder, and feels like a punch to the gut that you'll be feeling for weeks.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Waking Season is the most dynamic and affecting record of this year and probably last year (too lazy to look).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From front to back, Holy Vacants is a visceral, fist-pumping cornucopia of rage, terror, disappointment and instability.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The band has sprinted forward and earned an Olympic title of the "P" word. I Was Trying to Describe You To Someone is going to turn heads and only gain more respect and fans in the process.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although The Greatest Story Never Told almost never saw the light of day, Saigon is an artist that needs to be on every hip-hop head's radar if he isn't already.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Memorial is arguably Russian Circles' best work to date. It's certainly debatable, but this is undeniably an staggeringly strong output for a band on their fifth release.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Absent Sounds is one of those records where favorite songs change by the hour. And it’s also a record that understands your perceived meaning is the most important one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So sit back and grab a bag of popcorn, because Vacation is chock-full of aural acrobatics rolled up into its withered plaid sleeves. You just have to be daring enough to push that button.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Tame Impala have created a steady sophomore album.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    White Noise stands to be one of the most promising and impressive debut album of the year, but more than just deserving that title, it stands to be one of the best albums of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As daring as it is confident and poignant in its execution, this album captures both the Converge we know and love and a Converge we're not quite accustomed to--leaving us with an album arguably as striking and challenging as anything the band has done before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    No Devolucion is inventive, remarkable, and the first true masterpiece of 2011.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rooms Of The House is an album that refuses to be pigeonholed or boxed in by someone's standards of "what post-hardcore should be." Instead, La Dispute span multiple genres, tempos, and inspirations over the course of LP3, resulting in an album that's equally exhausting as it is enchanting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Cadillactica very rarely falls short of its goals, and the few throwaway tracks are unobtrusive enough to not take anything away from the record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Helplessness Blues is one of the few things reminding me that behind the liquor stores and condominiums is a little freedom and a lot of hope.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The perfect album, albums with no filler, albums that when over, leave you breathless and don't inspire you to want more music from the band, but make you want to listen to the album from the start, all over again; m b v is that album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Painted, Narrows sophomore release isn't just a bunch of vets attempting a comeback, they're showing listeners why their names are already synonymous within the scene to begin with.