Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 677 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 677
677 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a solid debut effort and one that never spares on electronic dramatics and an extensive array of far-ranging ideas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    When the band puts their best foot forward ("Monkey Riches," "Father Time," "Applesauce," "Mercury Man," and "Pulleys,") they sound like an outfit deserving of all the hype and praise bestowed upon them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It might take a moment to sink in, but the return of Verse to both touring and recording has reaped its most challenging disc to date--leaving us with something to cherish and consider in the process.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Just Be Free is a wonderfully functional album, displaying Queen Freedia at her very best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As you might imagine, it's yet another interpretation of classic surf-rock, but as crowded as this scene seems to have gotten lately, most of its practitioners do the style quite well. Surfer Blood are no exception, and their varied approach makes for an intriguing album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    While sticking to his A-game has served him well so far, it's worth noting that the songs themselves just aren't quite as resonant this time out, resulting in an album that's merely very good instead of incredible.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Nothing continues the trend of unique and fun music the N.E.R.D. name has become synonymous with.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Overall The Fire is the essential Senses Fail record to own. Time and time again, Senses Fail proves that whatever doesn't kill only makes you stronger.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Much like the band's discography in general, Little Joy is new pair of shoes you have to comfortably break into. Best played as background for a while, you'll find yourself losing track of your tasks and picking out some beloved tracks and parts in time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    There will surely be those who really want to hate Pedals, and they won't have any difficulty finding justification for their scorn within the album's ten tracks. Nonetheless, it's a winning return, though perhaps not entirely worth the wait.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As far as comebacks go, you can't ask for much more than the sturdy set of vibrant pop songs The Feelies have bestowed upon us.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
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    Don't worry about your legacy Beyonce;4 has solidified your already stable position as pop's queen, and I don't think anyone will forget your name for quite some time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Lyrically, Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic have never been stronger, and they play off each other with a unique composure that's rare nowadays. The production from track to track varies enough to keep things interesting, but it unfortunately begins to bleed together after multiple listens. Still, Are You Gonna Eat That? is an amazing return to the scene for both artists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Once you let it sink in that this isn't the same band from the early aughts, then you can start to appreciate Taking Back Sunday as a solid rock record – their best in 7 years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Exmilitary is an abrasive and traumatic ordeal, rife with production that's on-point but completely jarring at the same time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Shed is the right album for those who don't want their pop-punk bands opting for breakdowns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's nice to have a few good new tracks to add to the collection from one of the scene's finest.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Nothing, and nobody, is broken beyond repair, and Unbroken showcases that beautifully.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Spills Out is a satisfying album that puts a unique spin on otherwise trite indie-pop touchstones and a marriage of dissonance and charm seamless enough that, at times, it's almost difficult to tell one from the other.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Myth seems like one of those albums that can really thrive in a post-critical world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    So while the disc may not his best album, it is still one that makes you think and challenges you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Isis' Temporal is an honest and respectable attempt to not only chronicle their career perhaps intrigue a few more people in the process.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    In rippling the delving guitars and gripping drums with a tenacity that is tough to deny, The Acacia Strain find themselves again with just the right recipe--giving us a much more concentrated opportunity for catharsis in the key of anger.