Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 709 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 Handwritten
Lowest review score: 5 V
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 709
709 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Save Your Breath have released one of the best albums in the genre this year and one of the only ones I think can truly be called a throwback to its golden age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Cult unleashes some of the band's tastiest riffs and strongest songs yet while broadening Bayside's musical palate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The album is, on face value, yet another rap record about the artists success in overcoming the hobbling obstacles of the drug industry. Stale as the concept is, Future breathes life into it by twisting it into his own image and owning it fully.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Nikki-Nack is an outstanding successor to W h o k i l l and the year’s most memorable pop album yet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's no real logical conclusion as to what it all means, and The Roots understand that. That's part of why they made the album so short; so that you can put the time in and come to a conclusion yourself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Once More 'Round the Sun is the band's most accessible record yet in a lot of ways. The choruses are catchier, the guitar solos are flashier, and the production, while not too overdone, isn't too raw to leave any recognizable barrier to entry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Lese Majesty is an entirely different beast than Black Up, and the group manages to continue sticking out in the hip-hop world for their incomparable creativity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
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    A tangle of influences and contemporaries; yet she manages to keep space in which her frail breath of a singing voice can survive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Her melodies are always on point and her voice is as strong and confident as ever, a very large and noticeable step up from the teenage True Romance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The palpably effervescent joy of Rae Sremmurd feels untainted by the ills of reality and stands against a backdrop of contemporaries like Shmurda and Chief Keef who use their as a way of combating the grim reality of inner city rot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    They accomplished their mission. They made a record that doesn't have one radio hit, let alone a single and yet is stronger than their previous efforts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Pyramid of the Sun not only remedies the sporadic deficiencies of Inventions for the New Season, it does proud the legacies of Jerry Fuchs and Manuel Gottsching; it also serves as both a challenge and heuristic experience for the alarmingly proliferating post-rock contingent.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If I had to describe Scurrilous in one word, it would be indulgent, and that's not a bad thing. When you have this much talent, I want to hear it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    We Do What We Want is far from perfect – the track sequencing is awkward and doesn't feature the technicality of previous albums (this is where they really miss Shelton) – it is still unlike any other Emery release.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While Goblin is a slow, 75-minute mental breakdown of Tyler, Blackenedwhite is a brisk, crisp, and energetic hip-hop record, clocking in at barely 30 minutes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Jayhawks are still crafting music that should be emulated. And that in and of itself is why Mockingbird Time is worth its 50 minutes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Hollandaze is a compelling enough release on feel alone, an album that smartly incorporates a subtle sense of tension, preventing its gauzy textures from devolving into directionless bliss-outs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    There's much to like about Office of Future Plans, though I suspect its appeal beyond being a throwback to the golden age of angst-ridden but pop-sensible rock music may be rather limited.
    • 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.