Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 703 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 703
703 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Hayden has arguably crafted his finest album to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Inheritance is as strong an opening statement as any released this year and with it The Last Bison firmly cement themselves as a band to watch in 2013 and beyond.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Nothing Was The Same is the best Drake album yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Metropole is very close to being a masterpiece, falling just short of their own standard set by The Greatest Story Ever Told.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The album represents a triumph for Have a Nice Life after six years of mostly silence, and is a more-than-worthy follow-up to Deathconsciousness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Seahaven lost themselves at sea (figuratively) and emerged with the most surprising and refreshing album of 2014.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Self-production is no small feat, but with years of experience, they made an impeccable sounding record.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    You Will Eventually Be Forgotten is easily one of the best albums of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The complexities and dense topics still remain on Dinosaur, giving the album many layers for the listener to peel apart. Basically, My Dinosaur Life is the fusion of the best moments of Motion City Soundtrack's previous three albums and expanding on that, while maintaining all the uniqueness and quirks that fans love about the band.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Five Ghosts is the band's most consistent album yet, and their best since 2005's "Set Yourself On Fire."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Each and every song is a living, breathing entity, separate in their own way even as they meld into a single cohesive collection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    [The lyrics] carry a meaning that doesn't stop when the song does.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is just completely enthralling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Though it can be long and drags at times (namely "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair") Pour Une Ame Souveraine is a compelling album and another notch on the belt of an artist who continues to pursue her own agenda.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Both daring and down right difficult to turn away, consider this among the band's finest work of their career thus far.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Brutalist Bricks sounds nothing like that at all. Ted Leo is still very much in his prime, and Bricks is as relevant (and as great) a record as you'll hear in 2010.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Heaven is Whenever, the most consistent band in rock and roll remains reliable, as The Hold Steady give their sound a fresh update while not straying too far from what makes them so endearing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though he's reluctant to vary his sound, the end results are far too magnetic, far too majestic and far too masterful to even allow a twinge of disappointment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP, he does more than just add to his collection of tunes--he reaffirms his commitment to expressing the human spirit. And as identifiers with that spirit, we lean forward, eager to hear more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sonic evolution of the group is remarkable, and the dark, introspective lyrics of Sykes will not only be cathartic for him, but for many.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mind-blowing and catchy, Black Up is an album too progressive to pass up. Get on this as soon as possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is all-at-once beautiful, infectious, impressive and brilliant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As a whole, Born and Raised is contrite, earnest and warm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transformative, entrancing and wholly confident, Sigh No More is head and shoulders above the competition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    2008's critically lauded "Devotion" set the band on a new path, landing them an opening spot for buzz band Grizzly Bear and winning the hearts of hipsters the world over. Teen Dream, however, takes things to a whole new level.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the disc starts off unhurried and threatens to dawdle, the gentle lilt of "Goodbye to the Ground," makes for one of Moorer's most creative efforts to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Wild Hunt, Swedish maestro Kristian Matsson once again constructs lively, emotional pieces with nothing more than his strangely authentic Southern drawl and nimble fingers. The lyrics are beyond superb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's certainly enough passion in Blue Sky Noise to show the masses where rock and roll and great songwriting can meet in a traditional compromise that everyone can enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the band's elements coalesce in a remarkably cohesive way to elicit the desired moods.