Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 653 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 89% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 10% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.7 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 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 653
653 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On New Moon they take a wide range of sounds and somehow make them all their own, and if you can keep up with all the "genre-hopping," this is certain to be one of the most unique and interesting records you'll hear this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Wondrous Bughouse is a beautiful, experimental album that never forgets that above all, music is an art form and is meant to be experience as is film, art, or literature.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Give In is as strong an effort as any and the grand introduction of a first-rate new outfit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sempiternal is one of the most breathtaking and engaging albums of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many artists recording today who make songwriting seem more natural and effortless than Kurt Vile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the sound of a young band coming into their own unique musical niche and making the record they’ve been reaching for since they first hit the scene in 2009.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Migrant is Casey Crescenzo’s most accessible record ever, it’s also his most honest and real Dear Hunter LP yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a real dynamic arc here, not just for the album as a whole, but also within each and every individual song, and whether or not you’ve gravitated toward county music in the past, that unrivaled depth of passion makes this record an absolute essential.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Archambault’s vocal performance stronger than ever before, the band sounding fresh and the lyrics seemingly closing out this chapter in their career, Letters Home is one of the most thrilling albums they could have created.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an enchanting odyssey that is steeped in the tantalizing mysticism of the unknown.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than anything, Moving Mountains feels complete.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is what those album reviewers mean, when they talk about setting the bar high.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're willing to take the time and patience required to give this album the attention it really deserves, you'll find the rewards will exist long after you turn off the album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Danny Brown is taking the route everyone wants an artist to take: putting out forward thinking, self-expressing art that is setting the bar rather than merely attempting to reach it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it's all said and done, I have a feeling Jaar's solo career won't be the only thing he's known for, as Psychic has put Darkside up there with some of the best groups making music today.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wherever you place Adult Film in the Kasher canon, it’s hard to deny that it’s one of the best albums of the year, and arguably his most versatile yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s easily his most exhilarating and challenging record to date, keeping you on your toes throughout by juxtaposing subdued verses with huge, soaring choruses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues has an universal appeal that will resonate with anyone.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want a refreshing, imaginative, heartfelt record which manages to be fun and emotional at once, So Long, See You Tomorrow provides everything you could want. Bombay Bicycle Club are the best at what they do.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kozelek’s rich, detailed lyrics here are revelatory, and the way he delivers them, in his sad, low, heartrending baritone, is nothing short of entrancing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ostensibly an album about finding hope and navigating through the pathways of solace, Augustines is a shimmering, first-rate slice of pensive and passionate indie-rock.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is as good as any album post-punk/garage rock has produced in quite some time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One man’s suffering becomes our communal celebration, so to speak. It's a fine role for one of the year's best albums to play.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ledges is the kind of record that sounds great from the very first listen, but over time, as Gundersen’s words begin to cut deeper and take root, it transcends the mere prettiness that is so often the bread and butter of singer/songwriter records.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call it a triumph is putting it mildly. Lucky is a clarion call to contemporary country music, a beacon of hope that proves just how much can be accomplished with just a voice and a vision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's incredibly insular and sure of itself, but it's also smartly innovative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily his best album to date, Till Midnight is a beacon of a record that will be looked at fondly come year’s end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Rented World may not offer the thematic comforts that fans of Impossible Past will be searching for, the album is stacked from top to bottom with can’t-miss tracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily digestible, wholeheartedly inoffensive and very much DIY, this is an album that makes the forty minutes more than worth the investment. If only every disc could be this much fun.