Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 704 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 Keep You
Lowest review score: 5 V
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 704
704 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does Flies In All Directions combine the best elements of American Art and The Cosmic Drama, it exceeds them, resulting in what's bound to a genre-defining staple for years to come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fullbright’s first record, From the Ground Up, scored a surprise Grammy nomination in the Americana category two years ago, but don’t be surprised when Songs starts topping EOTY lists in December.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band has continued to expand and refine their ADD-riddle pop-punk into something more substantial and LP3 chronicles the growth in songwriting while maintaining the spastic charm of the band's earlier releases.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prawn have shaped themselves into a band who offer more than lyrics, but counseling. And Kingfisher is catharsis created not through grit, but melody.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In between, we get plenty of striking melodies, at least a dozen quotable lyrics (“Tomorrow’s the name we changed from yesterday to blame when the train just don’t stop here anymore” is an instant Duritz classic), and an arrangement that shows off the Crows at their loosest and most vibrant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a record full of beauty and heartache, confidence and fear, and these ends pull at each other for one of the most captivating records to come out this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rice hasn’t changed his sound much, but his writing is still every bit as visceral as it always has been, and his long-awaited third album, called My Favourite Faded Fantasy, absolutely lives up to the legacy of his previous work.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The decision not to focus on immediate pop hooks is really a blessing, though, as this album showcases Spoon at their loosest and most diverse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's not extraordinarily original, but they do a masterful job at piecing together classic pop elements in an incredibly thoughtful and enjoyable way, crafting an album that's sure to please indie snobs, pop purists and, well, anyone else who might be listening.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Right from the start with opener "Lion Face Boy", Seabear bring you in and captivate you for the entirety of We Built A Fire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you dig songs with twang, Here's to Taking It Easy is as tuneful and affecting a set of them as you're likely to come across.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Forceful is just what is capturing about Treats. It is what makes it so hardcore to the bone. Miller puts together gritty guitar licks and hammering beats worthy of an opening slot with Ghengis Tron in my eyes and matches it to the beautiful, yet aggressive sound of Krauss' mouth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Truth be told, it never feels completely on-target, however it's hardly inept - just a touch disjointed. For every minor imperfection, listeners are rewarded with boosts of adrenaline from the bludgeoning opening track "Deafening" and breakneck "Dear Enemy."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Though it is lengthy and a lot to sit through--more than 70 minutes of music--there seems little reason to think this won't catapult Arcade Fire to even greater heights.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    On The King is Dead, The Decemberists decided to fully immerse themselves in a style they've flirted with for years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Almost two decades later, and they prove why everyone continues to keep tabs and standards for not only the band, but everyone around trying to live up to the influence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Welcome to The Low Anthem's Smart Flesh, where folk music doesn't need to be reinvented for it to come alive – just performed. If you're looking for a solid folk spooker to open the year, your search ends here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes isn't Yellowcard's best work, as Paper Walls still retains that title in my mind, but it's exactly the album that fans should be hoping for.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Frank Turner definitely does whatever he wants, and he's a lot better at it than I am at pretty much everything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    England, Keep My Bones is Turner's most emphatic success and the best singer/songwriter album that will be released in 2011.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    What's fascinating about The Color Spectrum (and easily comparable to a contemporary like The Alchemy Index) is how expansive the quality of the records are in their execution.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Annie Clark stands out with her work because she is one of the few artists that can take something mournful and make it jarring yet angelic all at once.