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 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 709
709 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For near-perfectly executed indie-pop, we the lucky listeners don't have to wait for a "next time." Cults have struck gold the first time out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The Whole Love is much more encompassing of everything vital in the Wilco catalog, the twangy, the noisy, and yes, a little of the leisurely.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Indestructible Machine is the sound of promise, the sound of hope and ultimately the sound of something truly special unfolding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Garden Window shows how a band can be just as destructive without cranking ones volumes up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Young Guns are vastly talented and laden with armfuls of potential. One listen to Bones proves that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A genre-bending, head-turning collection that vaults ZBB to the top of the roots-rock pedestal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Hands Of Glory is yet another right step in a discography which is yet to falter or fail. This is as essential as a bits and bobs album comes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Their ventures paid off supremely, as One Life Stand is an enjoyable and captivating listen on every level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The end result is this expertly-crafted, inoffensive, hook-laden pop. Though it gets a bit silly in places, the core of this disc is far too good to pass up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Certainly, this is the band's greatest overall work since Recipe For Hate. It's tightly condensed, compellingly charming and whipsmart storytelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wreckorder is the sound of a songwriter firmly embodying the spirit of Britpop and testing himself. "Sing Me To Sleep," and "As It Comes," also point towards signs of maturation that were never seen in the Travis back catalog.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gutter Rainbows may be the most accessible and varied album in his discography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's good to listen to a record like The People's Key, if for no other reason, just to appreciate a songwriter who knew exactly what he wanted to do and executed it perfectly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Angles is the best Strokes album since their 2001 debut, and they still sound just as fresh and youthful as they did when they released that record.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    They have taken what they knew they were at good first time round, shed some of the cliche post rock elements and pressed on in a direction which at this stage in their career was perhaps a safer bet as opposed to trying something completely new, but it was the right bet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The way I see Torches, it's not so much music as a vehicle to convey their message, but more so just fun music for the sake of fun music, and well, you have to have lyrics, don't you?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    After we leave the forebodingly beautiful place of Little Hell one thing is certain--this is City and Colour's finest, most creative work to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Mirror Traffic, Malkmus's fifth post-Pavement album, is proof that the singer, now 45, hasn't lost an ounce of what made him an iconic figure in the '90s.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The instrumentation is luscious and variable, the harmonies are wonderful, the lyrics are solid and compelling for the most part, and with such a lovely blend of slower and up-tempo tracks to choose from, Overlook is something you definitely don't want to do in regards to what might just be considered Maria Taylor's finest solo effort to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tripper sounds like Hill and Seim naturally hashed some tunes out--just with some better years of experience behind them to reflect back on.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    So it is in just nine short songs, Kinsella has crafted something deeply resonant, deeply impacting and most importantly, timeless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The honesty behind Hello Sadness is remarkable and incredibly appealing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is Winterpills at their finest, this is Winterpills with a direction and a clear focus.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The quintet has a real pulse on how to be memorable, melodic and magnificent without sacrificing their defined visions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gallows will arguably divide the fanbase between a hint of less grit at times and a vocalist not quite harnessing the same volatile nature as before--therefore yielding what is arguably the band's most diverse record in terms of execution.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Waking Season is the most dynamic and affecting record of this year and probably last year (too lazy to look).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tapestry of Webs makes the band's debut EP seem like forgotten practice demos. Across the board, the album displays acts of jazz, salsa and anti-post-pop (if that's a word), and it all leaves the listener coming back for more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Now the experimentation with electric guitars, even more electronic sampling and a focus on vocalist Becky Jacobs has brought Tunng to a paradise of exceeded expectations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Volume Two is a showcase of Deschanel’s and Ward’s best traits--Ward’s production and composition and Deschanel’s intelligence and magnetism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The point is, there's nothing not to like about Shame, Shame unless you're looking for some inscrutable puzzle to solve. However, if you want something you can just sit back and soak up, well, missing this album would be the real shame.