Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 661 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 Yeezus
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 661
661 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It doesn't take a biological science major to realize that this album is very well worth listening to regardless of whether you're a seasoned veteran of The Amory Wars storyline or you've never even heard of Coheed & Cambria.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's the ambiguity of styles, the insistence on bringing the listener along for a journey, that makes Total Life Forever such an endlessly interesting statement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trash Talk have stepped up with their new album. While many are still getting turned on by the word of mouth of the band's live outlet of aggressive showmanship, Eyes and Nines also shows that heart shouldn't be lost on the idea of moving forward as an artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With its laid-back atmosphere and relevant lyricism, Thank Me Later is a hip-hop album that successfully balances commercialism with art.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The regression in complexity seems to underscore the band's endorsement of arrested development as the secret to eternal youth. Their perpetual glee suggests that maybe they're onto something.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's evident from the musicianship, from the instrumentation, from the lyrics, and from the vocal delivery that Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me is a record of progression and refinement; released halfway through 2011, it will go down among the best of the heavy hitters this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With Leveler, August Burns Red stays true to their sound while remaining fresh. The 12 tracks contain new dynamics and elements that are sure to please old and new fans alike, while Jake Luhrs' performance places him to the very top of best vocalists within the genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So sit back and grab a bag of popcorn, because Vacation is chock-full of aural acrobatics rolled up into its withered plaid sleeves. You just have to be daring enough to push that button.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's one of the most organic and genuine albums of 2011.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, People and Things hits home as an almost surprisingly diverse record from Jack's Mannequin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though it is probably not Coldplay's best, it is indeed a memorable listen and another chapter for a band whose place in rock music is firmly cemented.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tarot Classics so efficiently sets to buoyant, energetic music a viewpoint that is not only discontent but increasingly disinterested. And it's all somewhat hidden, because party tunes these can still be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, the EP works wonders, given largely to the fact that it contains unreleased tracks from sessions of the band's greatest, most straightforward work to date.