Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 738 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Strange Trails
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 738
738 music reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Agitations makes wrecking balls out of playground jacks in that it uses the same amount of destructive velocity as it does stimulate youth.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Take Care does a beautiful job of giving Drake the best group of features that complement his style while rarely outshining him.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A Flash Flood of Colour is daring, thought provoking, and utterly unpredictable, making it the first bold record of 2012 and Enter Shikari's defining moment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The sincerity displayed by Green throughout just makes it very easy for any listener to be fully transfixed by Beautiful Things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Like a rare, truly-great creepshow, it's the type of harrowing ride I want to experience again and again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Animal Joy represents a remarkable band in their prime of their career and is a stunning success on every level.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wide-ranging, engrossing and incredibly powerful it represents a new height for a band who has hinted at towering heights before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Anarchy, My Dear is a record that promises that anything could happen at anytime, and Bemis and company do their very best to shake up what has been expected from them as a band.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Our Home is a Deathbed is not only a vulnerable record lyrically, but also for its time and place in the current hardcore scene as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Heady Fwends, rather inexplicably, plays much like a proper follow-up to their 2009 mindfuck Embryonic, and their ability not only to bring a project like this together at all, but to make it work so cohesively and effectively, is as strong a testament as any to their genius.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While not every song is up to a "Moves Like Jagger" or "Payphone" standard hook-wise, the co-writers and producers never stopped breaking into new grounds for the band throughout the record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While mewithoutYou is still as ambiguous as ever with their music, they've never been as creative and daring as they are on Ten Stories.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is necessary listening for the carefree weeks before school picks up again in the fall, and it's a record you'll end up holding near throughout the entire semester and then some.