Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 655 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 655
655 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is my firm belief that The Greatest Generation has no real precedent in this community.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is just completely enthralling.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is exactly as advertised: it's a journey through West's deepest thoughts, showcasing all the facets to his persona (from his bravado to his insecurities) over a pristine collection of all his signature sounds.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One Wing is equal parts raw, deranged, beautiful, and immense--it's a very primal and exhausting release; something you can feel pouring out of your speakers.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is something that has no expiration date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's bold, intelligent, and demanding--taking all your emotions and senses and beating them to a pulp while going to a place sonically that’s essentially been untouched by its peers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With From Parts Unknown, Every Time I Die have hit the Ultimate Splash on its competition, absolutely cementing its legacy as one of the greatest heavy bands of our generation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of his idiosyncratic creative mind with his highly personal and conflicted lyrics has resulted in something spectacular.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just like the three-eyed beast that graces the cover, Wolverines is a mean and lean punk rock record that sets the bar once again.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The band has sprinted forward and earned an Olympic title of the "P" word. I Was Trying to Describe You To Someone is going to turn heads and only gain more respect and fans in the process.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The EP is five songs of huge, intricate, explosive guitar work, thumping drums that refuse to take a rest, Day and O'Connor's signature call-and-return vocals, the occasional necessary breakdown and gang vocal portion, and the catchiest choruses FYS has ever penned.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Memorial is arguably Russian Circles' best work to date. It's certainly debatable, but this is undeniably an staggeringly strong output for a band on their fifth release.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As daring as it is confident and poignant in its execution, this album captures both the Converge we know and love and a Converge we're not quite accustomed to--leaving us with an album arguably as striking and challenging as anything the band has done before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    No Devolucion is inventive, remarkable, and the first true masterpiece of 2011.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rooms Of The House is an album that refuses to be pigeonholed or boxed in by someone's standards of "what post-hardcore should be." Instead, La Dispute span multiple genres, tempos, and inspirations over the course of LP3, resulting in an album that's equally exhausting as it is enchanting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Helplessness Blues is one of the few things reminding me that behind the liquor stores and condominiums is a little freedom and a lot of hope.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The perfect album, albums with no filler, albums that when over, leave you breathless and don't inspire you to want more music from the band, but make you want to listen to the album from the start, all over again; m b v is that album.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Painted, Narrows sophomore release isn't just a bunch of vets attempting a comeback, they're showing listeners why their names are already synonymous within the scene to begin with.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Make Do And Mend has released the best album of their young career and one of the essential, must-have albums of 2012.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its a testament to the fact that Tim Hecker is one of the best artists making music today, constantly pushing his sound to new heights while keep his signature style at the core of it all.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Random Access Memories is teeming with life, and the multitude of genres presented as well as the production choices of the duo help the album deliver on its promise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Is Survived By is a genuine, life-affirming piece of art that’ll move even the blackest of souls.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bon Iver, Bon Iver is Vernon's triumphant re-emergence from those lonely woods back into the world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Given the proper attention and respect, Letlive's The Blackest Beautiful will reveal itself as a masterpiece--a record that will redefine your musical preconceptions and tastes for the better,