Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 811 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Harmlessness
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 811
811 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.
    • 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
    mewithoutYou have done something that feels nearly impossible with Pale Horses, and that’s recreate themselves without losing what made them interesting. It’s so effortless that it’s hard not to wonder if a higher power was involved.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Light, more than anything I've heard lately, sounds complete and self-contained, and like most of the TV on the Radio catalog, it largely transcends genre. No other context is necessary. Nine Types of Light simply is what it is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What sets Fucked Up's new album aside from their previous records though is the accessibility and bright tone throughout.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Failed States is the band's best release to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Upon repeat listens, there's not one point of Halcyon Digest that feels like it was overly thought out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The twin sisters have pushed themselves creatively and musically, creating something truly special.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Comprised of many songs he has tucked away for years, the album is everything one might expect from a Gibbard solo album: daring, delicate, verbose and indelible.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While it may lack the immediate magnetism of Weathervanes, there's plenty of reasons to think when all is said and done, Diluvia will be the album that carries them forward and cements their status as one of New York City's most creative and rewarding indie bands.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Those who enjoy seeking out the layers of composition and the finest of details will no doubt appreciate and gravitate towards a record as expertly crafted as this.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The genius of Lights Out is that it packs a punch without any gimmicks.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Dormarion is one of the most eclectic, fun records of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s an intelligent, creative, and engaging album. It’s a blast to listen to, too.