Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 618 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 89% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 11% 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 618
618 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bon Iver, Bon Iver is Vernon's triumphant re-emergence from those lonely woods back into the world.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As listeners, as fans of music, we've already hit the lottery here.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is my firm belief that The Greatest Generation has no real precedent in this community.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This album is going to be important for a number of reasons, but above all, it's going to be important because it is a great album. Very few people in the realm of pop music, if anyone, take risks like this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Musically and lyrically, The Age of Adz is exhilarating, challenging, and thought-provoking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    This is the best record released so far this year, and there very likely will not be one that can top it.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    No Devolucion is inventive, remarkable, and the first true masterpiece of 2011.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Is Survived By is a genuine, life-affirming piece of art that’ll move even the blackest of souls.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Walker has truly outdone himself with an album that captures all the nuances that made "Letters And Meadows" shine, and extracts them bit by bit to give every individual track its own breath.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Shad's most recent album, 2010's TSOL, builds right where The Old Prince left off, and is even more impressive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Their talented musicianship signals they are out of step with their peers experimentally as grindcore architects; likewise, Darker Handcraft will trap you easily in frenetic whiplash mode.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In a year that's produced an overwhelming amount of great music, Simple Math is another outstanding painting worth the public's attention.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As the record comes to a close, it's impossible not to note the true creativity exerted throughout the entirety of Codes and Keys.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With their third full-length, The Wonder Years have made a record that's as timeless as they come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It'll be difficult to find many albums that can top the type of creativity Odd Soul contains, making it one of the essential must-have albums of 2011.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Maccabees have returned as a highly evolved beast more than ready to be released into the wild world.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is something that has no expiration date.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the bold, adventurous and grandiose album that the Top 40 charts needs right now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bigger, badder, and louder than ever, Ex Lives will go down as the definitive Every Time I Die record.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Where When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes was safe at times and perhaps slightly predictable, Southern Air keeps listeners intrigued and invested throughout. This is the best pop-punk album of 2012.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The album lives up to its title in every way and should prove essential for old and new fans alike.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is a truly magnificent record, and I think it’s going to end up being the album for which we remember Vampire Weekend.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    These songs aren’t just lovelorn poetry or odes of heartbreak; they’re full stories, five-minute films, expansive novels written in staves, rests, and music notes for the rest of us to bleed to.
    • 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,
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    [The songs] are nothing short of radiant, from the perfect vocals to the organic, full-bodied arrangements, from the heart-rending lyrics to the way that producer Charlie Peacock surrounds everything in a smoky ambiance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This album is more than just an album-of-the-year candidate, this is a disc that is far-reaching, endlessly appealing and as strong as anything that's been released in the Americana genre in the last half-decade.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, this record already feels timeless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    They’ve re-affirmed their place as one of the best bands in the world and have created an album that is insightful, emotional, fun and just damn amazing.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The title track kicks things off with a familiar formula, with ghostly vocal samples and static noise building into a beat that kicks off, and from there things start to feel a little less familiar than they have in the past.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Place A Wilhelm Scream into whatever brand of punk genre there is, it doesn't matter. It is unquestionably the best album released this year in whatever genre you choose
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most unique, reflective, darkly humorous, and brilliant records to grace ears in a while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Diamond Eyes is full of layers and dimensions, making it an auditory treat that listeners will want to continue to indulge themselves in. This is an album you can blast from my car stereo and then later dissect through headphones.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While Flowers is a bit more reserved in his solo outing, Flamingo still retains a bit the thematic charm of a typical Killers album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The elements of the band complement each other instead of over-powering, thus making Ø (Disambiguation) brutally beautiful and instantly memorable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth doesn't just sound good, it grabs hold of every intricate audible sense in your nervous system for the entire journey of the album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Wasting Light isn't perfect, but its flaws are essential to its being.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's a take it or leave it, and for arguably the most consistent band in the scene over the last decade, Major/Minor is a triumph. What else and to whom do they need to prove anything anymore anyway?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    American Slang takes the best of what the band has shown they can do, and moves it into early '60's Motown, combining it with a rich Springsteen/Strummer sound (which is just how Fallon will always be; it works for him, get over it) over a soulful rhythm section, with sprinkles of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson in there for good measure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Jimmy Eat World have not just changed the game - they continue to reinvent and redevelop it entirely, each and every time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Hardcore Will Never Die has a good amount of brawn to it but ultimately falls into the category of breathtaking music that isn't made too often.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The themes present on Killing Time aren't too in-depth or out of the norm for what you might expect from Bayside, but this band has steadily improved on the lyrical front as it has released more music and Killing Time is no exemption from that rule.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From heartache and vulnerability through to acceptance and salvaging a friendship when all could have potentially been lost, who needs a plane to fly low when the detail and scenery on offer here in these forty minutes is already far more beautiful, dazzling, and effortlessly uplifting?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Timez Are Weird These Days is the perfect example of what London is capable of, snatching elements of popular music from across the decades to create a sound that's both nostalgic and refreshing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Timez Are Weird These Days is the perfect example of what London is capable of, snatching elements of popular music from across the decades to create a sound that's both nostalgic and refreshing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There's a determination in the undertone of the album. That determination in crafting of a band's best record to date, only covered by the confidence it lets off as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Employing help from not only Vernon, but also Norah Jones and Francis and the Lights among others, Voyageur is a true gem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Shields not only matches its predecessor in Grizzly Bear's back catalogue, but it exceeds it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Hayden has arguably crafted his finest album to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Inheritance is as strong an opening statement as any released this year and with it The Last Bison firmly cement themselves as a band to watch in 2013 and beyond.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Nothing Was The Same is the best Drake album yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Metropole is very close to being a masterpiece, falling just short of their own standard set by The Greatest Story Ever Told.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The album represents a triumph for Have a Nice Life after six years of mostly silence, and is a more-than-worthy follow-up to Deathconsciousness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Seahaven lost themselves at sea (figuratively) and emerged with the most surprising and refreshing album of 2014.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The complexities and dense topics still remain on Dinosaur, giving the album many layers for the listener to peel apart. Basically, My Dinosaur Life is the fusion of the best moments of Motion City Soundtrack's previous three albums and expanding on that, while maintaining all the uniqueness and quirks that fans love about the band.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Five Ghosts is the band's most consistent album yet, and their best since 2005's "Set Yourself On Fire."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Each and every song is a living, breathing entity, separate in their own way even as they meld into a single cohesive collection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    [The lyrics] carry a meaning that doesn't stop when the song does.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired is just completely enthralling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Though it can be long and drags at times (namely "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair") Pour Une Ame Souveraine is a compelling album and another notch on the belt of an artist who continues to pursue her own agenda.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Both daring and down right difficult to turn away, consider this among the band's finest work of their career thus far.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Brutalist Bricks sounds nothing like that at all. Ted Leo is still very much in his prime, and Bricks is as relevant (and as great) a record as you'll hear in 2010.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Heaven is Whenever, the most consistent band in rock and roll remains reliable, as The Hold Steady give their sound a fresh update while not straying too far from what makes them so endearing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though he's reluctant to vary his sound, the end results are far too magnetic, far too majestic and far too masterful to even allow a twinge of disappointment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP, he does more than just add to his collection of tunes--he reaffirms his commitment to expressing the human spirit. And as identifiers with that spirit, we lean forward, eager to hear more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sonic evolution of the group is remarkable, and the dark, introspective lyrics of Sykes will not only be cathartic for him, but for many.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mind-blowing and catchy, Black Up is an album too progressive to pass up. Get on this as soon as possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is all-at-once beautiful, infectious, impressive and brilliant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As a whole, Born and Raised is contrite, earnest and warm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transformative, entrancing and wholly confident, Sigh No More is head and shoulders above the competition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    2008's critically lauded "Devotion" set the band on a new path, landing them an opening spot for buzz band Grizzly Bear and winning the hearts of hipsters the world over. Teen Dream, however, takes things to a whole new level.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the disc starts off unhurried and threatens to dawdle, the gentle lilt of "Goodbye to the Ground," makes for one of Moorer's most creative efforts to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Wild Hunt, Swedish maestro Kristian Matsson once again constructs lively, emotional pieces with nothing more than his strangely authentic Southern drawl and nimble fingers. The lyrics are beyond superb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's certainly enough passion in Blue Sky Noise to show the masses where rock and roll and great songwriting can meet in a traditional compromise that everyone can enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the band's elements coalesce in a remarkably cohesive way to elicit the desired moods.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Paperboy has done it. I mean, I don't really know what he's done. He's made this album, Come and Get It, that truly stands in its own category in 2010.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fairly apparent throughout the album that Anberlin was definitely in their element, as Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place is exactly what mainstream music needed: a challenging and engaging rock and roll album anyone can relate to. Their songwriting and musicianship have never been better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Upon repeat listens, there's not one point of Halcyon Digest that feels like it was overly thought out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was obvious the writing for this album was at its earlier stages when Camu passed away, but the production does a very good job of making up for the low quality of the vocals. Fortunately, Camu's fantastic voice still breaks through. I love distorted, uneven recordings, but fans of cleaner audio work may be put off by the album's overall quality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They may not be quite as distraught as Smith was, and they certainly opt not to strum as fast as he did, but the shared sentiment is still there. And on The Unfazed, that sentiment carries a savory beauty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Valley is equally intimate and gorgeous as it is rough and realistic.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's doing more with less, on a level that simply demands attention. That, ladies and gentlemen, just might make Dawes something you'll pass on to your children.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If she maintains this faith in her abilities, her albums will continue to awe, inspire and provide tough competition for the rest of the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best thing about Lenses Alien: its incessant begging for you to spin it again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have the patience to wait and persevere until Paradise fully blossoms with you into something spectacular, rest assured, it will be a record that won't stop giving when it finally does.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a sense of urgency and maturity here that few in the genre will be able to replicate. So forget the throne, The Devil Wears Prada doesn't need it to prove that they've released the best metalcore album of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it was "the right way" or not, all of the days that we have waited for Neighborhoods have been well worth it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song on Soul Punk bleeds confidence and assurance--that these songs are what Patrick Stump is happy creating--music that he's proud of.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As one of the last big album releases to close out 2011, it's highly fitting that Ceremonials should be considered perhaps the most beautiful and absorbing of them all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It'll be difficult to find many albums (regardless of genre) that stimulates as many emotions as Camp. Years of hard work and perseverance from Glover has finally paid off and Camp is the culmination of all that, making this one of the best albums of 2011.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    During the 30 odd minutes of Avalanche United, you hear a revitalized band that's eager to take over the country and at the top of their game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uncompromising, gritty and intense.