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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily his best album to date, Till Midnight is a beacon of a record that will be looked at fondly come year’s end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call it a triumph is putting it mildly. Lucky is a clarion call to contemporary country music, a beacon of hope that proves just how much can be accomplished with just a voice and a vision.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it's all said and done, I have a feeling Jaar's solo career won't be the only thing he's known for, as Psychic has put Darkside up there with some of the best groups making music today.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sempiternal is one of the most breathtaking and engaging albums of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seeker Lover Keeper is a beautiful, harmonious and captivating listen from start to finish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Rented World may not offer the thematic comforts that fans of Impossible Past will be searching for, the album is stacked from top to bottom with can’t-miss tracks.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is what those album reviewers mean, when they talk about setting the bar high.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than anything, Moving Mountains feels complete.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battle Born is the kind of rock 'n' roll record that almost nobody makes anymore: it's bombastic and excessive and oversized, but it's also a grand and universal statement, a master class of album structure and sequencing, and a culmination of everything Brandon Flowers and The Killers have done up to this point.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallon's story is far from finished. This guy is one of the best songwriters of his generation, in any genre, and if his future albums--solo or not--are as full of pleasures as Painkillers, we have nothing to worry about
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prawn have shaped themselves into a band who offer more than lyrics, but counseling. And Kingfisher is catharsis created not through grit, but melody.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ledges is the kind of record that sounds great from the very first listen, but over time, as Gundersen’s words begin to cut deeper and take root, it transcends the mere prettiness that is so often the bread and butter of singer/songwriter records.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of his idiosyncratic creative mind with his highly personal and conflicted lyrics has resulted in something spectacular.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, The xx have created an album that is just as interesting, attractive and sexy as it could possibly be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What a remarkable debut it is: artists rarely arrive this fully formed, this self-assured, or this seasoned in their craft.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You're going to need more than a few listens to truly sink your teeth into the meaty layers and themes, but once you get it, you'll find that this is one of the most rewarding albums of 2012.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fullbright’s first record, From the Ground Up, scored a surprise Grammy nomination in the Americana category two years ago, but don’t be surprised when Songs starts topping EOTY lists in December.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not all slow and mid-tempo numbers that litter the forty-five minute duration of The Slideshow Effect. There are also moments where the band is unafraid to lift the urgency, to create a semblance of sustained momentum, and to incorporate a few timely hooks and memorable melodies along the way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Wondrous Bughouse is a beautiful, experimental album that never forgets that above all, music is an art form and is meant to be experience as is film, art, or literature.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On New Moon they take a wide range of sounds and somehow make them all their own, and if you can keep up with all the "genre-hopping," this is certain to be one of the most unique and interesting records you'll hear this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their Bloodshot Records debut, the sextet have stepped up their game and have announced themselves as one of 2015's most important alt-country efforts.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Give In is as strong an effort as any and the grand introduction of a first-rate new outfit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.