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
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best thing about Lenses Alien: its incessant begging for you to spin it again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's incredibly insular and sure of itself, but it's also smartly innovative.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an enchanting odyssey that is steeped in the tantalizing mysticism of the unknown.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ostensibly an album about finding hope and navigating through the pathways of solace, Augustines is a shimmering, first-rate slice of pensive and passionate indie-rock.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    White Noise stands to be one of the most promising and impressive debut album of the year, but more than just deserving that title, it stands to be one of the best albums of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, I don't know exactly where I'd rank Koi No Yokan--somewhere in the top three, but really it's not important. What's important is that this is a f***ing great album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The duo shows an uncanny ability to write engaging pop nuggets.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wherever you place Adult Film in the Kasher canon, it’s hard to deny that it’s one of the best albums of the year, and arguably his most versatile yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're willing to take the time and patience required to give this album the attention it really deserves, you'll find the rewards will exist long after you turn off the album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We Don't Even Live Here is the weirdest, angriest, and best P.O.S album to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twelve Years is a record that can and should become the soundtrack to many a young person's life in 2012.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The musicianship and songwriting is easily on par with Magic and exceeds the output on Working On A Dream, and as a whole, Wrecking Ball stacks up considerably with The Rising, which to this day I consider a top-5 Springsteen album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The heart and intent behind the lyrics and music, the effort so clearly put forth is what is supposed to translate and it does. Most of the growth on this record comes in the form of more textured and dynamic instrumentals, and glossy, but not necessarily overtly “made for radio” production.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Archambault’s vocal performance stronger than ever before, the band sounding fresh and the lyrics seemingly closing out this chapter in their career, Letters Home is one of the most thrilling albums they could have created.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the band's elements coalesce in a remarkably cohesive way to elicit the desired moods.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s easily his most exhilarating and challenging record to date, keeping you on your toes throughout by juxtaposing subdued verses with huge, soaring choruses.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily digestible, wholeheartedly inoffensive and very much DIY, this is an album that makes the forty minutes more than worth the investment. If only every disc could be this much fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues has an universal appeal that will resonate with anyone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uncompromising, gritty and intense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want a refreshing, imaginative, heartfelt record which manages to be fun and emotional at once, So Long, See You Tomorrow provides everything you could want. Bombay Bicycle Club are the best at what they do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a record full of beauty and heartache, confidence and fear, and these ends pull at each other for one of the most captivating records to come out this year.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Valley is equally intimate and gorgeous as it is rough and realistic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transformative, entrancing and wholly confident, Sigh No More is head and shoulders above the competition.
    • 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.
    • 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.