Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 714 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 88% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 11% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Afraid Of Ghosts
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 714
714 music reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Nothing continues the trend of unique and fun music the N.E.R.D. name has become synonymous with.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Overall The Fire is the essential Senses Fail record to own. Time and time again, Senses Fail proves that whatever doesn't kill only makes you stronger.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Much like the band's discography in general, Little Joy is new pair of shoes you have to comfortably break into. Best played as background for a while, you'll find yourself losing track of your tasks and picking out some beloved tracks and parts in time.
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    • 81 Critic Score
    On their second go-around, the production is a lot cleaner and the transitions move a lot smoother.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    There will surely be those who really want to hate Pedals, and they won't have any difficulty finding justification for their scorn within the album's ten tracks. Nonetheless, it's a winning return, though perhaps not entirely worth the wait.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As far as comebacks go, you can't ask for much more than the sturdy set of vibrant pop songs The Feelies have bestowed upon us.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
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    Don't worry about your legacy Beyonce;4 has solidified your already stable position as pop's queen, and I don't think anyone will forget your name for quite some time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Lyrically, Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic have never been stronger, and they play off each other with a unique composure that's rare nowadays. The production from track to track varies enough to keep things interesting, but it unfortunately begins to bleed together after multiple listens. Still, Are You Gonna Eat That? is an amazing return to the scene for both artists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Once you let it sink in that this isn't the same band from the early aughts, then you can start to appreciate Taking Back Sunday as a solid rock record – their best in 7 years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Exmilitary is an abrasive and traumatic ordeal, rife with production that's on-point but completely jarring at the same time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Shed is the right album for those who don't want their pop-punk bands opting for breakdowns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's nice to have a few good new tracks to add to the collection from one of the scene's finest.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Nothing, and nobody, is broken beyond repair, and Unbroken showcases that beautifully.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Spills Out is a satisfying album that puts a unique spin on otherwise trite indie-pop touchstones and a marriage of dissonance and charm seamless enough that, at times, it's almost difficult to tell one from the other.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Myth seems like one of those albums that can really thrive in a post-critical world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    So while the disc may not his best album, it is still one that makes you think and challenges you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Isis' Temporal is an honest and respectable attempt to not only chronicle their career perhaps intrigue a few more people in the process.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    In rippling the delving guitars and gripping drums with a tenacity that is tough to deny, The Acacia Strain find themselves again with just the right recipe--giving us a much more concentrated opportunity for catharsis in the key of anger.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While armfuls of musicians can sing songs and sound entirely forced, insincere and phony, Potts is blessed in that every word he sings sounds authentic, honest and direct. In a musical landscape chock full of Auto-Tune and feigned emotion, a disc like this is certainly something to champion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phantogram have put forth a collection of heady and stimulating songs primed for in-the-dark listening.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, Pigeons is also delicate, but it does much more than shimmer and sound pretty. The rhythm section takes a huge step forward, the arrangements are more varied and robust, and there are countless actual hooks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hurley is a reminder of why we fell in love with Weezer in the first place--the power-pop anthems, grungy rock songs, the gawd-awful yet quirky lyrics--it's all here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Plant sounds more comfortable in this genre than he has on any of his past solo albums.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So even when he's writing winning pop anthems, Page One, ultimately becomes a mirror to his personal life: brilliant, impassioned and articulate, yet undeniably hinged to hiccups, pitfalls and moments of sheer idiocy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although The Greatest Story Never Told almost never saw the light of day, Saigon is an artist that needs to be on every hip-hop head's radar if he isn't already.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is a great start for anyone who leans on the more accessible sides of ambient/indie music.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing I want to do at the end of Vices & Virtues is hear it all over again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While overall House of Balloons carries a chilling vibe, it proceeds to rock the listener with exciting tempos and relaxing melodies that intertwine to form a beautiful piece of art.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once the initial shock of hearing this Mazes' brand of distorted but highly melodic rock wore off, it gave way to pure delight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The resulting songs sway in and out pleasantly, but are too often as easy on the brain as they are the ears.