Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 617 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 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Handwritten
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 617
617 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.