Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,655 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Indestructible
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,655 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ambitiousness, imagination and craftsmanship on display place Weightless in a class all of its own, stridently redefining the parameters of heavy music in 2011,. [Dec 2011, p.120]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enter Shikari prove that they have something substantial to say and a creative way of saying it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still loud, but he's trusting his songcraft and producing more sinister, elusive and substantial music. [Feb 2012, p.80]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Iron Balls Of Steel is as serious as a metal recording gets; and, at least until those new Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan discs get mastered, it's also the greatest math-metal album of this still-young year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the Impossible Past is an inspiring exploration of life as it should be--but rarely is--lived. [Mar 2012, p.98]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exister serves as a reminder that the thousands of bands aping this style of punk will never be as great as Hot Water Music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    overflowing with slick hooks and dynamic nuances, Twelve Years masterfully balances cathartic restraint and melodic aggression. [Jun 2012, p.80]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Continuous Thunder" is a sensitive parting shot, and cements Celebration Rock's emotional depth. [Jul 2012, p.98]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Three MVPs plus one vision equals one of the year's best. [Jun 2012, p.84]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are extraordinary. [May 2012, p.79]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to the expert production of Brendan O'Brien, the record sounds goddamn phenomenal. [Aug 2012, p.83]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Infinity Overhead's smorgasbord of sounds should please every level of Minus The Bear fan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cliff has never needed to reaffirm his place in the reggae pantheon. With Rebirth, he went ahead and did it anyway--and then some.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MacNeil delivers a riveting, throat-destroying performance that owns every moment [Oct 2012, p.88]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the only surprise about Violent Waves is how strong and focused, creatively fierce and yet cohesive Circa Survive sound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Murder By Death have created their most dramatic and symphonic work to date. [Oct 2012, p.90]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are tightly constructed songs that sledgehammer a jagged line between the Pixies' inventive pop clamor and the hazy beauty of another clever noise purveyor deserving of the all-caps treatment, HEALTH.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a triumph, a huge step forward for a band that should be regarded as one of the best in the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cohesive and engaging throughout, this is the sound of a band at their most fearless. [Nov 2012, p.92]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every track on the Umea group's sixth album is a story onto itself. [Feb 2013, p.90]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ambitious but understated, intelligent but immediate, Pedestrian Verse is simultaneously heartbreaking and life affirming--and anything but pedestrian. [Mar 2013, p.90]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Gilbert's powerful pipes and his bang-on production values, Shai Hulud have never sounded better than on Reach Beyond The Sun. [Mar 2013, p.89]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sykes’ increased vocal range also proves a formidable addition to their arsenal, coalescing with the expanded sonic palette for a more intimate, cohesive and engaging collection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thermals don't aim to shock. They don't aim to please, either, and their dynamic punk spirit is as smart and infectious as when they began in 2002. [May 2013, p.92]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its core, Tape Deck Heart is the kind of record we've all always wanted Frank Turner to make. [May 2013, p.83]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sister Faith is rich with engaging depth and an inventive accessibility that should put the band on the radar of independent music lovers everywhere. [May 2013, p.88]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end result is Silverstein's career-best work and one of the best albums of the year thus far. [Mar 2013, p.91]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With vocals creeping into the closer "Happiness," not once does Cooper put a foot wrong, creating an album that borders on perfection. [Jun 2013, p.96]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fast; it’s honest, and it’ll probably make you tear up more than once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully, Damage easily bests the previous two Jimmy Eat World full-lengths, and its high points rival those of Futures and Bleed American.