Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,876 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,876 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earnest and joyful throughout, they don't make records like this anymore, so be glad Anathallo didn't listen and made one anyway.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might have sucked the first time you went through [the year between high school and college], but here, it couldn't sound better. [Mar 2009, p.113]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What emerges by the halfway point of the title track is the sense that you're not listening to just another piano troubadour; you're hearing the oceanic confessions of an artist who in time will be considered one of the most affecting composers of this still young century. [Apr 2009, p.134]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's less mopey than Bright Eyes, less pompous than Sufjan Stevens and better than almost everything else. [Feb 2009, p.103]
    • Alternative Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cutest couple this side of Jack and Meg do exactly that [get serious] on the shockingly accomplished Grand. [Feb 2009, p.100]
    • Alternative Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gutter Tactics is another collection on which fans of rap radicals Public Enemy and drone-metal heavies the Melvins can find common ground. [Mar 2009, p.116]
    • Alternative Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hold Time exists not simply as a vehicle for the rehash of rock 'n' roll blueprints, but as the highway on which to drive home his acute pop-rock songwriting. Mar 2009, p.107]
    • Alternative Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Auerbach moves flawlessly through all of his favorite frames of references. [Mar 2009, p.112]
    • Alternative Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their self-titiled debut, there isn't a dud in the bunch. [Mar 2009, p.101]
    • Alternative Press
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N.A.S.A.'s dope beats and wet-dream collaborations make Apollo an absolute must-have. [Jun 2009, p.111]
    • Alternative Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    P.O.S. has raised the bar again. [Mar 2009, p.114]
    • Alternative Press
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Repeat listens yield rich and profound rewards. [Mar 2009, p.104]
    • Alternative Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dance fans--past and present--will be pleased. [Mar 2009, p.116]
    • Alternative Press
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Bromst, Deacon's confidence shines through as he effortlessly combines extremes. [Apr 2009, p.142]
    • Alternative Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of spontaneous originality and should be appreciated as such. [May 2009, p.114]
    • Alternative Press
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've given their songs a spine. Stark and deliberate, menageries of vocals ricochet irresistibly between reverb, piano and floor toms and stripped-down Americana. [Apr 2009, p.135]
    • Alternative Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'I Call Out Your name won't exactly smash the state, but it's a perfect little pop song. So are opening track, 'When I Died' and 'Now We Can See', where the band's return to gleefully subversive social commentary can't undermine their most infectious pop hook. [May 2009, p.110]
    • Alternative Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end result is an album that doesn't pull its punches, a direct message to the people with enough rhythm to get some movement out of stiff limbs while we dance away the recession blues. [May 2009, p.123]
    • Alternative Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dave Fridmann's grand production touches enhance BMSR's otherworldly aura, adding dazzling glaze to this fruity cake. [Jun 2009, p.108]
    • Alternative Press
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Again leaps forward as the best album of Taking Back Sunday's career to date.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battle For The Sun takes the best elements of thier sound and focuses it into a cohesive listening experience--there's no filler to be found. [Jul 2009, p.130]
    • Alternative Press
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is crushing, calculated and catchy, light years beyond the three-chord snarling if Dalle's past. [Jul 2009, p.130]
    • Alternative Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The Loud Wars is overflowing with extremely impressive musicianship, creative time shifts, and interesting instrumentation, it also has an inviting pop sensibility. [Jun 2009, p.99]
    • Alternative Press
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their fourth full-length, the Used have delivered not only the definitive album of thier career, butarguably one of the best records you'll hear in 2009. [Sep 2009, p.109]
    • Alternative Press
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    brand new eyes astonishes from start to finish. [Oct 2009, p.111]
    • Alternative Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In no uncertain terms, Crash Love is an accomplishment that raises the bar for them as musicians and writers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shit rules so hard. [Oct 2009, p.108]
    • Alternative Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When the dark, somber and damn loud refrains of 'Ego Death' kick in, it sounds like these guys could completely take over indie rock. [Nov 2009, p.106]
    • Alternative Press
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Embryonic is an album full of little revolutions--a trippier, noisier, more experimental journey than the Flaming Lips have taken in forever. [Dec 2009, p.116]
    • Alternative Press
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blue Record truly depicts a band at the peak of their powers. [Nov 2009, p.106]
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