Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,818 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Vacation
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,818 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All Osborne's vocal and instrumental hallmarks--including enigmatic lyrics and track titles--are in place, so it's not really a departure, but it's also too good to be shrugged off as for Melvins fans only. [Jul 2014, p.100]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wait Barbarians is not an album for all moods and times of day. But for those calm, reflective moments that tend to arrive as dusk descends, this albums provides the ideal soundtrack. [Jul 2014, p.102]
    • Alternative Press
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It starts off strong... While the slow chug of "Divide" and the somewhat MOR jangle of "Teen Rocket" might have worked better as B-sides, they get it spot-on with "Wnat Would You Do." [Jul 2014, p.102]
    • Alternative Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a renewed, stripped-down focus, Fortune is some of their best stuff yet. [May 2014, p.88]
    • Alternative Press
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They’re obviously still working out the kinks that come with stepping out of one’s comfort zone, but all in all Let The Ocean Take Me is an encouraging signpost that sees the Amity Affliction slowly tearing up the blueprint that drove their early works.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No one will argue 5 Seconds Of Summer is high art, but it ultimately works more often than it doesn’t. And, perhaps most important of all, it feels authentic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You’re unlikely to hear a more earnest album than Bleachers' Strange Desire this year, nor are you apt to find a release more faithful to the spirit and sound of Top 40 radio in the late, great ’80s.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An exercise in simplicity, Free Will’s one critique is at times feeling too simple. Given enough time, though, and a quiet enough room, the beauty in the music comes through strong, and second listens let the lyrics ring truer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may not have the continuity or cohesive potency of a Document #8 or City Of Caterpillar, but it's a pleasant rage like few others coming out and, when necessary, clearly shouts what it wants to be heard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands, Lowborn isn't as good as Vital, but it still does an admirable job at continuing Anberlin's sonic expression. [Jul 2014, p.95]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gemini, Her Majesty is by and large a step back towards the fertile brilliance that rightfully gained Rx Bandits exposure in the early 2000s, recapturing the jubilant mix of styles they deployed with so much fresh aggression and poise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a solid first salvo from a band who clearly have the chops to make a serious stir. [Sep 2014, p.105]
    • Alternative Press
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As was true in those bygone days, the hippieish uplift can get a little fuzzy, but the bass-rattling jolt of "Buffalo" will clear your head--and fill the floor--fast. [Sep 2014, p.104]
    • Alternative Press
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though slightly dragging and formulaic at times, the melodies and arrangements are strong and memorable, stacking up against Mascis' previous solo releases. [Sep 2014, p.107]
    • Alternative Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the other material is good, these moments are great. [Sep 2014, p.104]
    • Alternative Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Alphaville's best moments tend to be its most deliberate and glammy. [Sep 2014, p.108]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blood & Lemonade is a good old-fashioned power-pop record bursting with rock-god guitar riffs, stacked harmonies and chugging tempos. [Oct 2014, p.96]
    • Alternative Press
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another Language is a step back in the right direction, engulfing the listener with effortless subtlety. [Oct 2014, p.101]
    • Alternative Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There will always be casualties when musicians want to change but fans want them to stay the same. That doesn’t stop the Color Morale from adding plenty of pop choruses to their post-hardcore palate on Hold On Pain Ends, while keeping their metalcore tendencies, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The group take a far lighter approach with the haunting “Madrid,” the airy, guitar-free “MSK” and sparkling closer “California,” a piano ballad straight from the Jason Lancaster playbook. It’s a risk, and it doesn’t always work, but you end up glad Yellowcard found the courage to hoist their sails at all this year and still plot a course, as uncharted as it may be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When it works, it’s great; when it doesn’t, it feels clunky at best and skippable at worst.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a whole, they don't quite match the melancholy majesty of his debut O, but moments do rival his best work. [Dec 2014, p.108]
    • Alternative Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    El Bronx simply didn't go far enough, as only a handful of the album's 10 tracks mesh that inspired modernism with the traditional Mexican soulfulness they obviously hold dear. [Dec 2014, p.107]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As great as At War With Reality really is, it is nothing but expectations, and for a band that shattered preconceptions and spawned an absolutely unbearable number of copycat bands with their last album, that's actually a bit disappointing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This progressive spin on the classic EpiFat sound yields original, enjoyable results. [Dec 2014, p.105]
    • Alternative Press
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Your best bet is to just let go and enjoy this long, schizophrenic ride through his candy-colored, drug-addled musical subconscious. [Dec 2014, p.107]
    • Alternative Press
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result is an urgent collection whose creative spark burns brightly. [Dec 2014, p.104]
    • Alternative Press
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dear Youth is a one-size-fits-all hardcore album, one that will lead many fresh faces through the door but leave returners looking for more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only a few slip-ups occur (“Eyelids” wanders for too many minutes), but all in all, it’s a shiny debut from a band we are excited to watch improve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Things get a little dicier when they dip into the ’60s, as Deschanel doesn’t have the pipes to match up with the likes of Maxine Brown and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.... Throughout the rest of Classics, though, Deschanel is a delight, at times coy and romantic, and in other moments, moody and pensive.