Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,759 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 Modern Apprentice
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,759 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blackjazz, by contrast, is fierce and unrelenting, a slavering beast of an album with the complexity and dissonance of the Flying Luttenbachers and the head-down intensity of upstate New York ultra-power trio Borbetomagus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What ultimately makes Similes so wonderful is that with every listen it seems to peel away the world around you, immersing you in its warmth, and for 43 minutes, it makes it so hard to believe that everything that might be wrong in your life actually matters at all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dissonant strings, clasical piano and eerie quiet spells infuse the album with a wird, roiling darkness that gets under your skin rather than filleting your skull. The result is more dramatic than any Dillinger release this decade--and more powerful because of it. [Apr 2010, p124]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    CIS convey aggression and energy through a maddening array of effects pedals and the haunting, grainy tenor of Kristain Hallbert's reverberating voice, combining to form corrosive anthems embellished by space and nuance. [Mar 2010, p.92]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Go
    Go is a genuinely beautiful, emotionally resonant must-hear. [Apr 2010, p.126]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Home Acres is rooted in stunning energy that tells the tale of a Midwestern dream falling apart. [Apr 2010, p.122]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It harnesses Circa's best qualities and adds a sense of direction previous releases somewhat lacked. [May 2010, p.105]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Minus The Bear stray further from the prickly, smartass math-rock of thier early days, the group seem focused on crafting the perfect album to launch them into another dimensuion entirely--and Omni, with its brainy intricacy and adventurous heart, may just be that spaceship. [Jun 2010, p.106]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Besides boasting some of the band's most violent music to date, what makes The Powerless Rise such a stunning metal record is the band's commitment to vigrously kicking at their boundaries while remaining true to their sound. [Jun 2010, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It truly does feel as if they've been holding this emotion back since the day they parted and now unleashing everything in an explosion of creative energy, delivering a magnificent record that while fresh and exciting, could only be the work of far. [Jun 2010, p.102]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to a vintage church organ, a sizzling saxophone and a little recording expertise, Pickin' Up The Pieces' deceptively analog sound has all the crackle and warmth of the music pouring out of an old AM radio. [[Sep 2010, p.109]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    O (Disambiguation) is the first Underoath album in years that you'll walk away humming--even as you pick shrapnel out of your ears. [Dec 2010, p.118]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There Are Rules truly stands out in the members' collective catalogs as a completely unique entity, and one that should be viewed as nothing less than an absolutely stunning success. [Feb 2011, p.85]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is pure joy to listen to. [Mar 2011, p.96]
    • Alternative Press
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Polished studio effects notwithstanding, Belong's truest charms remain the songs themselves. [Apr 2011, p.115]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Finally, the coolest guy in rock makes a record worthy of his reputation. [May 2011, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though No Devolucion might draw the ire of fans who prefer moshing over meditation, the result is a record that's progressive and, believe it or not, downright beautiful. [May 2011, p.97]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As powerful as the music is--and its strength is undeniable, as every muscle practically spasms in reaction to the desperate guttural screams that emanate from singer Jason Butler's mouth and to the violent and complex post-hardcore melodies produced by his four bandmates--as much weight is carried in the erudite, intelligent lyrics and themes that permeate these 14 songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is their most haunted and harrowing album to date. [May 2011, p.98]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a refreshing turn from a band who easily churned out more of the same to little complaint. [Jun 2011, p.109]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Well paced and thoroughly engaging, the Braxton-less Battles have accomplished the seemingly impossible with Gloss Drop: They've actually gotten better. [Jul 2011, p.107]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While still drenched in anguish, regret and torrential riffs, Parting The sea gives Bolm's prose-dense vignettes and feral confessions the full punch and epic scope they deserve. [Jul 2011, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His bandmates give him one hell of a canvas on which to paint, with enormous hooks that pull from vintage Saves The Day and the Starting Line while still sounding fresh and exciting. [Jul 2011,p.112]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shed's a wonderfully rough and ambitious re-introduction from Title Fight that occasionally belies the band's youth. [Jun 2011, p.111]
    • Alternative Press
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ritual reminds fans that these Michigan death-metal merchants are capable of greatness. [Jul 2011, p.107]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band stand undiminished, combining Leviathan's raging metal with the sterling production of the proggier Crack The Skye.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfect for night drives on long, winding roads. [Oct 2011, p.107]
    • Alternative Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the band do seem to reconcile something within by the conclusion of Odd Soul, the unpredictable, biting musical journey to get there makes for some powerful listening. [Nov 2011, p.96]
    • Alternative Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Childish Gambino is more than just a rapper, and Camp is more than just an album: It's a stone-cold classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The force of his personal aesthetics--coupled with the assistance of a similarly fearless group of friends-- has made for not only for one of the best albums of the year, but has produced evidence proving real artists simple don't settle, no matter how fast the calendar moves. [Dec 2011, p.122]
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