Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,760 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 Get Behind Me Satan
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,760 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smartly packaged pop that's as slick as Stereolab, but human enough--thanks to Coyne's earnestness and sincerity--to malfunction in all the right places. [Sep 2002, p.77]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Death Cab's slowest and most mature recording, and over time, hidden bits of magic reveal themselves brilliantly. [Nov 2003, p.98]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feels like a jam session--bluesy keyboard lines and guitar riffs busk with soul-inflected harmonies, world-music percussion and complex, exotic rhythms. [Apr 2002, p.68]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Grooves with uptight downtown funk that's not just for beat freaks. [May 2002, p.88]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A righteous wallop of club-crawling, rave-slumming fun. [Oct 2002, p.83]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more realized updates of [Her Majesty] that crowd out the backed of Picaresque reveal a wit so bizarre and vaudevillian beauty so ultimately endearing that by the end, Meloy's sprawling form of theatrical folk has us all. [Apr 2005, p.116]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seamlessly picks up right where 2003's Transatlanticism left off. [Nov 2005, p.208]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nearly flawless album full of rocking pop songs that sound instantly timeless. [Oct 2005, p.156]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sextet take glitchy electronics, nerdy psychedelic rock and various forms of hip-hop to create a completely over-the-top concept album--and it works perfectly. [Dec 2006, p.208]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With this completely progressive and mature effort, it's clear that Barnes is one of indie rock's most gifted songwriters. [Feb 2007, p.115]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most accessible and uncompromising album.... !!! deftly balance adventurousness with fun--a potent combo that too few bands achieve. [Apr 2007, p.192]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are no walls of distortion or crunching riffs; this time, they've traded all that for the beauty of Craig B.'s vocals and understated ambience. [Apr 2007, p.180]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That's why artists like RJD2 are important: They're brave, they're risk takers, and modern music needs more of them. [Apr 2007, p.192]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've honed their sound perfectly, hitting every mark they set and making Because Of The Times kick so much ass that it demands you respect them as new rock royalty. [May 2007, p.152]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    11 tracks that scorch the earth lesser bands traipse on. [May 2007, p.150]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even in its darkest moments... [This Too] remains grounded in a beautiful humanity. [Mar 2007, p.136]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He rhymes like a champ. [Jun 2007, p.160]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At times, the effect is akin to hearing Tortoise and Animal Collective covering the Steve Reich and Devo catalogs in tandem; but such reference points barely do justice to an album that just halfway through 2007, is already topping the year's best-of list in multiple genres. [Jun 2007, p.151]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album truely is a collection of gems. [Oct 2007, p.162]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Go! Team's folluow-up is densely packed enough to make Phil Spector's Wall feel like a screen door. [Oct 2007, p.160]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tightly wound dance numbers are dancier ("Knights"); the slow sex jams are sexier ("White Mystery"); and new keyboardist Alex Rose gives the synths a much stronger role than ever before, both with brilliant countermelodies and sublime textures. [Sept 2007]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sam Beam has returned with a third full-length that rivals just about anything in his small but illustrious catalog. [Nov 2007, p.162]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've retained some of the tighty wound post-punk angularity they've always favored and even bust a bit of old school punk, but the real advances are melodic. [Nov 2007, p.160]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reunion Tour further cements the Weakerthans' status as legitmate rock 'n' roll tastemakers. [Nov 2007, p.172]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bemis successfully came out of the other side on In Defense Of The Genre, producing an opus that musicians more than twice his age could only hope to create. [Dec 2007, p.185]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Dillinger Escape Plan are far from dead and te sound they pioneered is only getting stronger. [Dec 2007, p.171]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We All Belong is phenomenally consistent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What really impresses on the quintet's sophomore stunner is the way Black Mountain effortlessly shift from devastating to devastatingly beautiful. [Feb 2008, p.117]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oracular may be a complex effort, but the verdict is simple--it's brilliant. [Feb 2008, p.115]
    • Alternative Press
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark is one of the first great records of 2008. [Mar 2008, p.146]
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