Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,930 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Who Killed The Zutons
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2930 music reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times, the disc trades solid shoegazing for a slip into blase modern rock, with songs that beg for broadcast next to STP and Third Eye Blind; ultimately, however, Gwenmars' recasting of the dark British sounds that lent depth to sunny American movies is intense and compelling. [#153, p.75]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Admittedly, this kinder, gentler Half Japanese lack the shambling brilliance of earlier incarnations, but, hey, we all lose a step with age. [#155, p.76]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like Creeper's previous albums, Take Back The Universe is a delicate piece of criss-crossing jangles and loose-limbed riffs, but the shimmery sprawl never coalesces into anything concrete. [#154, p.73]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not an album that will change your life, but it could alter the way you look at bits of it. [Feb 2003, p.64]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like Merzbow jamming with a broken dishwasher through a short-wave radio. [Nov 2004, p.146]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of Boroughs feels like they're sampling themselves. [Aug 2004, p.120]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Offers yet more fun funk/blues-rock mashups for unpretentious gatherings of all sorts. [Nov 2004, p.156]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sonic Nurse is better than 90 percent of new rock, but with younger combos like Lightning Bolt and Liars stealing their thunder, these well-meaning vets come off as old and in the way. [Jul 2004, p.134]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Makes you scratch your head as much as nod it. [Dec 2004, p.162]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's important that albums like Ghost exist--but unfortunately, those albums don't always make the most enjoyable listens. [Aug 2004, p.116]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This heart-cleansing vulnerability renders much of Final Straw's latter half monotonous. [May 2004, p.96]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    South are at their most compelling when they apply the aesthetics and methodology of dance music to their epic rock music. [Mar 2002, p.88]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Educational and motivational. [Jul 2003, p.126]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Repetitious choruses and monotonous, middling tempos make the songs blur together. [Oct 2003, p.126]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All Around doesn't take you anywhere, but it does make where you are a little bit brighter. [Aug 2003, p.105]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the pretentious spoken-word ramblings, corny hooks and unremarkable trance put Maas, along with Paul Van Dyk and BT, in a less illustrious category: top-notch DJs with second-rate albums under their belts. [May 2002, p.90]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hit or miss. [Dec 2003, p.154]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They focus too little on well-made songs and too much on creating an angst-ridden atmosphere. [Jul 2002, p.78]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Alternately maddening and enlightening. [Jun 2003, p.110]
    • Alternative Press
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though the music on Revelling/Reckoning ranges from brilliant to mediocre, DiFranco's bold, descriptive lyrics (as usual) redeem any shortcomings. [#155, p.75]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The recording quality is awful, but the glee with which these legends dust off forgotten gems like "Never Been In A Riot" easily makes up for it. [Feb 2004, p.76]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the tinny stutters and retro keyboards... drag when they're not amped up on desire. [Dec 2003, p.158]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing bad here, but also nothing new. [June 2003, p.103]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At times their odes to the long-gone era of '60s psychedelia get lost in their lofty ambitions. [Apr 2004, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Far from essential, but... a good jazz starting point for the unitiated. [Mar 2003, p.90]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Everlast hints at a hip-hop amalgam of Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf, but only when being chased. [Jan 2001, p.88]
    • Alternative Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though there's little here to entice newcomers, fans should rejoice. [Mar 2002, p.77]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The only problem is that in making way for all the MCs, Dilated's tracks seem too peripheral, keeping Expansion from sustaining the momentum its MCs command. [Jan 2002, p.80]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A precious orch-pop labyrinth that unfolds with sudden melodic left turns and zany shifts in dynamics and instrumentation. [Aug 2001, p.94]
    • Alternative Press
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Medicine is certainly a cohesive and mature outing, but it isn't nearly as fun as the band's previous shenanigans. [May 2004, p.102]
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