Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,889 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: 72
Highest review score: 100 My Dinosaur Life
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,889 music reviews
    • 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]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark is one of the first great records of 2008. [Mar 2008, p.146]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the most solid album in the group's discography, haunting with moments of near perfection. [Mar 2008, p.140]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album doesn't have the reunion hype that helped make American Music Club's "Love Songs For Patriots" such an event. What it does have is songwriting. [Mar 2008, p.140]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One day, Darnielle might make a sub-par Mountain Goats record. Pride certainly isn't it. [Apr 2008, p.152]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The proceedings sound loose, yet focused but never disappointing. [Apr 2008, p.160]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lofty expectations are met in full with Saturnalia. [Apr 2008, p.160]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Decidedly mature and unapologetically soulful, Float is one of the most important records of this young year. [Apr 2008, p.148]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's primary footholds--those downstrokes; that kick drum; those poker-faced paeans to wizards and wenches--are as true, and as sinisterly black-and-blue, as doom metal gets. [May 2008, p.136]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to pull off an album this succint and not invite boredom; it's even rarer if it fucking rocks. [May 2008, p.135]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jim
    What elevates Jim from faux-soul Jamiroquai ghetto is the effortless exuberance and keen reverence that Lidell brings to the vocals and arrangements, hand-crafting dusty grooves as fresh as the first drop of the needle. [July 2008, p.162]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Performing some of thre best party music for smart people this side of Black Lips, the rest of the band match Reis' powerhouse vocal eccentricities with a perfectly calculated degree of rock 'n' roll swagger, blasting ahead like the Wipers one minute and settling into a slow-burning Bo Diddley groove the next. [May 2008, p.128]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call this "sunstroked desert hallucination mood music" sells it short. It actually transforms the atmosphere of the space in which it's played. [June 2008, p.132]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Balancing a DIY mentality with a good ear for catch hooks, the Cool Kids have the ability to please both sides of the fence--which is exactly what the hip-hop world needs. [Aug 2008, p.174]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a fine line between vintage rock revision and progressive insight--Hammond Jr. has mastered the balance. [Aug 2008, p.170]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Melvins' 18th proper album is essentially classic rock for 2008--with the band's trademark abrasion. [Aug 2008, p.166]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though such pop gloss ruins many indie acts, it fits CSS as snugly as vocalist Lovefoxx's Lycra stagewear. [Sep 2008, p.162]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    James Jackson Toth's solo debut has the depth, energy and character of a great comedy. [Sep 2008, p.151]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the sound of three musicians playing to their strengths while challenging their songwriting style, resulting in a cohesive listen that holds your attention to the end. [Sep 2008, p.156]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultra Beatdown is a relentless explosion of power metal serving as a superb master class for fledgling shredders on any instrument. [Sep 2008, p.152] [Sep 208, p.152]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Quilt expertly stitches together art and commerce. Every song has an insistent hook, but despite the high-profile hip-hop guests, nothing feels calculated. [Oct 2008, p.162]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record bubbling with fresh sounds and creativity, one that proves Alias has not only not lost his touch--he' s improved upon it. [Oct 2008, p.162]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More lively and consistent than 2006's "Rabbit Fur Coat," Lewis's second solo disc builds like a whisky buzz. [Nov 2008, p.155]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if McMahon's inspiration (lyrical and otherwise) are transparent on Passenger, the execution of his influences is impeccable. [Oct 2008, p.147]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    President isn't just one of the year's best; it's one of the finest efforts to come out of hip-hop in a long time. [Dec 2008, p.153]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fucked Up aren't the easiest band to like, but they're worth the effort. [Nov 2008, p.156]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Doiron's presence and Squire's understated electric guitar imbue the album with haunting, spectral beauty equal to anything Elverum's done. [Dec 2008, p.138]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder sees the Brits at thie operatic best and completely unafraid to fill their songs with orchestral keyboards. [Dec 208, p.142]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where the Tokyo-based quintet's heavier side might normally overshadow Thursday's more sensitively nuanced post-screamo, the transitions here are seemless. [Dec 2008, p.130]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Auerbach moves flawlessly through all of his favorite frames of references. [Mar 2009, p.112]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their self-titiled debut, there isn't a dud in the bunch. [Mar 2009, p.101]
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    • 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]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    P.O.S. has raised the bar again. [Mar 2009, p.114]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Repeat listens yield rich and profound rewards. [Mar 2009, p.104]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dance fans--past and present--will be pleased. [Mar 2009, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Bromst, Deacon's confidence shines through as he effortlessly combines extremes. [Apr 2009, p.142]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of spontaneous originality and should be appreciated as such. [May 2009, p.114]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    brand new eyes astonishes from start to finish. [Oct 2009, p.111]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sainthood was produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla and Howard Reddekopp, allowing the album to take on aspects of both its predecessors while still feeling new, and per usual with this duo, impressively skillful. [Dec 2009, p.114]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may seem as if Geneva is all over the musical map, the opposite is acually true--the map's just been redrawn. [Nov 2009, p.114]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are more detours, from austere acoustic avenues to vocodered pop to '80s disco, to fill you with hope for the next decade's offerings. [Feb 2010, p.94]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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