Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,747 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 She Has No Strings Apollo
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,747 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ambitiousness, imagination and craftsmanship on display place Weightless in a class all of its own, stridently redefining the parameters of heavy music in 2011,. [Dec 2011, p.120]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enter Shikari prove that they have something substantial to say and a creative way of saying it.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still loud, but he's trusting his songcraft and producing more sinister, elusive and substantial music. [Feb 2012, p.80]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Iron Balls Of Steel is as serious as a metal recording gets; and, at least until those new Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan discs get mastered, it's also the greatest math-metal album of this still-young year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the Impossible Past is an inspiring exploration of life as it should be--but rarely is--lived. [Mar 2012, p.98]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exister serves as a reminder that the thousands of bands aping this style of punk will never be as great as Hot Water Music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    overflowing with slick hooks and dynamic nuances, Twelve Years masterfully balances cathartic restraint and melodic aggression. [Jun 2012, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Continuous Thunder" is a sensitive parting shot, and cements Celebration Rock's emotional depth. [Jul 2012, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Three MVPs plus one vision equals one of the year's best. [Jun 2012, p.84]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are extraordinary. [May 2012, p.79]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to the expert production of Brendan O'Brien, the record sounds goddamn phenomenal. [Aug 2012, p.83]
    • Alternative Press
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Infinity Overhead's smorgasbord of sounds should please every level of Minus The Bear fan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cliff has never needed to reaffirm his place in the reggae pantheon. With Rebirth, he went ahead and did it anyway--and then some.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MacNeil delivers a riveting, throat-destroying performance that owns every moment [Oct 2012, p.88]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the only surprise about Violent Waves is how strong and focused, creatively fierce and yet cohesive Circa Survive sound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Murder By Death have created their most dramatic and symphonic work to date. [Oct 2012, p.90]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are tightly constructed songs that sledgehammer a jagged line between the Pixies' inventive pop clamor and the hazy beauty of another clever noise purveyor deserving of the all-caps treatment, HEALTH.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a triumph, a huge step forward for a band that should be regarded as one of the best in the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cohesive and engaging throughout, this is the sound of a band at their most fearless. [Nov 2012, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every track on the Umea group's sixth album is a story onto itself. [Feb 2013, p.90]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ambitious but understated, intelligent but immediate, Pedestrian Verse is simultaneously heartbreaking and life affirming--and anything but pedestrian. [Mar 2013, p.90]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Gilbert's powerful pipes and his bang-on production values, Shai Hulud have never sounded better than on Reach Beyond The Sun. [Mar 2013, p.89]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sykes’ increased vocal range also proves a formidable addition to their arsenal, coalescing with the expanded sonic palette for a more intimate, cohesive and engaging collection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thermals don't aim to shock. They don't aim to please, either, and their dynamic punk spirit is as smart and infectious as when they began in 2002. [May 2013, p.92]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its core, Tape Deck Heart is the kind of record we've all always wanted Frank Turner to make. [May 2013, p.83]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sister Faith is rich with engaging depth and an inventive accessibility that should put the band on the radar of independent music lovers everywhere. [May 2013, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end result is Silverstein's career-best work and one of the best albums of the year thus far. [Mar 2013, p.91]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With vocals creeping into the closer "Happiness," not once does Cooper put a foot wrong, creating an album that borders on perfection. [Jun 2013, p.96]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fast; it’s honest, and it’ll probably make you tear up more than once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully, Damage easily bests the previous two Jimmy Eat World full-lengths, and its high points rival those of Futures and Bleed American.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kveikur is a masterstroke effort. [Jul 2013, p.104]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best experienced as a single piece of ever-evolving music, this is post-rock at its most melodic and dynamic best. [Jul 2013, p.104]
    • Alternative Press
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Blackest Beautiful is a brutally stunning document full of soul and purpose. [Aug 2013, P.88]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their less-than-radio friendly name will likely keep them just outside of the mainstream, but what they've accomplished on this monolith of an LP is going to be impossible to ignore during this last half of 2013.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bits of experimentation still poke through, especially on the dissonant, heart-rendering "Rabbit Foot," which neatly stitches up Defeater's past while pointing toward fresh dynamics and future chapter to come. [Aug 2013, p.86]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Nothing Violates This Nature, the Boston hardcore mob demonstrate once and for all that they’re far more than the sum of their parts. It is also one of the angriest and most violent records you will encounter in 2013.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrongdoers might surpass its predecessor in heaviness, emotion, mood and pure adrenalin. [Sep 2013, p.86]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyond weird? Yes, but in the best, most deliciously mind-bending of ways. [Oct 2013, p.88]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even more devastation stems fro Iain Cook and Martin Doherty's sophisticated and catchy layers of synthesizers and vocal loops. [Oct 2013, p.82]
    • Alternative Press
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their colorful tapestry of indie/alt/emo inspiration is distilled far more subtly then before. [Oct 2013, p.84]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Flatliners here transcend genre distinctions to make a great rock record, period. [Oct 2013, p.94]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mazzy Star may not have evolved much over the past 17 years, but Season Of Your Day proves they never, ever need to. [Oct 2013, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    STD are as tight and melodically brilliant as ever, but the previous trilogy’s anguish and inner turmoil seem to have been replaced by warm sentimentality, declarations of undying love, and smart discourse on relationships and the human condition, with the occasional killer curveball.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically introspective, musically tight and vocally resolute, Fade Away is Best Coast’s best work to date.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Whales And Leeches up its game] by being bigger, bolder, heavier, catchier and even more savagely fun.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Get There is gorgeous, perfect pop. [Nov 2013, p.90]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything is organic, unforced and so subtly constructed that much of the time you don't so much hear the songs as feel them. Beautiful. [Feb 2014, p.91]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Phantogram's electronics and electric guitar alchemy has simultaneously become more infectious and complex than ever before. [Mar 2014, p.93]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The honest emotion, varying dynamics and avoidance of cliche up the record's potency, leaving you with the sense that this is how metalcore should make you feel. [Apr 2014, p.89]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many stronger Americans albums than Till Midnight. [Apr 2014, p.93]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here And Nowhere Else is Cloud Nothings' best effort yet--and that's saying something. [May 2014, p.90]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few records this year will be able to compete with the heart or hooks of this one. [Apr 2014, p.89]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an album without pretense or misstep. [May 2014, p.88]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s so much depth to absorb here, yet it’s also instantly rewarding, and it happens time and again on Oh, Common Life; as adventurous as the album is, there’s nary a misstep to be found.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliantly sorrowful effort: for isolated immersion only. [Apr 2014, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their stripped-back and organic-sounding punkish indie rock recalls early Jimmy Eat World, Texas Is The Reason, the Appleseed Cast, Penfold and the Weakerthans, and this album sees them stand toe to toe with any one of those bands, which is admirable to say the least.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album’s 10 songs are over and done in under 20 minutes. The impression they leave at the end of it all is huge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easy Pain reminds you how horrible the world can be, as well as the catharsis you can achieve if you'd only just immerse yourself in the maelstrom. [Jun 2014, p.111]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The vocals are one of the duo's strongest points, but the entertaining and skillful guitar work is right up there, as is the songwriting dynamics and arrangement prowess. In other words, everything about this one is a winner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braid have delivered a record as nuanced, vitalizing and brilliant as anything in their already storied back catalog, reemerging as strong as any of the numerous bands that have popped up to critical notice in their wake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songwriting is daring yet tightly focused, catchy yet crushing, but executed with a level of skill that’s an obvious reflection of the band’s greater experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs on Get Hurt do all the talking for him, loud and proud, crashing and bashing into the night, taking heartache and turning it into triumph. Pure rock ’n’ roll.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brill Bruisers leaves a lasting impression in the best possible way. [Sep 2014, p.108]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every aspect of The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways coming across bigger, harder and just more than their full-length debut, 2012's The Fallout.