Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,818 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 Vacation
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,818 music reviews
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The proceedings sound loose, yet focused but never disappointing. [Apr 2008, p.160]
    • Alternative Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lofty expectations are met in full with Saturnalia. [Apr 2008, p.160]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fucked Up aren't the easiest band to like, but they're worth the effort. [Nov 2008, p.156]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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]
    • Alternative Press
    • 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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