Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 157 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Pythons
Lowest review score: 20 Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 157
157 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's easily the band's best release in the last 10 years, and with time it will garner more appreciation in the overall catalog.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This plays like any other band's greatest hits. Every song is gold.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Against all odds, My Bloody Valentine managed to put together an album that keeps enough of the elements that made us cherish Loveless, while stretching their sonic palette just enough to keep things interesting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The question is then, on Everybody Loves Sausages, the band's first all covers album, can they maintain the originality that seeps through their reworkings for an entire album? Yes, yes they can. And how.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stevenson and her band have been improving in every aspect since their inception, and they've nailed it here on Wheel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a fantastic flow from upbeat, crescendoing rockers to gentle yet looming ballads.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jar
    Daylight have released an album that'll have you talking about it for weeks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album on par with its predecessor but at times, exceeding it. It has everything people love about the band in abundance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The pacing of Youth is near-flawless. It's a gloomy atmosphere but ambitious nonetheless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is so good we don't need to focus on those details. With I Hate Music, Superchunk will once again land near the top of my year-end list.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's bitingly honest, thoroughly self-reflective and often, uncomfortably relatable. One of the best albums of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jeremy Bolm and his posse have taken the time and care since 2011 to ensure that Is Survived By plays off as not only their most mature and heartfelt record to date. It's the record that could well define Touche Amore's legacy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn’t resort to chest-beating nor does it attempt to dilute its primal metal urges. It simply cuts through.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ["Pothole" is] about someone wanting to be placed atop the mantle, of someone who doesn't deem them worthy enough. Them feelings. This album is full of them and it's assuredly going to be dubbed their best work to date. I bet everything on it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M-Glory took a risk by being unique and going for the bigger sound. It was a gamble that paid off immensely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is far and away the best record Ragan has done.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Baldi's lyrics encapsulate those tenets just as well as the music he and his bandmates create.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cope is a loud dose of poetry which I can see stretching its musical arms very far and very wide.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is arguably their strongest music to date and they manage to shoot the most cathartic of bullets at you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a skillful, daring, side-step into a new plane that leaves the band with far more aspects to explore than when they started.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While nothing too original, Loom still acts as its own thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With so many amazing tracks on tap, it's hard to single out which is deserving of repeated listens because they all are.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album comes off as the most definitive and most complete that Joyce Manor have to offer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as their attention spans can accommodate the extremely lengthy tunes, any fan of heavy music would do well to pick up Foundations of Burden. Highly recommended.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tight musicianship around Kingfisher assembles like a puzzle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wolf's Law doesn't expand on the Joy Formidable's sound so much as it cements their sound.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The more intelligible lyrics and mid-fi production keep things entertaining and give it the feeling of a fully fleshed-out work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    IV is a worthy return that shows the Bronx still have those chops.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They really proved that they're a conduit for great music and a band that's chomping at the bit to explore and vary their style.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of melodic rock music with a tinge of punk attitude will find plenty to sing along to here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a welcome, surprising return to form.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New Moon is an exciting, challenging and rewarding listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While American Weekend had clear standouts in tracks like "Be Good" and "Bathtub," Cerulean Salt manages to maintain a consistently high quality throughout.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By combining the ragged, sloppy riffs of garage rock with the minor scales of death rock and darker music, the band create a haunting sound that also rocks the hell out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In Home, Off With Their Heads have crafted an album that should satisfy both fans looking for more of the same, and listeners who like to see the band stretch their legs a bit, creatively.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Wavves, you know what you're getting, and while Afraid of Heights offers no major surprises, it may be their finest hour yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's certainly Clutch's most enjoyable album in a good number of years, and any fan of the group's post-Pure Rock Fury era would do well to give Earth Rocker a spin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Abandon All Life isn't a radical departure, but it is the most clever use of the band's tools to date.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A nice rebound from the fan service of its predecessor, showing that even this late in the game, Alkaline Trio can still write better songs than the vast majority of their contemporaries and take them to uncharted waters when it feels right.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rkives is an excellent time capsule. Here's Rilo Kiley, preserved and earnest and hooky as ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because this album snaps together so well with such a varied texture, it does more in 40 minutes than most lecturers do in their entire career.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This batch of tunes has got enough of everything The Thermals do best to satisfy their die-hards (who might call it a "return to form") and would even be a good jumping-off point for new fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TSSF find its true sound here and it is a pleasant spin of melodic punk.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not to say they've been turning out clunkers every two or three years, but there's a renewed energy and focus on Illumination Ritual that lifts it towards the upper echelon of their best works.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Modern Vampires of The City sounds fantastic, but not overproduced.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For any fan, past or present, this is mandatory listening.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of this adds up to another winning album in a near-flawless discography.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything there was to like about Portugal. The Man before is present on Evil Friends and multiplied tenfold.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans who dismissed the band as being on autopilot after Invented was released should give Damage a try; they'll find a band that's focused, relatable and on top of their game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A number of the songs on Talon are very personal and show an uncommon, brutally honest vulnerability.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All the hallmarks of Defeater's sound are here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They’re not afraid to step outside the box, and subsequently have crafted what is perhaps their best album yet, better than anyone could have expected of them at this point in career, and better than anything any of their peers have crafted in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Paul Walker is painfully realistic, openly grim and socially unconscious, expressing a worldview that really, only Kindlon seems comfortable expressing in our scene.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think An Object battles Everything In Between for best No Age album, and while I think Object contains even more interesting musical elements, Everything had more hooks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dog Party know how to make a kicking, moving, genuine, bona-fide rock tune with just two instruments and two voices.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Khan's most profound release to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moving Mountains is built on measures of emotional force and with that emotive drive, it's hard to see this record failing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While a product of hard times, Defend Yourself is a joyful listen and welcome addition to the Sebadoh catalog. It will please any fan of the band and also wouldn't be a bad jumping-off point for a new listener.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saves The Day sound lean, concise and reenergized. Pleasant surprise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Admittedly, it's a huge undertaking to listen through, especially for newbies, but much like Horseback's other releases, it's worth the effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Intersections is colorful but not full of drivel or loquacious exposition. It isn't pretentious. It's just raw and fucking heartwarming. Grab it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Partycrasher isn’t a comeback record or a return to form. If anything, it’s a loud affirmation that A Wilhelm Scream are still one of the most creatively engaging and thoroughly fun and exciting bands in punk.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They stand true to their ideals on Stoke Extinguisher.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues is another excellent album for Against Me! and one they should be proud of, especially after all of the obstacles they had to climb to get here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The set of tracks cultivated here flows organically and with an emotional tug that draws more than just nostalgia. They're stomping on the terrain again and doing so with a vociferous sound and one that they should be very fucking proud.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Die Knowing is not the record that tries to re-capture the past, but rather combine the best of everything Comeback Kid has previously done. Boy did they deliver.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not that they're reinventing the wheel but as Guilty of Everything shows, they make beautiful art out of introspective melodies, gutwrenching shoegaze and explosive crescendos.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the Hold Steady's guitar album, in a discography full of guitar albums. Crank it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At first glance, it may seem more controlled, pacified and constrained a sound, but if you know the band, they never make music with restraint and as the album plays out, Dreyer's experience becomes your own.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a sense of humor and punk tilt, Under Color of Official Right decidedly makes Protomartyr one of the better acts of its kind going on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is much more interesting and engaging than Diaper, but just like with that album, the dancey, synth-heavy songs like Airplane's "TMNT Mask" are absent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Floor is no longer Torche's prologue, and a new narrative where they coexist is forming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The indie-DIY feel is prolific enough to allow the majority of their sound to sink in as it's noisy in a good way and yet, a bit harsh when it comes to lyrical exposure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't a radical leap forward, as with some of the other releases. This is quite clearly a self-definition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music might be slightly quieter simply because it isn't amplified, but it's not any gentler than his usual stuff. By contrast, Osborne seems to be going out of his way to make these recordings as combustible as possible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At 10 tracks, Savage Gold is lean enough not to wander, diverse enough not bore, and certainly heavy enough to smash skulls and pillage minds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No Coast is a record that encapsulates their evolution pretty well, as a record that allows space to let the music dig in to your skin, and also, as one to show that there's no need to fear change.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mandatory Fun is not necessarily among his must-have albums, but it's another solid addition that with satisfy any fan and win over some new kids through these big hit parodies and viral videos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is violent, dark, full of anger and explosiveness--and one you shouldn't miss out on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their sound is fully formed, but they could stand to mix it up in song structure and technique, but that’s being picky. One of my favorite releases of the year and highly recommended.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scientist is an excellent showcase of everything that made Chrome great, and continues to make Chrome great.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These 11 tracks play on every ounce of rage you've ever known. Be afraid of them all. In the best way possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is an incredible release start to finish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's boisterous punk with just enough melodic hardcore embedded to ensure that Single Mothers won't be on any Joyce Manor bills anytime soon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'll Be The Tornado is highly focused, driven and a record that never seems content
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, the instrumentation's more exposed and as minimal as they feel on first listen, the arrangement grows by the song.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP3
    Minor flaws aside, this new chapter appeases the demand for more epic tunes from a band that has so much to offer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is it a fresh, focused and very hard-hitting record from the kings of NYHC, its a fun trip down memory lane.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't quite reach the heights of Tempo of the Damned, but it is an excellent slab of thrash metal and one of the best heavy releases of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seeing that the transition into Pleasant Living come off so smoothly is even more pleasing as it seems lyrically, they've grown, and in this maturity, the experience factor kicks in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hang is the product of a very experienced and talented band carefully crafting a set of songs. And they’re damn good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record will never have the far-reaching influence that Slaughter of the Soul had (honestly, no extreme metal record probably ever will again,) but that doesn’t make it any less of a headbanging and invisible orange-grasping good time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hints at the past of each band member but comes together quite nicely to give something new, something unexpected but something that has, well, almost everything, for rock fans of many genres.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apex Predator - Easy Meat arrives at a time of uncertainty in the Napalm Death camp, with longtime guitarist Mitch Harris taking an indefinite hiatus due to family illness, but it stands on its own as a fine piece of extreme metal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For music fans that like their art on the more confrontational side, 22 minutes of Beneath California on your headphones will be time very well spent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Restarter continues to push the NOS button and races off into the band's new era. Perfect build on the foundation they laid with a few tracks in 2013 as well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a clean, precise vision here resulting in powerful simplicity.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    As the band seems to be more and more congruent with its own pieces, they are getting weirder and weirder. Perfect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For now, call it a calculated risk that mostly works.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The worst songs make you wish they had more to say. Their best ones make you glad that they don't.