Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 333 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Skeleton Tree
Lowest review score: 10 Just Like You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 333
333 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it doesn't feel as differentiated as what the band did way back when, when their records stood out and urged you to pour sweat and tears into basement shows.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album continues to keep the Have Mercy brand stagnant and disappointingly makes surpassing their debut a tall order. "Smoke and Lace" and "Coexist" are probably the only songs that recapture the magic of the first record. Everything else tries too hard to repeat the slow/loud dynamic they pride themselves on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, it's an accessible ride and if this is your first rodeo with them, then Imbue isn't such a bad jumping-on point. However, it doesn't hold up to the young days where The Early November were immature mavericks letting loose.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This seems like a minor pit-stop for them and in fairness, it's a good record but nothing like what I expected.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not a bad album but one that requires a few more listens, personally, to really feel captivated. The band seems to be going through the motions here and it doesn't stick as much.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Right now they still seem to be in the reactionary phase, rebelling against the slick pop punk produced for Warner Bros. Ideally they’ll find a happy medium but for now we have You’re Welcome.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tend No Wounds might not be the best starting point for new listeners (that'd be Dial or Taste the Sin), but it should tide over fanboys until the next full-length.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The tracks that hit really save this album but those that miss, really leave a bad taste. Still, Citizen does just enough to get the benefit of the doubt.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The yMusic songs certainly sound like Ben Folds music, except that they are frustratingly safe.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Much like peer Frankie Cosmos, the sugarcoated uneasiness works, especially when done well. Swear I’m Good At This is a solid debut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s never a rush to get to a bridge or breakdown, but the emotion oozes out when they are loud and free, competitive yet supportive. They build on each other, like the Harlem Globetrotters of guitars. And man, when Diarrhea Planet hit, they blow you away. Lyrically, there's not as much to say, clearly less of a priority.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Christmas Songs is a fun enough, but ultimately non-essential piece of the Bad Religion canon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, not as diverse a record so points lost there, but definitely a move that gives this new iteration much more character.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Chapter and Verse misses the mark in the sense that what it tries to achieve, Conduit already did in 2013. This album feels like a repetition of that and loses steam along the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Real to Reel would have benefited from more diversity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As intimate as he gets, there's too strong a withdrawn feeling and one which severely takes away from an otherwise decent effort.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Zipper Down on its own is a single short burst of energy stretched too thin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Apart from running repetitive with no real memorable tracks in the back-end, it's the cheese factor that ends up hampering the show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This isn’t horrible, but I can really only recommend Dead to the World to hardcore Helmet fans. The rest of you should just go listen to Meantime.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What's tough is that to get to the second half, you really have to drag yourself through some disappointing stuff earlier. If you can make it through, you'll find Zero isn't the disaster everyone thought it would be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They had a pop-punk grit and an edgier take on their 2012 release but The Finer Things just falls short of the potential that State Champs should be exploiting by now.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s less dynamic, less technical, less energetic, less everything.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Return to the Moon is good, it’s not the momentous occasion the next National album is sure to be. It is, however, a refreshing change of pace for its well-defined members.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Before a Million Universes is made up of good songs. Certain ones, you'll want to listen to over and over. But as a full record with two centered roadblocks, it needs you to earn the experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Happiness Is has some great tracks, but ultimately is probably the group's weakest showing overall.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Back On Top isn't a bad listen but it falls short of that benchmark they set in the past.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When it tries, it succeeds but when it doesn't, it really crashes into the ground face first.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While some of it lacks creativity, expression, and comes off a tad bland, you do get a sense of what could have been, had they just unchained themselves a bit more. Ironically, the songs that stand out the most here are the ones that ape tracks off Sing The Sorrow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result: an album with zero purpose but worth a listen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    These are songs about everyday life at its most basic level. You'll have to decide for yourself whether that's enough.