Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 186 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 True North
Lowest review score: 10 Just Like You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 186
186 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Real to Reel would have benefited from more diversity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Comfort/Distraction is a good album that shows off how well Broadway Calls understand how to make pop-punk, but it's hard to shake the feeling that the band are pulling its punches in the name of wider appeal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Christmas Songs is a fun enough, but ultimately non-essential piece of the Bad Religion canon.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s less dynamic, less technical, less energetic, less everything.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Happiness Is has some great tracks, but ultimately is probably the group's weakest showing overall.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you stack this up against all the Pixies' previous output, it leaves a sour taste. But if you judge it simply on its own merits, it's a not-half-bad set of somewhat generic indie rock.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Given Morello’s dynamite live sets with the E Street Band, it’s a shame that the Springsteen album with his biggest influence is so underwhelming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    AAF spread all their goodies out over these tracks with the rest of the album lacking energy. Sad to say, the other tracks feel drab and don't translate well at all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While each member's technically great at what they do, once more, the magic from the band's debut seems too hard to recapture and as a sum of all its parts, DGD comes up short on Instant Gratification.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Angry riffs and gigantic hooks build the base of the album and it's one heavily steeped in frustration and angst. Sadly though, as emotional and honest as the record gets, too many songs are forgettable and lack the punch possessed a couple years ago.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In a year that will see an actual new Gaslight Anthem album, as well as Brian Fallon's new side project Molly & the Zombies, The B-Sides can be easily skipped.