Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 151 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 True North
Lowest review score: 20 Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 151
151 music reviews
    • 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.