Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 131 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 True North
Lowest review score: 30 Save Rock and Roll
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 131
131 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scientist is an excellent showcase of everything that made Chrome great, and continues to make Chrome great.
    • 88 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some improved diversity and novel musical ideas make 13.0.0.0.0 a much more interesting listen, though, and it's nice to hear a math rock band bringing more than just math to their songwriting sensibilities.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, with bad songs few and far between, this was a pleasant surprise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Meir is a highly enjoyable record from a band who has already carved out their own niche in the metal scene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All the elements that make Ghost who they are in place on Infestissumam; they're just surrounded by the sound of the band trying new things, some of which work better than others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Tape Deck Heart is not his strongest offering as a whole, but it features a number of fantastic tracks that could conceivably be "hits" and will surely become live staples.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If one doesn't expect the last great Stooges album and sets aside the hype, Ready to Die is actually a pretty good, satisfying proto-punk rock album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Say What You Mean is eminently listenable and thoroughly appealing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A surprisingly fun album in Sister Faith, in which Coliseum channel their metal past while creating their punk present.