Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 158 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Pythons
Lowest review score: 10 Just Like You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 158
158 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is violent, dark, full of anger and explosiveness--and one you shouldn't miss out on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything there was to like about Portugal. The Man before is present on Evil Friends and multiplied tenfold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Khan's most profound release to date.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a welcome, surprising return to form.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'll Be The Tornado is highly focused, driven and a record that never seems content
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    IV is a worthy return that shows the Bronx still have those chops.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scientist is an excellent showcase of everything that made Chrome great, and continues to make Chrome great.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wolf's Law doesn't expand on the Joy Formidable's sound so much as it cements their sound.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Modern Vampires of The City sounds fantastic, but not overproduced.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All the hallmarks of Defeater's sound are here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New Moon is an exciting, challenging and rewarding listen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the Hold Steady's guitar album, in a discography full of guitar albums. Crank it.
    • 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.