Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 148 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 3.9 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 148
148 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not that they're reinventing the wheel but as Guilty of Everything shows, they make beautiful art out of introspective melodies, gutwrenching shoegaze and explosive crescendos.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scientist is an excellent showcase of everything that made Chrome great, and continues to make Chrome great.
    • 87 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The record is an incredible release start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'll Be The Tornado is highly focused, driven and a record that never seems content
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, the instrumentation's more exposed and as minimal as they feel on first listen, the arrangement grows by the song.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP3
    Minor flaws aside, this new chapter appeases the demand for more epic tunes from a band that has so much to offer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is it a fresh, focused and very hard-hitting record from the kings of NYHC, its a fun trip down memory lane.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hang is the product of a very experienced and talented band carefully crafting a set of songs. And they’re damn good.