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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is arguably their strongest music to date and they manage to shoot the most cathartic of bullets at you.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This behemoth (double album or double CD) is an intriguing release which really requires the listener to get involved.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as their attention spans can accommodate the extremely lengthy tunes, any fan of heavy music would do well to pick up Foundations of Burden. Highly recommended.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Against all odds, My Bloody Valentine managed to put together an album that keeps enough of the elements that made us cherish Loveless, while stretching their sonic palette just enough to keep things interesting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a shift-up in sound, the new roads dug out by Weatherbox are littered with elements of the old trails.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jeremy Bolm and his posse have taken the time and care since 2011 to ensure that Is Survived By plays off as not only their most mature and heartfelt record to date. It's the record that could well define Touche Amore's legacy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn’t resort to chest-beating nor does it attempt to dilute its primal metal urges. It simply cuts through.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tight musicianship around Kingfisher assembles like a puzzle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's quite hazy, quite crowded but it works. It really does.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TSSF find its true sound here and it is a pleasant spin of melodic punk.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A surprisingly fun album in Sister Faith, in which Coliseum channel their metal past while creating their punk present.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a fantastic flow from upbeat, crescendoing rockers to gentle yet looming ballads.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Say What You Mean is eminently listenable and thoroughly appealing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Modern Vampires of The City sounds fantastic, but not overproduced.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jar
    Daylight have released an album that'll have you talking about it for weeks.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot of sounds to take in and some head-scratching here and there, but overall, Bemis takes a brave step in a good direction.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This record is so good we don't need to focus on those details. With I Hate Music, Superchunk will once again land near the top of my year-end list.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A number of the songs on Talon are very personal and show an uncommon, brutally honest vulnerability.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album comes off as the most definitive and most complete that Joyce Manor have to offer.