Punknews.org (Staff)'s Scores

  • Music
For 371 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Skeleton Tree
Lowest review score: 10 Future Hearts
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 371
371 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This album was inevitable, and while it lacks the substance of old, it's still full of.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Everything Now feels like everything's dead as it lacks any sort of freshness or intrigue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's tough to get through in terms of lyrics, but musically Waxahatchee deliver yet another piece of art.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Our Pleasure feels musically intricate on a new level--thicker basslines, much more pronounced drums and priding itself with a lot of guitar-driven character. It's them at their most distinct and honestly, most assertively powerful stance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An endearing work of art from a band that undoubtedly have more magic up their sleeve, as they've consistently shown in the past. And as this album shows, they have a lot of love to share, and for us to feel.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shane Told's lyrics cut deep as usual but his vocals have too many treatments applied to it here and come off over-produced. If you're looking for vintage Silverstein though, "Mirror Box" has you covered. It gets a bit too poppy later on with "Cut and Run" and "The Afterglow" but by that time you know what you got yourself into. A nostalgic trip that should be enjoyed for what it is--a look back at the salad days.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band, here, is confident enough, skilled enough, and thoughtful enough to turn this massive piece--two lps of dark-metaphysical music backed by hardcore-tinged thrash--into one of their best works, if not their best work.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no gimmicks. There’s nothing screaming for acceptance. Melodrama is a raw, real album under its sparkly clean production. One written for the masses but able to resonate with each individual listener.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Right now they still seem to be in the reactionary phase, rebelling against the slick pop punk produced for Warner Bros. Ideally they’ll find a happy medium but for now we have You’re Welcome.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fact is, on Black Laden Crown, Danzig seems to have reached the conceptual and sonic epiphany he’s been searching for since the end of Danzig 4. The production issues may dampen this epiphany to a degree, but a production problem in of itself is not enough to buckle the dark message behind the computerized choices.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tigers Jaw have evolved but they're not going to drastically turn the corner. It's more of a slow bend around a hill. spin acknowledges the past, tipping its hat at it but that nod is an honest goodbye signaling a move to newer pastures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is what angst sounds like when it ages gracefully, and this album is definitely worth a listen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Apart from running repetitive with no real memorable tracks in the back-end, it's the cheese factor that ends up hampering the show.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for something that's as moody as it is calming, and as beautiful as it is atmospheric, Slowdive's for you. Just thank the heavens they came back to save us with these eight tracks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This album continues to keep the Have Mercy brand stagnant and disappointingly makes surpassing their debut a tall order. "Smoke and Lace" and "Coexist" are probably the only songs that recapture the magic of the first record. Everything else tries too hard to repeat the slow/loud dynamic they pride themselves on.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DAMN. isn’t the same kind of masterpiece that To Pimp a Butterfly is, but it’s a masterpiece nonetheless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If I hadn't heard ROC, this album would have probably gotten a half-star more, but as it stands it's just above decent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Terror offers few surprises, but has delivered another solid slab of hardcore.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The lyrics are cheesy and uninspiring at best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Much like peer Frankie Cosmos, the sugarcoated uneasiness works, especially when done well. Swear I’m Good At This is a solid debut.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Coming Home scrubs away the band's aggression and tries to get more emotional, but all it does is end up sounding like that perv you'd never leave a drunk friend around.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a solid listen in its own right.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Working again with producer Brendan O’Brien, Mastodon maintains their polished technical expertise. The album is clean but not scrubbed of feeling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time, they're much more versed and diversified, expanding their borders in terms of storytelling as well. Chris Loporto's vocals drive the record home, especially on slow melodic burns like "Quitting" and "Molly's Desk", which all pop with a loud bang at the end, signifying what Can't Swim are about.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Most of the album is way over-polished and creatively stifled. MTB try to maintain a sense of how well they did prog-punk but this is a line they can't even straddle anymore. The beauty that was once there is gone. Voids is aptly titled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These are the songs that cut deep and cut slowly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s on par with recent great stuff by Testament, Exodus or Death Angel. It’s another excellent addition to the already impressive Overkill discography.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it’s unlikely to have the same influence as his earlier work in Guided by Voices, this is an album that is likely to get repeated spins on the turntable. It also is a solid reminder, that Tobin Sprout is every bit the songwriter and musician that his former GBV cohort Rob Pollard is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WHY? remains an ever-changing experiment. Moh Lhean pays off for the patient listener.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a whole, Pissed Jeans have put out the best, harshest, yet most listenable album of their career.