Absolute Punk (Staff reviews)'s Scores

  • Music
For 811 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 81
Highest review score: 100 Ixora
Lowest review score: 5 Fashionably Late
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 811
811 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    With The White Album, Weezer solidify their place as a more-than-capable modern pop-rock band.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s dynamic and unpredictable while also being Into It. Over It.’s most focused work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallon's story is far from finished. This guy is one of the best songwriters of his generation, in any genre, and if his future albums--solo or not--are as full of pleasures as Painkillers, we have nothing to worry about
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Potential runtime issues aside, Rot Forever is a great record.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In a word, Pablo is fun, and it’s fun in a way that a Kanye album hasn’t been in nearly a decade, since Graduation’s pop-rap coup marked his commercial peak.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    EVOL is one of if not the best project Future has under his name, and while it may not feel as grandiose and capital I Important as DS2 in his legacy, it pushes his sound forward while he continues to stretch himself as an MC, songwriter, and lyricist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The band has eclipsed the success of their debut record, creating the first masterpiece of the year and a record that will remain one for years to come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    For being an easy album to just listen to, Pool is not easy to break down.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While the lyrics are what everyone will talk about, it’s Hall’s voice that makes them work. That insistent yelp, straining to create melody without being beholden to it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The songwriting on Pawn Shop is solid and varied, ranging from big road trip anthems like "American Crazy" to swampy groovers like "Dirt Rich." But it's the musicianship that really sets these guys apart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simply put, Death of a Bachelor is exactly the hot mess it wants to be. It’s been a while since I’ve heard an album that’s so divisive in its quality, so manic on one end and so lazy on the other.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When Future gets into the sweet spot with a trusty producer behind the boards there's nothing stopping him, and Beast Mode only further solidifies that with some of his strongest tracks to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The recorded calls between Ty and his brother that crop up repeatedly develop their characters while the story, for T.C. at least, remains stagnant. Free T.C. places an emphasis on the intimate, human relationship between these two men.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's clear that they've tapped into something special with this new lineup and that from the tragic events they suffered through they've been able to reemerge bigger and badder than ever. Purple is their finest hour yet
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What a remarkable debut it is: artists rarely arrive this fully formed, this self-assured, or this seasoned in their craft.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    There are a few good songs, but A Head Full of Dreams is disappointing because it's the first Coldplay album in awhile that is distinctly less than the sum of its parts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
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    By broadening the themes, growing up a bit, and going deeper, 25 hits upon some truly transcendent moments—moments that deserve the millions of lives they'll soundtrack. It's just hard to fully praise an album that stops feeling like an album three-quarters of the way through.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    This album is mostly just a fun side project for the band before they start plugging away at the next full length, and it should be taken as such.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Purpose focused on the excursions into global dance sounds that earned him popularity outside the insular Belieber fandom, it might have been one of the best pop records of the year and alleviated some of the headaches induced by his lyrical persona. It certainly doesn't help that Purpose is another entry in an ever growing catalog of big tent releases that relegates some of its best tracks to bonus track status.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With strong songwriting, restrained arrangements, potent vocal work, and terrific production from Jay Joyce, Mr. Misunderstood is a deep, nuanced album that will appeal to fans of folk, country, or rock and roll in equal measure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Art Angels is us listening to personal triumph. Grimes has found her voice literally through the music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Much like The World Is A Beautiful Place... and their new record Harmlessness, Foxing have set a new standard with Dealer not just for emo, but for indie and alternative rock across the board.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For all its flaws, Beach Slang’s debut is a fun and absolutely engaging listen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Return to the Moon is far from disappointing. More accurately, it is a scattershot collection of unique sonic experiments and National-esque B-sides that are unlikely to sway opinions of Berninger's primary outlet either way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While State Champs is not necessarily reinventing the idea of what it means to be a pop punk band, they’ve sure as hell perfected it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The heart and intent behind the lyrics and music, the effort so clearly put forth is what is supposed to translate and it does. Most of the growth on this record comes in the form of more textured and dynamic instrumentals, and glossy, but not necessarily overtly “made for radio” production.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The best thing that can be said for the majority of this record is that it sounds great.... The problem is, Green's songwriting here simply isn't up to par with the artists he's trying to imitate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Long Live offers few surprises, but that really isn't an issue when what is offered this time around is really something great. If you're a fan of the band's discography through 2007's Lead Sails Paper Anchors, chances are you're going to really like this record.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Taking their sound into a much darker (and riffier) realm comes as a bit of a surprise, but the band pulls it off with such excellence and grace that the shift isn't even jarring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    No one really knew what to expect out of this project, and I think it's safe to say that Permanence exceeds expectations.