Spin Cycle's Scores

  • Music
For 99 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 NakedSelf
Lowest review score: 25 Song Yet To Be Sung
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 99
  2. Negative: 5 out of 99
99 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Track after solid track, "Motherland" is a collection of pure, soulful offerings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The wildly disparate influences and sensibilities mesh to great effect on this stunning album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pulling it all together is her beautifully rough voice, which has grown more precise without losing any of its raw, bluesy power.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music that Bragg and Wilco have wrapped around the exquisite 15 sets of Guthrie lyrics is much more mature, cohesive and layered than its predecessor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Teetering between darkness and light, Hersh's somersaults have never been more compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The refrains and horn tracks of "Quality Control" are all the ammo you'll need in your next argument about the rejuvenation of hip-hop.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    But, to get right down to it, "Celebrity" is fun, like its predecessors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Part torch song, part Broadway, part cabaret, "Poses" is as theatrical as its animated creator is in performance.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It doesn't really break any new ground, but that's not the point. This record is about Dylan cutting loose and celebrating the richness of American music.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Strange Little Girls" is not a pretty album, but that's the point: the ugliness of male-female relations, which she exposes bit by bit with each cover, is a fact that is--in both pop music and pop culture--all too often ignored.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sexsmith's gorgeous vocals and refined songwriting shine through.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Gold" proves that Ryan Adams is capable of blending a myriad of styles and influences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Much of the Painters’ power stems from Kozelek’s arresting voice, which meets its deep, moody match in the band’s exquisite renderings of rootsy gothic grace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The quartet has cooled its eclectic babbling, and "Hot Shots II" whirrs and purrs like a gleeming silver sports car.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album's meticulous attention to detail never overshadows Jackson's frisky good mood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Pierce enhances his trademark electro-scapes with rich gospel choruses and grand orchestral flourishes for operatic effect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Demonstrates a virility missing from [1993's "Republic"].
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The most introspective and slow-tempo collection in Björk's catalog, "Vespertine" proves to be a rousing showcase of her captivating vocal talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Slayer remains an elemental metal band, continuing to surge on something high-grade and uncut.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A typically bruised and beautiful collection of lovelorn ballads, Raymond Carveresque character studies and darkly romantic confessionals.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hype for the Strokes is well deserved--it's hard to imagine a more vital American rock band.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are moments on this album when you remember Nirvana used to open for J Mascis' old band, Dinosaur Jr. There are many such moments, gloriously ragged snatches of rock.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, the sinfully motivating stew results in a record that goes on and on in its repetitive jive, sucking the listener into the blissfully happy world of Hindi-rock.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The trademark woeful brood is firmly intact. This time around, however, the Scottish duo has taken a slightly more playful approach to its music.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In contrast to the 6ths' blissed-out "Wasps Nests," which included indie credibles Lou Barlow and Georgia Hubley, "Hyacinths" mines cabaret territory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their third release has no apparent monster single like "The Way," but the recording as a whole contains a higher number of strong songs. It rocks harder, and the band's previously overpowering influences--most notably Elvis Costello--are now beautifully integrated into a more developed and identifiable sound.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real standouts here, though, are the ballads. With "I Deserve It" and "Gone," the legacy of the corporeal and spiritual Madonna lays down amid the simplicity of basic percussive beats and acoustic guitar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the best music he's created since his release from prison on drug charges nearly six years ago.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smith's talent lays in his ability, like Tom Waits, to create a surreal landscape populated by crafty guitar and piano work and a haunting, layered voice that climbs cheek to cheek with his instruments to create something unheard of today.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a record that will certainly find its way into the clubs and on to "best of" lists as the year goes on.