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 Sunny Border Blue
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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unadulterated fey morsel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burnside's singing is the strongest it's been in years, hitting aching falsettos in "Bad Luck City" and then, on the title track, letting his voice get as dark and gritty as the silt of the Mississippi River.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Songwriter Doug Martsch again succeeds in striking an impressive balance between guitar-saturated bombast and impeccable melodic taste.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An accessible, if far from revolutionary, work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spoon is the best British band to come out of Austin, Texas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A platter of hot-buttered R&B popcorn, liberally sprinkled with salty social critique, "The Id" finds Gray getting disco-freaky while instigating her "Sexual Revolution," and playfully rapping about her kids with Slick Rick on the funky burner "Hey Young World II."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But with gems like “Keep From Moving” and the country-tinged "Under the Tracks,” and even the vaguely disturbing, second-hand Bowie of “Lover’s Leap," the Creepers rein in their messier instincts, paring the proceedings down to smart, singalong and ultimately giddy jangle-pop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When it clicks, "Aaliyah" transforms the confusion of young adulthood into exhilarating freedom
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sisqo proves he's more than a flash in the pan.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though it's no "Bloodletting," it does make for a satisfying reminder of that masterpiece.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Carpenter delivers a batch of reassuring songs -- about confidence in yourself and the world -- making you wish she'd check in a bit more often.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As always, Kravitz infuses his rock with enough funk to get you moving, and his catchy choruses will echo in your head long after the album ends.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Suggests Kraftwerk crashing a party at the Playboy Mansion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While nothing else on "Play" quite matches the slinky intimacy of its Top 10 single, "Jaded," every song has something to root for, whether it's the title track's inventive genre-shuffle, Tyler's spontaneous yodeling or the way "Under My Skin" continues the band's love of gender-bending.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Amnesiac" deepens the mystery that Radiohead began with its curious, largely electronic 2000 release, "Kid A," and certainly won't satiate those awaiting the lauded band's supposed return to guitar-heavy epics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As unhurried and sonically majestic a slab as Low has ever produced.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    By delivering pert '60s-esue pop numbers with a twangy drawl, and by playing rockabilly riffs on torchy blues odes, Jack and Meg balance their divergent influences well.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Deeply original? No. A rollicking, sing-along good time? Yes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Lateralus" is primarily a collection of puzzling time changes, haunting vocals and beyond-intricate percussive patterns that create a theme rooted more in Eastern philosophy than in rock and roll.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the record is burdened by a pretentious, overarching narrative about "the Wise One" and his struggle with "the Banished Ones."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Its touchy-feely lyrics maintain the brooding undercurrent that runs beneath the bulk of the band's catalogue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An infectious record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The band neither succeeds wildly nor fails. There are only a few reminders of the lackluster dance sounds in its recent work... Otherwise, what dominates are the straight-ahead rhythms that drove the early days.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not only does Marshall make each of the album's dozen songs her own, but she leaves you straining to recognize the original in what she's marvelously reconfigured.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A maniacal slab of DIY punk rock ?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rarity collections can often times be largely unsatisfying to anyone but die-hard fans, but not so with ASTH. Songs such as "Bring Your Lovin' Back Here," "78 Stone Shuffle" and "Steve McCroski" stand up against the best of anything the band has recorded.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Admittedly, he seems to be missing a sparring partner like McCabe and thus, "Alone" often suffers a lack of tension. Still, Ashcroft's unabashed joy is rather contagious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His loving treatment of these 16 tunes (counting one hidden track) is testament to both the rich legacy of American music and Alvin's own reverence for things past.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans will be happy to find Jakob more upfront, and keyboardist Rami Jaffe utilized, but differently than past straightforward organ parts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    "Cuttin' Heads" isn't covering much new ground.