Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,942 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Think Tank
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3942 music reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Doesn't build much on the Buffett ease and placeless island rhythms of Johnson's previous albums, but hey, ambition is for the ambitious. [Apr 2005, p.102]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The sourness of their newfound perspective might be one thing if the music sounded any good, but doesn’t. Arcade Fire have re-committed to running away from their once sky-scraping stadium sound, further experimenting with the island sounds and disco grooves that bloated 2013’s Reflektor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    No. [Jan 2003, p.99]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Whether the album’s title is a plea or a warning does not matter, as the effect is the same: The Chainsmokers have one song, and if you don’t want to hear 12 versions of it, please do not un-click the latch holding this box closed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Playing to splintered attention spans, This Is War insistently splices bits of other artists' work into a facile crescendo of mega-angst and ephemeral drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Britney Jean may chart respectably because it leads the most musically uneventful December in years, but it will soon fade like "Perfume," because there's zilch in the way of humanity here.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Amid spoken-word interludes and I'd-like- to-buy-the-world-a-Coke-style choirs, only Lee's innate melodic gift saves him from total embarrassment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The emo-punk angst is cut with little of the band's trademark wit or ingenuity: Most of the songs plod bloodlessly to an inevitable, pointless climax of noise, sour humor, and teen nihilism.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The rest of the album plods with formulaic, hormone-heavy Kelly Clarkson outtakes, or perhaps Liz Phair during her bleak, sparkly descent.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If singer Justin Warfield had a sense of humor about himself, that wouldn't be such a bummer; as is, Forever seems to go on for about that long. [Nov 2007, p.124]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The result has to feel like a studio adventure! Whereas Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was lavishly rich, Smith’s treatment of his session players manages to flatten all human serendipity and rhythmic nuance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Witness is an album full of bizarre choices--both the DJ Mustard and Hot Chip-produced tracks are, for some reason, ballads--that has the inherent appeal of a spectacular failure, but that’s about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For such a propulsive controversy-magnet, her new album is awfully toothless and indistinct.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Here's the Crystal Method with a not-so-fresh batch of rave-rock jock jams seemingly designed to advertise a car you can no longer afford.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Moon and Antarctica does show Modest Mouse willing to change. Too bad it wasn't for the better.... Mistaking subject for style, Modest Mouse has chosen to accentuate on a tendency to drift rather than an ability to write emotionally effective songs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    We get big-budget bloat, lifeless lines, and none of the warmth or reality that would cause any label to take interest in the first place.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The most standout feature of Nine Track Mind might be its rhythmic consistency, an exercise in deceleration.... inoffensive dross.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sir Paul McCartney has made an utterly forgettable, featherweight record designed primarily to appeal to Sir Paul McCartney.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Some songs feel unfinished, especially on disc one. Much of the production on both halves is terribly derivative and some great samples get mangled.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Bring on the Comets is ultimately a bland regression. [Sep 2007, p.138]99
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Kreay indulges the full breadth of her influences, turning Somethin into a series of wan genre studies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Buying the latests CD from a novelty act is like sitting on the same whoopee cushion twice. [Oct 2000, p.180]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    One jaded plod after another. [June 2001, p.155]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Clinging to the guest stars is crucial to getting through this thing--pros like Courtney Noelle provide basic hooks where the headliner's own horrible mantras ("I got so much," "Fall asleep") fail completely.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Maybe the Ting Tings have pulled some sort of Lou Reed maneuver here. Maybe this is their Lulu.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hotel California is inexcusable. It may be the least creative major-label rap album in recent memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A tepid effort that bogs down their previously rugged and introspective rock with power-ballad vibrato, lurid over-orchestration, and petulantly vague lyrics. [Feb 2007, p.83]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Greenspan turns the pathos of 2004's Last Exit into nearly intolerable bathos, with the beats now noticeably dragging. [Oct 2006, p.98]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Turgid even for the genre, Artwork will make you hate yourself for singing along with tricky standouts like 'Empty With You.'
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    His tunes and/or jokes plop out like forced turds. [Mar 2005, p.92]
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