Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,956 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 De-Loused In The Comatorium
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3956 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
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    The Von Bondies' calling card is the urgency of [Jason] Stollsteimer's voice as it sands down the shop-worn chord progressions. [Mar 2004, p.92]
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    • 80 Metascore
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    Pig Lib is both the loopiest music Malkmus has ever made and the most direct. [Apr 2003, p.104]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mix[es] xylophones, spaghetti-Western trumpets, and quirky trick guitars to sweeping effect. [Jun 2003, p.109]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A raging, ragged Behind The Music--15 coal-black odes to the casualties that art leaves behind and that life can't avoid. [Aug 2003, p.111]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album shuffles and grooves like Fela Kuti sloshed on gin and tonics. [June 2003, p.100]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Frances explores an explosive groove Comatorium only implied. [Mar 2005, p.83]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Delicate Casio-toned anthems. [Mar 2005, p.91]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    In spite of all their stony sonic exploration, they never let Z turn into Zzzz. [Oct 2005, p.133]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Jane's Addiction album Jane's Addiction should have made last year. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An atavistic orgy of recycled riffs and lifelong obsessions. [Sep 2004, p.120]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is the album Metallica lifers have been waiting for: an inspired return to the complex savagery of old. [Jul 2003, p.109]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His grinding blues buitar/aggro piano and her Bonham-bashing coalesce in a sound as heavy as his soul. [Apr 2006, p.91]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Scarily intimate and irresistibly beautiful. [Mar 2005, p.92]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like Elliott Smith after ten years of Sunday school. [May 2004, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A perfect album, except perfect is the wrong word for a band so dedicated to kitchen-sink oddness. [Mar 2004, p.96]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What it sounds like to be sucked into doomed romanticism rather than aspire to it. [Jun 2005, p.108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This time, the band lug the still-smoking amps from their lightning-strike live show into the studio and let the noise chase the midnite vultures away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    AC are all about the sometimes blissful, often uncanny intermingling of song and space. [Nov 2005, p.98]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [A] cosmos-goosing masterwork. [Jul 2005, p.104]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lets you better appreciate his knack for weaving glorious pop songs out of change-ups and mixed signals. [Jul 2004, p.109]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She's become masterful at painting in the blues and grays of everyday emotion. [Feb 2005, p.92]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Whether Eleanor echoes her grandmother or provides a less mature counterpoint, her gravity melds with Sarantos' gusto for a dissonance that's never entirely discordant. [Nov 2005, p.100]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best record they've made. [Apr 2003, p.107]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's not gallows humor, just the most natural thing in the world. [Oct 2003, p.113]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They sound like they're too busy tearing their limbs off and hitting one another over the head with them to think about what the songs actually mean. [Apr 2003, p.102]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There isn't a tune on No Cities Left, the Dears' gorgeous second album, that's not pitched at a minor state of emergency. [Jan 2005, p.99]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A fresh, literate blast of nuanced screamers and mid-tempo heart purging. [Aug 2003, p.119]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sounds as informed by middle-American community theater, church choirs, and John Adams' American operas as any canonical "folk rock" it may resemble. [Jul 2005, p.102]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a nifty kind of egolessness about the NPs: They're team players in a way that few other bands are right now. [Aug 2005, p.93]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Years of gradually opening up their minimalism have imbued Low with the wisdom to make every new layer count. [Feb 2005, p.91]
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