Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,957 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 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3957 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Japandroids fans will be happy to know that Near to the Wild Heart of Life is a Japandroids album, pushed to 11 even in the quiet moments: towering riffs played on maxed-out amps, drums hit with due diligence, big whoa-oh harmonies, passionate, evocative rock n’ roll songwriting about girls and alcohol.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtually every song slaps like crazy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout Grinderman 2, the guitars and violins pant and howl with a visceral, veteran's swagger. Late middle age has never sounded so thrilling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although False Priest, Of Montreal's tenth album, is easily Barnes' most accessible, you can still hear his estrangement in the unpredictable chord progressions, the anxiously whimsical rhythms, and the distancing effects in the melodies that counter easy consumption.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wasting Light is much more than a salad-days nostalgia trip -- it's Grohl's most memorable set of songs since 1997's The Colour and the Shape.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though they may take several listens to reveal their beauty, the payoff for your patience and attention is substantial.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rounding off the edges of its tried and true punk-rock grind with the melodic and rhythmic tropes of '60s psychedelia, Unwound has perfectly re-imagined a sound that most art-students wouldn't even spit on the first time around.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the piano bench for the poignant ballad 'Fix' and the stunning, assured finale 'Arc,' Blackshaw makes you forget all about his guitar and your earthly cares.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braxton's clever, found-sound loops are missed, but the remaining members' rampant ideas and inexorable groove keep Battles engrossing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kiss delivers plenty of unexpected layers, employed judiciously in service of Beam's usual ruminative ideas about good and evil, love and death.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A supremely dainty-assed achievement that jerks real tears. [Oct 2002, p.111]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While his 2010 solo debut Mshini Wam (translated as Bring Me My Machine Gun) was promising in a guided-by-M.I.A. kind of way, Father Creeper is downright epic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Open Your Heart improves the band's focus even as it widens its range, ditching the harrowing, hacking-death-cough stuff and reaching for something more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album, as intended to be heard, deftly captures the whiplash mood swings of a volatile relationship, showing how giddy exuberance and bitter despair can intertwine.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Boldly, My Krazy Life is in the vein of Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, with a developed, knotty and, ultimately, deeply moral narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Drake’s globetrotting is seeping into American pop (hi, Katy) More Life still stands apart. Its closest recent antecedent is probably Drake’s own Take Care, itself a kaleidoscopic masterpiece that pulled horizontally and vertically from across music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Joni Mitchell’s spare 1976 masterpiece Hejira, Not Even Happiness is a lonesome travel album par excellence: a document of transience and half-formed inspiration, reveling in riddles and paradox rather than firm conclusions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over ten songs detailing a young man's despair and self-doubt, he delivers a performance that's both deeply confident and convincingly vulnerable, replete with stark, piano-based meditations and fuzz-pedal-abetted fury.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a seamless, flawless mix that in Moodymann’s hands becomes a timeless capsule spinning across the galaxy to rally any generation that finds it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Bermuda both expands their range and sees them coming further into their own.... Bermuda is ace metal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On her excellent second album, she brings us the whole block.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wealth of talent on A Seat at the Table is well-showcased--it’s among the most exquisite productions of the year, each track silken-smooth and replete with quietly virtuosic instrumental flourishes—and in service of a story of pain and healing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This inspired, two-disc, 29-track set is one part musical grandstand like Prince's Sign O' the Times, one part marital saga like Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love. [5/2001, p.139]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The band recorded in a real New York City studio, with a real producer, Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House). And the songs are even better.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aided by producers Organized Noize and Mr. DJ, Sir Lucious Left Foot is a monster of an album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is artistic click bait, and its genius and connective power is that it doesn’t treat music fans as factions. This one is for everyone, all at once.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Roni Size and Reprazent come back so fast and furious on In the Mode that their record sounds less like a jungle reinvention than a call to arms. [Nov. 2000, p.207]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over and over, these songs reveal how a wisecracking record geek can still achieve rapture. [Mar 2007, p.98]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M.I.A.'s border-crossing dance pop is a revolutionary manifesto set to the victory-party vibe of the future. [Sep 2007, p.127]
    • Spin
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a good balance here: classicist in the Lee Ann Womack neo-countrypolitan sense, yet neither stodgy, frail, nor nostalgic, but rather as thoroughly in tune with modern millennial existence as Taylor Swift.