Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,330 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Think Tank
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,330 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unlike many rockers who cherish childlike ideals only to fall prey to amateurism or whimsy, Ze is aware that kids are both complex in their inventions and earnest in their intentions. [May 2006, p.93]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pink showcases every sound Boris can make.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Barring "Blade Runner," the best pop art by a former adman. [June 2008, p.119]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The rare hip-hop debut that does justice to its buzz. [Apr 2003, p.104]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They do it better [than the Postal Service]--catchier songs, chillier production and more sophisticated beats. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rounds is a more varied trip, with a darker vibe suggesting the influence of Hebden's labelmate Dan Snaith of Manitoba. [Aug 2003, p.118]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Savage punk rock that shifts and shakes like the bleachers during a homecoming orgy. [Jan 2005, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For the juke-joint blues of “Jimmy Mathis” and the breezy mountain song “Comin Round,” he takes old-school-as-the-hills song forms and gussies them up for the club.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A richly rewarding passage through the last five decades of American music history. [Aug 2005, p.99]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bright Yellow is the soundtrack for a small town, like New york, where everybody knows too much about everybody else. [May 2003, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They clearly prize improvisation and spontaneity; the songs always sound like they were written this morning, refined over lunch, and recorded in time for happy hour. [Jan 2004, p.103]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best record they've made. [Apr 2003, p.107]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Playfully sleazy, creatively reckless, and ridiculously, abstrusely, hyper-generously funky. [Jan 2004, p.95]
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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.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sound wimpy? Well, if you could write a song half as good as "Close The Door," we guarantee that your girlfriend would like you twice as much. [Sep 2003, p.115]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Amazing Grace is at peak moments an amazingly graceful representation of MC5/Stooges skid marks on a psychedelic superhighway. [Oct 2003, p.112]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A Kleenex-grabbing, chain-smoking, staring-out-the-window, in-bed-for-days breakup record. [Jun 2004, p.106]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Finds these thoughtful Brits exploring even more emotional territory. [Mar 2004, p.96]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's one of the four or five best MCs breathing. [Aug 2004, p.103]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A dark, emotionally intense record, best experienced on headphones. [Jan 2004, p.97]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Good records from the Descendents and Bad Religion in one year? Joe Strummer's ghost must be keeping close watch. [Jul 2004, p.110]
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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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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Room's similarity to its predecessor ultimately bespeaks a purity of vision, not a dearth of new ideas. [Dec 2003, p.121]
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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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An atavistic orgy of recycled riffs and lifelong obsessions. [Sep 2004, p.120]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A jaw-dropping act of artistic will and a fiery, proper follow-up to 1994's Live Through This. [Mar 2004, p.89]
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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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