Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,864 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Estudando o Pagode
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3864 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As punk's dumbing down has proven, anyone can make abrasive music, but few can do something new and compelling with apocalyptic heaviness. That Portishead manage to do both 14 years into their recorded career is an unexpected triumph over the darkest clouds that have shaped their art and soul. [May 2008, p.93]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Evil Urges is easily MMJ's most accomplished and ambitious record, masterfully sifting through genres.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all of Coldplay’s experimentation, though, there’s no doubting that Viva La Vida, with its sturdy melodies and universal themes--think love, war, and peace--is an album meant to connect with the masses.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ida Maria throws herself into every song as if it's all a big finale, which makes for an auspicious beginning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout Dear Science, TV on the Radio--which includes the rhythm section of bassist Gerard Smith and drummer Jaleel Bunton--flesh out Adebimpe's and Malone's ruminations with relentlessly inventive arrangements that make even familiar sentiments seem fresh.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Middle Cyclone carries case's unique vision one step further: here, she truly embraces the beast within.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is the alternative pop album of the decade--one that imbues the Killers' "Hot Fuss" and MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" with a remarkable emotional depth and finesse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shoniwa is both impulsive and precise: Every string-swept disco flourish or arena-rock guitar break heightens an unflappable poise that bypasses rote R&B melisma for soul-shaking celebration.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On American Saturday Night, Paisley extends a hot streak began with 2003's "Mud on the Tires," singing about regular life in the USA wit and charm that make suburbs sound like heaven on earth.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Watch Me Fall is even more melodic. Reatard classes up the joint a bit, smearing organ, hard-strummed acoustic guitar, and strings on the unrequited-love epic 'I’m Watching You.'
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nirvana's headlining gig at the 1992 Reading Festival looms infamously large because of (a) that amazingly creepy photo of Kurt getting wheeled onto the stage looking like Norman Bates' mother, and (b) the show was a mind-blower--sloppy indie rock as stadium-filling psychedelic punk.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Cash gone and Willie spent, hopes hang on Hag to deliver classic country, musically and poetically. And he doesn't disappoint.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some songs fade out just as they're transforming into something else; others split into several movements, and poetic lyrics psychedelicize hefty topics like war and slavery. Even at 18 tracks, The ArchAndroid feels condensed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aided by producers Organized Noize and Mr. DJ, Sir Lucious Left Foot is a monster of an album.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from "Lovealot," she proudly proclaims her intentions as a first-world pop star, de-emphasizing found collage and "third-world democracy" for melodic sway and punky bluster.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, The Suburbs extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet if Johnson seems uninterested in Nashville's warm-and-cuddly act, he agrees with its insistence on crackerjack songcraft, and that keeps The Guitar Song from hardening into tough-guy drudgery.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fantasy's production is loud and proud, but also poignant and gripping, always hinting at some looming danger.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sung with warmth, these tracks offer a welcome antidote to her more familiar performance mode--spectacular austerity. They're as bloody and forceful as the battles Harvey references.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This gorgeous 1970 folk-blues masterpiece teams a gnomic songwriter from Leeds with David Bowie's future guitarist (Mick Ronson), and Elton John's future producer (Gus Dudgeon) and string arranger (Paul Buckmaster).
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Diane's songs are more accessible, they're still not easy, creating the Inception-like sensation of wandering around in someone's overheated brain, where urgency and a lack of clarity intertwine to disorienting effect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically, the hooks are softer, the arrangements more ambitious, and 1960s British psychedelic folk (Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan, Pentangle) a far more palpable influence than the Americana that fueled the band's 2008 debut.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one 
of the most overly complicated hard-rock records 
of the past ten years. It's also one of the best.
    • 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.