Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,333 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 Phantom Power
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,333 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark's complex femininity, both self-possessed and keenly evolving, is what makes her music so powerful and fascinating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Father, Son, Holy Ghost's exquisite, beyond-indie melodies, arrangements, and musicianship (the playful "Magic," the elegant "Just a Song," the fiery "Die"), he [Christopher Owens] and bassist-producer JR White flirt with perfection.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The five-disc set breaks down the album to its building blocks, while the two-CD version provides outtakes and an edit of what the original final product might have been: part tribute, part cartoon, part dream.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sci-fi tint shifts the perspective from Atlas Sound's usual layered introspection: Inner space now has become outer space.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ten songs here are a euphoric whirl of church choirs, lushly layered cymbals, poppy clap tracks, and heady psych rock, evoking peers like Tough Alliance and Tanlines.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What once was a one-man basement project becomes a full band to be reckoned with.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This unpredictability -the 25-year-old band's trademark attraction--is what keeps them at the forefront of metal's vanguard, and what makes Koloss, for all its "normalcy" (joke quotes intended), the first real contender for the genre's album of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amid all the fight songs, Santigold's sensitive interludes only bolster her power, her harmonies rendered more invincible for their vulnerability.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the sugar in hot sauce, all the additional soulful and jazzy flavors - pale blue chords, sax-y loops, mellow piano comping - just bring out the stinging attack of the beats more fiercely.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow they've upped their jubilation game without making too many sonic changes since 2005's self-titled debut.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R.A.P. Music, the sixth album by from Atlanta firebrand Killer Mike, is a stunning anachronism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not the sound of settling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Dirty Projectors' best album by a mile holds that balance, all magnificent wobble, no collapse.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Yellow & Green, he [John Baizley] finds the confines of metal itself too limiting; so Baroness dive, dive, dive, dive into '90s commercial alternative harder than a sackful of Yucks and come out smarter and weirder and better than any metal band this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel ORANGE feels like one long, moonlit, air-conditioned ride.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Bet on Sky is the sound of a great, influential band that, yes, picked up where they left off, but instead of luxuriating in the sentimental hue of the moment, got back to work and kept moving forward.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Miguel has impeccable songwriting chops and a deceptively supple voice, not to mention total command of both.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Reloaded, he's written perhaps the most vivid rap album of the year--and possibly of his lifetime.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Godspeed is all about wide-open spaces here. And it's easier to find transcendence in the desolation, to get hypnotized by a single note, or get lost in rearranging the four vinyl sides into your own personal manifesto.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mostly, it's the wilting pedal steel, warm analog tubes, and lush heartbreak flourishes of "When I'm Gone" that distinguish Rose from the merchants of new country's jingles.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although he's stretching traditional, time-tested folk templates culled from around the world and back again, Tyler's vision is both distinctly American and deeply modern.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By facing down the exhausting nature of depression and loneliness (seriously, Coyne sounds so depleted that he can barely muster the dejection to sing, and yes, that's a compliment), the Lips have retroactively strengthened their entire artistic credo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've never sounded more in tune with the materiality of sound or the sonorousness of the physical world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, what makes Excavation such an awesome and absorbing listen is precisely its indifference to the listener.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impishly brilliant 12-song set of scruffy garage rock with moments of dreamy shimmer, Monomania leaves no confusion about what sort of band Deerhunter are: one that won't stoop to conquer.
    • 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.