Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,928 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 Decoration Day
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3928 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A freaky, moving masterpiece. [Aug 2006, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark's complex femininity, both self-possessed and keenly evolving, is what makes her music so powerful and fascinating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Preposterous and sensational, We Love Life grapples with nothing less than how best to prove you're alive. [Oct 2002, p.116]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thee Oh Sees are always the same but different, drifting through genres before twisting them out of shape, from the bubblegum of Castlemania to the metal-tinged Floating Coffin. On A Weird Exists, they do this more successfully than ever before. [Sep 2016, p.80]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Middle Cyclone carries case's unique vision one step further: here, she truly embraces the beast within.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Slave Ambient represented a breakthrough, this one is an out-and-out star-maker that should rank among the year's best albums.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tightening the screws of his delivery, he's found a bruising poetry in a flow that once seemed clumsily conversational. [Jan 2003, p.93]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vig both sweetens and strengthens Against Me!'s attack without sacrificing the band's innate Raggedy Andy appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've gone one step beyond the underrated Surrender by integrating their two sides: high-octane thrust and airy psychedelic dreaminess. [Feb 2002, p.105]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since I Left You is so madly glad, it's demented. [Oct 2001, p.126]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As usual, her melodies stubbornly refuse to turn into hooks, preferring to twirl into new territory. But her approach suits the material, which flows like the colors on a weather map, from Los Angeles to Nevada, from New York to Virginia, gathering thunder along the way. [Nov 2002]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an incredible album strewn with highlights obvious and sneaky, the rare debut that holds up the weight of its backstory, with the added brassiness of assuring us that’s just him on the regular. Now we know.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R.A.P. Music, the sixth album by from Atlanta firebrand Killer Mike, is a stunning anachronism.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a body of songs, Lemonade presents Bey at her most skilled and fully matriculated as a pop studio maven and conductor of the present’s preferred orchestral mode: creative file-sharing. ... Lemonade the album, however, is out to sonorously suck you into its gully gravitational orbit the old fashioned way, placing the burden of conjuration on its steamy witches’ brew of beats, melodies, and heavy-hearted-to-merry-pranksterish vocal seductions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vol. II may lack the celebratory tone of its instantly gripping predecessor, but this trip through Guthrie's more tormented thoughts finds Bragg and Wilco yet again forging gold with their musical alchemy.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It sounds awesome. [Jul 2007, p.102]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Accelerate will be rightfully championed as the defibrillator that shocked a once-great band back to its senses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Tomorrow's Harvest, the Sandisons' return feels natural. Rather than resort to hiring disco session musicians or citing Judith Butler to add a new kink to their sound, they've done something even rarer in the modern era: They’ve aged with grace.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wonder of 22, A Million is how beautifully he melds the disparate forms--inside and outside, acoustic and digital, past and future, ground level and interstellar. It’s a stunning record, well worth the wait.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No Cities to Love spends much of its running time reminding us not what Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss can do but what other configurations of players can't.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though they've traded some of the unhinged thrash of 2002's Black City for keyboardy atmosphere, the band's Goteborg gloom can't hide the hooks. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Darnielle's written some of the toughest and most open-souled music of his lo-fi outlet's oft-brilliant history. [May 2005, p.110]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Gleefully impurist and highly addictive. [Sep 2004, p.122]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Here they fe-fi-fo-fum with the exacting crankiness of carny punks who've seen it all. [Mar 2006, p.95]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Eventually it hits you just how godlike catchy these banalities are. [Aug 2005, p.103]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The rubbed-rawness of Uh Huh Her might seem like backpedaling. But the best tracks use the pleasure principles of Stories to update her old approach. [Jun 2004, p.101]
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