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 The Covers Record
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,330 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Juicing fragile melodies with weeping George Harrison guitar, frontman Luke Steele is pretty even-keeled for a spaced-out pop maestro. [Nov 2003, p.117]
    • Spin
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Only later do you realize the cotton candy you've been enjoying is wrapped around a dildo. [Nov 2004, p.118]
    • Spin
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For a 28-year-old, Carrabba remains remarkably fluent in the language of teen heartbreak. [Sep 2003, p.107]
    • Spin
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    She doubles the weird factor. [Feb 2004, p.104]
    • Spin
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Goes for basic sun-dappled guitar pop. [Nov 2004, p.118]
    • Spin
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a set of torch songs to do Nico proud--some folkie, some neo-soul, all darker than your closet at midnight. [Oct 2003, p.113]
    • Spin
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Eitzel's] best album of closing-time kvetch since 1993's Mercury. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • Spin
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He's more grounded... and his evasive, abstract beats underpin his vocals less randomly. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • Spin
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tonally challenged singing, spastic electro beats, and boldly nonlinear, ideologically sharp rhyming. [May 2003, p.116]
    • Spin
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Gleefully impurist and highly addictive. [Sep 2004, p.122]
    • Spin
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For about 17 minutes, the duo's third album comes terrifyingly close to brilliance. [Aug 2003, p.114]
    • Spin
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The grimy, blues-black nuggets [PJ Harvey] pounds into armor for Faithfull are song-for-song stronger than Harvey's own 2004 album, Uh Huh Her.... But Cave's songs are a little too pitch-perfect. [Jan 2005, p.96]
    • Spin
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a testament to both Cee-Lo's vision and the producers' artistic sympathy that the collaborations maintain a coherent, vintage R&B vibe. [Mar 2004, p.91]
    • Spin
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As big and slick a rock record as you're likely to hear all year. [Apr 2003, p.101]
    • Spin
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Malibu-dreamin' sound evokes a band settling into their twilight years--relaxed, carefree, and ready for a sunset cocktail. [Nov 2004, p.118]
    • Spin
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As dark and sweet as baking chocolate and as ambitious as the Mars rover. [Apr 2004, p.94]
    • Spin
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A sweetly embittered geopolitical epic. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • Spin
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Gruff stuff... A few rockers lighten the load, but not by much. [Sep 2004, p.120]
    • Spin
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you're going to crossbreed Built To Spill and the Flaming Lips, then you might as well have fun doing it. [Jul 2004, p.110]
    • Spin
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    They add enough kinks to the old herky-jerk formulae to make their half-hour in the sun blaze by like nobody's business. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • Spin
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A Perfect Circle prove that they've got not only good taste, but real bite, too. [Dec 2004, p.117]
    • Spin
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's no mere gimmick. [Oct 2004, p.111]
    • Spin
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    She can sound brand-new and busted-down in the same verse, and she sings like a guitar player. [Oct 2004, p.120]
    • Spin
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While [Quality] cautiously courted the mainstream, he's made mass appeal Job No. 1 of late. [Oct 2004, p.112]
    • Spin
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    They find a woolly warmth and loopy generosity few English art-rockers have stumbled upon since the first Beta Band record. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • Spin
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Kings are probably sick of the "redneck Stones" tag already, but the signs are all there. [Aug 2003, p.111]
    • Spin
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    On these subtly lovelorn songs, his voice quavers with a grounded, lived-in authority. [Feb 2005, p.92]
    • Spin
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's the album on which the Chems relax into a comfortable maturity, secure in their status as elder statesmen. [Feb 2005, p.87]
    • Spin
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rev's overbaked symphonics and space-case triumphalism have become completely indistinguishable from the Flaming Lips. [Jun 2005, p.108]
    • Spin
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Almost lives up to the hype. [Mar 2005, p.92]
    • Spin