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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A kind, weird club crunker, Ecstasy references included. [Jul 2001, p.128]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From beginning to end, Caspian use their structural savoir faire to keep things moving, rarely giving in to passing fancies or individual showmanship.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A soundtrack nuanced enough for the rippling wit of Mann's lyrics.... These songs are layered and soft-spoken, to be sure, but also confident and rewarding of multiple listens. They are the sound of Aimee Mann growing as a songwriter. Yet the album also features the sound of Aimee Mann grousing about being a songwriter.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The unexpected triumph lies not in the spectacle of the singer raw-dogging her emotions, but in her total command of the anarchy that results.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In years past, Animal Collective have been cast as perpetual Peter Pans, forever stuck in childhood fantasias. But beneath the body-moving throbs and coruscating noises of Merriweather Post Pavilion, themes of domestic duty and devotion abound.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Hell Hath No Fury, Clipse transform cliches into poetry. [Nov 2006, p.105]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [An] all-consuming a ritual as rock music is capable of giving us, and also as viscerally, joyously life-affirming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mercer staggers from self-doubt to self-righteousness with each song, concealing razor blades inside his caramel-apple anthems. [Dec 2003, p.133]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the songs may lack the original’s wild-eyed narrative, they still contain some of his most rewind-worthy bars in years.
    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Gigi herself, it is a work of perpetual self-invention, an extended state of becoming. Have pity on the inquisitory birds, because it's impossible to look away.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's rare to call anyone's 17th album urgent, but it feels like rocking fast and getting to the point never even 
occurred to Tom Waits before now.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sitek's layered sonics have grown more immense... and almost none of these songs charts a predictable course. [Jun 2006, p.81]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harvey is the strange case for whom a return to straight guitar-bass-drums is risky--it might be mistaken for mere rock. But she has no mere in her. [12/2000, p.215]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Hooky, spare, and lush all at once. [Mar 2006, p.95]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Roots work hard and play hard on undun, but there's not enough pleasure to balance out Thought's business-like, consummately bland reading of the character who's supposed to bring the entire album to life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Smith's intentions cry out from the album's every discordant corner--he clearly wanted to test himself, to unhinge parts of his sound. [Nov 2004, p.105]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album succeeds because all that cold, clinical lab work hasn't eliminated the warmth from their music. [Dec 2007, p.111]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The result is indie-rock as passive-aggressive blues implosion. [Sep 2002, p.128]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Tame Impala's Kevin] Parker's little boy may be emotionally bruised, but his capacity for capturing bliss remains unblemished.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Well known as purveyors of viscous guitar sludge, the duo of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson expand their ambitions and make some startling jazz-ensemble noises on their seventh album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the first stateside CD reissue of the stylistically peerless album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Converge can dabble in so many styles and still inherently come out sounding like themselves is what makes All We Love work.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Lyre Of Orpheus is effectively Abattoir spillover: more mellow, less grand in conception, but--somehow--more pretentious in execution. [Dec 2004, p.118]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Scarily intimate and irresistibly beautiful. [Mar 2005, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Toning down his oddball style and ramping up his storytelling, he drops a pusher’s odyssey as developed and cinematic as any Scorsese joint.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Again working with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, they graft 4AD atmospherics ("A Darker Forest"), frosty power-pop hooks ("Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart"), and Mogwai pedal-effects crescendos ("Stay True") onto their post-hardcore template, which now churns even more fiercely with an expanded palette.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Will likely be the best political album this year. [Mar 2005, p.88]
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