Spin's Scores

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For 3,816 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 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3816 music reviews
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the rock of “Nganshé” to the roll of “Coco Blues,” two forward-looking cosmopolitans (plus friends) craft new directions in urban sound.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    In her willingness to tread the line between the crushing flood of data and irrepressible pop hooks has created a record so undeniably of its time and place (that is, cyberspace) that it can’t be easily ignored.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By seamlessly incorporating disparate collaborations into the fabric of this City, Crampton summons a greater collective strength than they’ve exhibited on their own--and implies that, going forward, her muse could lead her anywhere, with anyone.
    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tokumaru counters the tweeness of his Japanese-language croon (plus the unrelenting innocence of his twinkly, trebly melodies) with arrangements that densely interweave oddly organic twittering to suggest psychedelia without ever stooping to its cliches.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vernon's voice--delicately layered and yearning--gives standouts 'Skinny Love' and 'Flume' their stunningly direct emotional impact, but his sturdy folk cords, earthy melodies, and plainspoken, pastoral lyrics prevent the album from descending into self-pity. [Mar 2008, p.97]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The raw-throated, harmonically rich ballads transcend the occasionally schmaltzy production [June 2008, p.119]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This 53-year-old minor folk vet’s drawl doesn’t obscure his flow, making it all the easier to follow his tales in real-time, inhabiting a husband cleaning his deer rifle or the bent-backed Deaver who watched as “Uncle Sam took away the neighbors’ land.”
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rounding off the edges of its tried and true punk-rock grind with the melodic and rhythmic tropes of '60s psychedelia, Unwound has perfectly re-imagined a sound that most art-students wouldn't even spit on the first time around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best, Fleet Foxes is warm and cathartic, with all the hopefulness of a balmy summer night.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Somehow, these constant flourishes enhance, rather than obscure, the disc's plentiful catchy bits, giving Person Pitch a resonant, off-kilter charm. [Apr 2007, p.93]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most producers who approach the mic do so at their peril, but on Dropout, West turns out to be a full-service hip-hop artiste.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twenty years later, he returns with Upland Stories, and the prolific singer-songwriter has never sounded better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite expert camping, the title track, lodged like a splinter at the beginning of the sequence, strikes as too reliant on wintry rue. But when three-note fuzz guitar blasts answer each lyric in “Lazarus,” or Bowie harmonizes with himself on the nonsense lyric of “Girl Loves Me,” it’s hard to resist 40 years’ worth of craft resulting in so intriguing a record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its stakes are a little lower, and he’s no longer revealing grand truths about life, but documenting once-dire realities from a rosier lens is still a worthwhile undertaking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like The Eternal and The Seer, m b v is a late-period return of the repressed, a middle-aged freak-out tempered by hard-won mastery.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The frequent Röyksopp collaborator has clearly learned a thing or two from the dance mavens, sprinkling Ten Love Songs with the mainstream-minded, four-on-the-floor thumping that should make American pop stars seethe with envy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still the best mix of fury and fluency since phony Beatlemania bit the dust. [Jan 2002, p.107]
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