Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,375 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
Score distribution:
3,375 music reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Tillman's this brilliantly pointed as a paramour, we're scared to hear the breakup album.
    • 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
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A raging, ragged Behind The Music--15 coal-black odes to the casualties that art leaves behind and that life can't avoid. [Aug 2003, p.111]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At its core, Showtime is a classic sophomore album in the hip-hop sense: puffy with bluster, brimming with indignation. [Nov 2004, p.107]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feral intensity abounds. [Apr 2008, p.98]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just about every song here has a couplet Elvis Costello would be proud to call his own, and the money shot "Elephant" has several.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both sucks the air out of Dixie legend and revives it. [Sep 2004, p.122]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just as you've got Cold House pegged as a way-underground cousin to Kid A and Vespertine, another element comes in from far left-field: hip-hop. [Dec 2001, p.163]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Essence was lyrically spare, World marks Williams' return to the painful sensuality of the specific. [May 2003, p.109]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's impossible to discern whether Mimi Parker's newfound assertiveness as a harmony singer was inspired by, or the inspiration for, this more aggressive batch of songs, but it's this record's signal grace. [Apr 2001, p.158]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's all willfully abrasive, unflinchingly depressing, occasionally tedious, and intermittently triumphant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends almost captures the band's sweaty, live weirdness on record, and it leaves enough breathing room for their wicked smarts to shimmy up through the hip-shaking indie punk. [Oct 2007, p.106]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Airtight's Revenge has its soul affectations, but even standard fare like "Little One" bears Bilal's impressively reedy, insistent voice. He sounds like a man unburdening himself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an exhilarating bleakness at the center of Virgins--the hollow at the heart of all things, nibbling inexorably away.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a decade of diving deep into the abstract, Björk's now more grounded and human than ever, thanks to the two most unfathomable ideas of them all: love and heartache.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They're not robots, they're "robots." They "rock" and want you to "dance." In that sense, this is absolutely in keeping with the band's legacy. It is theater: absolutely sincere and totally fake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neither a timid repeat nor a knee-jerk departure, the bigger, bolder Neon Bible better captures what Arcade Fire achieve live. [Mar 2007, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Roots have never sounded this raw on record, this much like an actual band playing in an actual room. [Jan 2003, p.95]
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