Spin's Scores

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For 3,518 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Kicking Television: Live In Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,518 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtually every song slaps like crazy.
    • 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
    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
    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
    If Tillman's this brilliantly pointed as a paramour, we're scared to hear the breakup album.
    • 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
    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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it's not exactly Leave Home to its predecessor's Ramones, Annie Up is still a pretty tasty serving of grits and sass.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, The Suburbs extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is exceedingly rare to find a producer who does so much, with so little, that he distilled from, again, so much.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A couple of wooly moments aside, Monroe’s third album, The Blade, continues a remarkable hot streak for writers Luke Laird, Jessi Alexander, Chris Stapleton, and Monroe herself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like Elliott Smith after ten years of Sunday school. [May 2004, p.108]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    M.I.A.'s border-crossing dance pop is a revolutionary manifesto set to the victory-party vibe of the future. [Sep 2007, p.127]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simultaneously joyous and joyless, all downloaded beats, downhearted lyrics and down-the-hatch daring. [Aug 2003, p.113]
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    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over and over, these songs reveal how a wisecracking record geek can still achieve rapture. [Mar 2007, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a busy, dazzling record, though more detours--like "Storm Returns," a dreamy guitar-and-beats collage--would help aerate things. [Aug 2003, p.118]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unlike her major-label LPs, this is a stringently stripped-down, dark-side-of-the-mountain album that's near impossible to cozy up with. [Oct 2001, p.131]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are more consistent, too, flashing a certain lyrical swagger, careening from terrific sex to celebratory violence to uncomfortable cultural realities.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The CD is like spending a cloudy afternoon on Jupiter with the old man, his quizzical sonic tricks at arms reach, his singing as ageless and haunting as the ammonia rain. [Dec 2007, p.128]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The follow-up (without Chao) is a more straightforward Afro-pop record, with a few exceptions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rock that's both fist-pumping and forward-looking. [Jun 2007, p.90]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vernon re-accesses that potent sense of self on Bon Iver, a stunning sophomore set whose landscape-painting cover art underscores the idea that his songs inhabit their own psychological space.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The title of the Roots' ninth studio full-length suggests a more fulfilled mood (Obama victory, gig as America's favorite late-night house band), at least compared to the screw-faced abyss of their last two records.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DJ/Producer Andrew Butler mixes the poetic Apollonian aspects of queer culture with the Dionysian party represented by left-field disco and hypnotic early house, and crafts an unsettlung masterpiece that yearns and churns and ultimately pulls the rug from under your dancing feet. [June 2008, p.116]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unlike many rockers who cherish childlike ideals only to fall prey to amateurism or whimsy, Ze is aware that kids are both complex in their inventions and earnest in their intentions. [May 2006, p.93]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Robyn achieves the sort of pure pop perfection that her more mainstream records never did. [May 2008, p.108]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best record they've made. [Apr 2003, p.107]
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