Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,340 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 With The Lights Out
Lowest review score: 0 They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Score distribution:
3,340 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LP1
    In its menacing incandescence, LP1 sounds like nothing else in the world right now.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given its songs' consistent strength, Rings' extravagant extras rarely seem excessive. [Apr 2002, p.125]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Optimistic, ambient indie rock that floats between the bubble bath and the deep blue sea. [Sep 2003, p.115]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Miguel has impeccable songwriting chops and a deceptively supple voice, not to mention total command of both.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a warm, lightly psychedelic sound reminiscent of British strum god Bert Jansch and the quieter moments on Led Zeppelin III, less a soundtrack for Sunday brunch and more a place to get lost in, though our host herself isn't interested in hiding.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The lyrics explore suburban everyguyism, but the choruses explode like fireworks over a church picnic. [Jul 2003, p.109]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the overwhelming bulk of Luxury Problems demonstrates, the producer might've learned how to marshal all the dark, weird stuff boiling inside him, but he's not about to relinquish it any time soon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Both "Smokin' and Drinkin'," featuring Little Big Town, and the rowdy "Somethin' Bad," her and Carrie Underwood's retort to bro-country, feel forced. These are small missteps on an otherwise solid outing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He's got an excellent ear, a savvy way with hooks, and an untrained voice that knows its limitations. [Mar 2005, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bakesale was the catchy, coherent 1994 breakthrough--a missing link between Nick Drake and Sonic Youth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warm and inviting, his latest opus occasions swan dives into future soul, funky dubstep ("Dance of the Pseudo Nymph"), Theo Parrish–styled house ("Do the Astral Plane"), and astonishingly, Sun Ra jazz ("Arkestry").
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's definitely something welcoming about Koi No Yokan's comparative purity, in the band's understanding of how little they need.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] beautiful if vague fourth studio album.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Barring "Blade Runner," the best pop art by a former adman. [June 2008, p.119]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Stone Rollin's rhythm-and-blues revival can't obscure Saadiq's songwriting talents.