Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,929 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: 70
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3929 music reviews
    • 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
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wonder of 22, A Million is how beautifully he melds the disparate forms--inside and outside, acoustic and digital, past and future, ground level and interstellar. It’s a stunning record, well worth the wait.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    With Simpson self-producing Earth, and with the Dap-Kings always ready to land on the one with a bari-sax skronk, it feels like a Nashville album that’s been dudded up and funked out.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    So assured of its luxuriance that it clocks in at a trim 46 minutes, blackSUMMERS’night nonetheless leaves one sated. This distillation is purest Maxwell.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Teens of Denial is an album that works until it doesn’t. That moment will come at a different time for every listener.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of the drone bagatelles, though masterfully realized, break Gas’s signature hypnosis and could be mistaken for any number of Kompakt artists rather than being unmistakably his. But at best, Narkopop faithfully upgrades Gas’s murky fundamentals to HD.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    He’s separated from some of his R&B peers, fellows who douse themselves with sorrow and express their angst through detached, self-centered screeds obsessed with how things should be. Sampha, meanwhile, has an uncanny ability to eloquently express the painful facts of life that we learn to internalize. ... What makes Process exceptional is its delicate focus on relationships corroded and fissured by time and unintentional neglect.
    • 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.