Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,330 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 Think Tank
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,330 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R.A.P. Music, the sixth album by from Atlanta firebrand Killer Mike, is a stunning anachronism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Before Today still sounds like it was dubbed to cassette and left on the dash of a 1983 Datsun for an entire summer. Every aspect seems faded and warped, but that doesn't obscure Pink's savvy maneuvering.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Long on cryptic references (you mean you haven't read Curzio Malaparte's 1944 novel Kaputt?) and Euro-weary mood, the vintage electronic-pop ambience of Destroyer's ninth album recalls the days when MTV emphasized music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Playing songs about cops on the take and dying in Penn Station with a hurtling forward motion that prevents the music from sounding (entirely) like a book report. Killer accordion solos, too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a thoroughly satisfying album, but surprises are in short supply. [May 2002, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs are flat-out rollicking, like what Fugazi might come up with if their tour-van radio got stuck on the classic-rock station. [Feb 2003, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Holmes' Bow Down breaks from the elegant flow-noir of his previous platters by spinning luridly out of control. [12/2000, p.220]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That pairing of punk force and country grit is nothing new, but Lydia Loveless makes it her own through the strength of a blazing voice, a fully formed persona, and bluntly crafty songwriting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parquet Courts' over-the-top energy, speed, and succinctness makes the combination sound fresher than anything the original elements have managed in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are interesting moments... but too often they're smothered in a formless buzz of guitar, samples, voilin, harmonica--you name it. [Jul 2006, p.87]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old Ramon is sinuous and unhurried, a beautiful downer of a folk rock record that has the lithe and shadowy promise of the ocean.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One of the best psych-rock records of our young century. [Sep 2004, p.117]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's no mere gimmick. [Oct 2004, p.111]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ghostface Killah's ninth album consoles his hardcore constituency: Forty-plus minutes of gritty, soul-sampling beats soundtracking bizarro street tales ("Starkology," "Ghetto"), with lyrical tough-guys Busta Rhymes, Redman, and more than half the Wu Tang Clan tagging along.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What keeps Murphy from being an insufferable know-it-all is how he folds deeper emotions into his references....Older, snottier, his edge remains.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monumentally caustic but hypothetically a dance band, Sleigh Bells sculpt infectious double-dutch funk from an unlikely acid bath of distorted drum machines and nasal pigfuck guitars.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What could have been an assless art-groove experiment turns out to be a synth-pop idyll. [Feb 2003, p.99]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After ten years, Rancid's still-rock-solid kinship is evident in their lock-step chemistry. [Oct 2003, p.108]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beam has given us his second straight masterwork: self-assured, spellbinding, and richly, refreshingly adult. [Apr 2004, p.89]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Poised, cool, and impermeable, Trouble Will Find Me apotheosizes urban romance and its discontents, where conversations are monologues, parties are confessionals, and education and analysis are interchangeable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's Dillinger's willingness to constantly incorporate new sounds--even commercial ones-- that makes Ire Works an experimental-rock touchstone. [Dec 2007, p.126]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, what makes Excavation such an awesome and absorbing listen is precisely its indifference to the listener.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His deceptively fragile vocal style and skewed lyrical genius were already evident at age 22 in these 13 acoustic songs recorded over two nights at a Michigan Episcopal church.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even more dense and brutal than Burma's early records. [Jun 2004, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Last year's Merriweather Post Pavilion, SPIN's 2009 Album of the Year, forwent such formlessness, but the haze returns on this five-track EP. Fortunately, Merriweather's hummable, techno-indebted delirium also returns.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Fiction is less nervous than its predecessors but emotionally knottier. [May 2005, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    AC are all about the sometimes blissful, often uncanny intermingling of song and space. [Nov 2005, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yeezus ranks as more than a glorified placeholder in West's catalogue, but one can't help feeling that parenthood will compel his muse to even more Olympian levels of bombast and grandiosity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tug-of-war between bristly unavailability and candid confession mirrors a musical duet between post-punk snarls and genial pop charms. There's no resolution, but the struggle is endlessly compelling.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is no more transportive band working in music. [Oct 2005, p.140]
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