Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,440 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 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Score distribution:
3,440 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like art, Vampires is dense; like pop, it seems to float in effortlessly from some place you're sure you've been, but by some trick of déjà vu eludes your conscious brain.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Philippe Zdar handles most vocals, sneering through the propulsive dance-punk single 'Toop Toop' but failing to sustain the drones that dominate this overlong disc's second half.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Preposterous and sensational, We Love Life grapples with nothing less than how best to prove you're alive. [Oct 2002, p.116]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Finds these thoughtful Brits exploring even more emotional territory. [Mar 2004, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exchanging their volatile tendencies for restraint and focus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have created another incredible work and one that finds them again evading the confines of formula--even if it happens to be their own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gone are the prior albums' "tasteful" (i.e., boring) slow-burners; El Camino's 38 minutes are pure thrust.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dream River flows from one track to the next, with a similarity of tempo that makes it play like eight movements of one 40-minute song. But a few moments stand out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pompadoured George Taylor Jr. has more than enough melodic grace and pretty-boy swag to nail the sound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's still something small and handmade about the Thermals' music. [Sep 2006, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The aptly titled Wake Up the Nation hardly feels like a nostalgia trip; in the taut, two-minute boogie-punk number "Fast Car/Slow Traffic," Weller could be describing himself in relation to his heritage-rock peers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ESG's DIY tracks have a raw, unfinished feel--echo-drenched vocals buried deep in the mix, jagged hen-scratch guitar, taut bass lines as infectious as mononucleosis, and reverberating layers of percussion... The group's 1981 debut single, "Moody"... is one of the funkiest songs ever recorded. [Sep 2000, p.181]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near-masterpiece of magical sounds that are both familiar and wildly new, a stunning blend of classic Americana and classical orchestration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Inches compiles them all, from the high-voltage shriekathon "Blackouts on Thursday" to "Hold on to Your Genre," where a churning bass line meets shimmery guitar worthy of a new-wave Edge. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The songs on The Letting Go that flirt with familiar forms... feel completely devoid of his pretentious tendencies. [Oct 2006, p.94]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    UGK 4 Life is a fitting capper to this Texas duo's storied career--nothing groundbreaking, just funky, rough-hewn, celebratory tracks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Marion's approach varies, but his surprisingly soulful songs consistently connect, a significant feat considering we only hear his voice through a Fender.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The self-production here is a bit murky, maybe, and the drums and vocals have seen sharper days. But these dudes still turn sharp corners.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They're still wildly unpredictable--and still committed to not singing in English--but the dichotomy between the adrenaline rushes and chill-out moments seems a bit more purposeful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to its introspective depth, it's equally well suited to solitary listening, the rare mix that connects dance music's public sphere--joyous, communal, kinetic, chaotic--with a more private kind of rapture.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Robert Earl Keen, he has a way with a punch line and the frat-boy fans to prove it--they're gonna love 'America's Favorite Pastime,' which recounts the 1970 no-hitter Dock Ellis pitched on LSD. The rest of us will admire 'Bring 'Em Home,' a spirited call to get our troops the hell out of harm's way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They channel experimental noise, acid-drenched riffs, and live-show spontaneity into a record of brilliantly crafted nuggets of lysergic rock that is easily their most consistent effort to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not the sound of settling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somehow they've upped their jubilation game without making too many sonic changes since 2005's self-titled debut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Buoyant voices erupt in urgent chants, while xylophones, thumb pianos, and percussion create a swirling, hallucinatory web of sound equal to the freakiest psychedelia. [Oct 2008, p.114]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a set of torch songs to do Nico proud--some folkie, some neo-soul, all darker than your closet at midnight. [Oct 2003, p.113]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Us
    Happiness hasn’t blunted his keen social insight, though, as he empathizes with latchkey teens (“Tight Rope”), reflects on friends trapped in the street life (“Slippin’ Away”), and rues slavery’s consequences (“The Travelers”).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Recognizable shapes of jazz and post-rock often accompany Gira's baritone croon, but they're always delivered between passages of fastidiously crafted clamor that's as cauterizing as ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When any of Hinterland‘s nine disco-punk tracks gets in the pocket, the bass, guitar, and drums could run out for a half-hour, remaining insistent in their funk without breaking stride or sagging in momentum.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are even more immersive than the stuttering microhouse rhythms on which he built his reputation originally.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For maybe the first time, the Evens actually make you miss Fugazi a little bit less.