Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,327 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 Hail To The Thief
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,327 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An indelible quiet-storm jeremiad.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's practically the entire history of the band crammed into a mock boombox. Designed by bassist Paul Simonon, the set incorporates retrospective essays, reprinted fanzines, a poster, dog tags, stickers, badges, and so forth; die-hard fans have probably sold off their existing Clash collections just to afford it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The toughest record ever made by a former mainstream country artist.... If all the songs don't rival her finest work, the arrangements pull them up. [May 2004, p.105]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This gorgeous 1970 folk-blues masterpiece teams a gnomic songwriter from Leeds with David Bowie's future guitarist (Mick Ronson), and Elton John's future producer (Gus Dudgeon) and string arranger (Paul Buckmaster).
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The five-disc set breaks down the album to its building blocks, while the two-CD version provides outtakes and an edit of what the original final product might have been: part tribute, part cartoon, part dream.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fantasy's production is loud and proud, but also poignant and gripping, always hinting at some looming danger.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nirvana's headlining gig at the 1992 Reading Festival looms infamously large because of (a) that amazingly creepy photo of Kurt getting wheeled onto the stage looking like Norman Bates' mother, and (b) the show was a mind-blower--sloppy indie rock as stadium-filling psychedelic punk.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where [Time Out Of Mind] stared down heartbreak and mortality with somber melancholy, Love and Theft finds Dylan taking on those same themes loaded up with piss and vinegar. [Nov 2001, p.127]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The flow is straight-up alien: chilled-out and frantic at the same time, slightly breathless. [Feb 2004, p.95]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel ORANGE feels like one long, moonlit, air-conditioned ride.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is not garage rock; this is art rock. And that's a compliment. [May 2003, p.107]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some songs fade out just as they're transforming into something else; others split into several movements, and poetic lyrics psychedelicize hefty topics like war and slavery. Even at 18 tracks, The ArchAndroid feels condensed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet if Johnson seems uninterested in Nashville's warm-and-cuddly act, he agrees with its insistence on crackerjack songcraft, and that keeps The Guitar Song from hardening into tough-guy drudgery.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sounds as informed by middle-American community theater, church choirs, and John Adams' American operas as any canonical "folk rock" it may resemble. [Jul 2005, p.102]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aided by producers Organized Noize and Mr. DJ, Sir Lucious Left Foot is a monster of an album.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Untrue deepens and expands his emotional range. [Feb 2008, p.92]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Z
    In spite of all their stony sonic exploration, they never let Z turn into Zzzz. [Oct 2005, p.133]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a good balance here: classicist in the Lee Ann Womack neo-countrypolitan sense, yet neither stodgy, frail, nor nostalgic, but rather as thoroughly in tune with modern millennial existence as Taylor Swift.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rounds is a more varied trip, with a darker vibe suggesting the influence of Hebden's labelmate Dan Snaith of Manitoba. [Aug 2003, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since I Left You is so madly glad, it's demented. [Oct 2001, p.126]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They do it better [than the Postal Service]--catchier songs, chillier production and more sophisticated beats. [Nov 2004, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [An] all-consuming a ritual as rock music is capable of giving us, and also as viscerally, joyously life-affirming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A richly rewarding passage through the last five decades of American music history. [Aug 2005, p.99]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout Dear Science, TV on the Radio--which includes the rhythm section of bassist Gerard Smith and drummer Jaleel Bunton--flesh out Adebimpe's and Malone's ruminations with relentlessly inventive arrangements that make even familiar sentiments seem fresh.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Hooky, spare, and lush all at once. [Mar 2006, p.95]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Smith's intentions cry out from the album's every discordant corner--he clearly wanted to test himself, to unhinge parts of his sound. [Nov 2004, p.105]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Scarily intimate and irresistibly beautiful. [Mar 2005, p.92]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Toning down his oddball style and ramping up his storytelling, he drops a pusher’s odyssey as developed and cinematic as any Scorsese joint.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Will likely be the best political album this year. [Mar 2005, p.88]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rounding off the edges of its tried and true punk-rock grind with the melodic and rhythmic tropes of '60s psychedelia, Unwound has perfectly re-imagined a sound that most art-students wouldn't even spit on the first time around.