Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,326 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:
3,326 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still the best mix of fury and fluency since phony Beatlemania bit the dust. [Jan 2002, p.107]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A raging, ragged Behind The Music--15 coal-black odes to the casualties that art leaves behind and that life can't avoid. [Aug 2003, p.111]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At its core, Showtime is a classic sophomore album in the hip-hop sense: puffy with bluster, brimming with indignation. [Nov 2004, p.107]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both sucks the air out of Dixie legend and revives it. [Sep 2004, p.122]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Essence was lyrically spare, World marks Williams' return to the painful sensuality of the specific. [May 2003, p.109]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an exhilarating bleakness at the center of Virgins--the hollow at the heart of all things, nibbling inexorably away.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neither a timid repeat nor a knee-jerk departure, the bigger, bolder Neon Bible better captures what Arcade Fire achieve live. [Mar 2007, p.85]
    • 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
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like Elliott Smith after ten years of Sunday school. [May 2004, p.108]
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simultaneously joyous and joyless, all downloaded beats, downhearted lyrics and down-the-hatch daring. [Aug 2003, p.113]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best record they've made. [Apr 2003, p.107]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given its songs' consistent strength, Rings' extravagant extras rarely seem excessive. [Apr 2002, p.125]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Optimistic, ambient indie rock that floats between the bubble bath and the deep blue sea. [Sep 2003, p.115]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Miguel has impeccable songwriting chops and a deceptively supple voice, not to mention total command of both.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The lyrics explore suburban everyguyism, but the choruses explode like fireworks over a church picnic. [Jul 2003, p.109]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Barring "Blade Runner," the best pop art by a former adman. [June 2008, p.119]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    They add enough kinks to the old herky-jerk formulae to make their half-hour in the sun blaze by like nobody's business. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's not gallows humor, just the most natural thing in the world. [Oct 2003, p.113]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a testament to both Cee-Lo's vision and the producers' artistic sympathy that the collaborations maintain a coherent, vintage R&B vibe. [Mar 2004, p.91]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one 
of the most overly complicated hard-rock records 
of the past ten years. It's also one of the best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Slave Ambient represented a breakthrough, this one is an out-and-out star-maker that should rank among the year's best albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've never sounded more in tune with the materiality of sound or the sonorousness of the physical world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've also inflected the mix with OutKast's quick complexity; and, like 'Kast, the Coup have progressed from story rapping to more mercurial rhymes. [Oct 2001, p.125]