Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,339 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 Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,339 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
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    There is no more transportive band working in music. [Oct 2005, p.140]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over ten songs detailing a young man's despair and self-doubt, he delivers a performance that's both deeply confident and convincingly vulnerable, replete with stark, piano-based meditations and fuzz-pedal-abetted fury.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A bruisingly great collection of demented 1988-style boom-bap. [May 2004, p.107]
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    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Open Your Heart improves the band's focus even as it widens its range, ditching the harrowing, hacking-death-cough stuff and reaching for something more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What once was a one-man basement project becomes a full band to be reckoned with.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Throughout Grinderman 2, the guitars and violins pant and howl with a visceral, veteran's swagger. Late middle age has never sounded so thrilling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Half expansive, burnished radio-rock, half swampy Delta hoodoo-hollerin' that reeks of Brock's Southern sojourn. [May 2004, p.103]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Instead of the pleasing pop potpourri of their last album... the 13 songs on And Then Nothing . . . flow together subtly, all texture, mood and shade.... Yo La Tengo's tenth collection of warm, tiny songs is by far the finest in their careers...
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Reloaded, he's written perhaps the most vivid rap album of the year--and possibly of his lifetime.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    Even when the music flags, Common's remarkably hungry raps push it along. [Jun 2005, p.102]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The album shuffles and grooves like Fela Kuti sloshed on gin and tonics. [June 2003, p.100]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These Brits deconstruct bombast via bombastic guitar riffs. [Jun 2005, p.108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sounds exactly like what you'd expect. [Oct 2005, p.132]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This time, the band lug the still-smoking amps from their lightning-strike live show into the studio and let the noise chase the midnite vultures away.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Darnielle's written some of the toughest and most open-souled music of his lo-fi outlet's oft-brilliant history. [May 2005, p.110]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She may sing about her belief in herself faltering, but her sincerity is actually stronger than ever. The victory here isn't just that Nikki Nack betters Whokill by beefing up its feral ferocity with more sophisticated chops, or that she triumphed over her detractors by proving she hadn't already peaked. Garbus found power in a hopeless place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Blunt and bratty, emotionally pubescent. [Mar 2006, p.93]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For the juke-joint blues of “Jimmy Mathis” and the breezy mountain song “Comin Round,” he takes old-school-as-the-hills song forms and gussies them up for the club.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vol. II may lack the celebratory tone of its instantly gripping predecessor, but this trip through Guthrie's more tormented thoughts finds Bragg and Wilco yet again forging gold with their musical alchemy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Yellow & Green, he [John Baizley] finds the confines of metal itself too limiting; so Baroness dive, dive, dive, dive into '90s commercial alternative harder than a sackful of Yucks and come out smarter and weirder and better than any metal band this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bright Yellow is the soundtrack for a small town, like New york, where everybody knows too much about everybody else. [May 2003, p.112]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So rewind to indie-rock the way Mark E. Smith started it: reduced, smart, and dirty-sweet as used bubble gum. [Oct 2001, p.130]
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