Spin's Scores

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For 3,348 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 Phantom Power
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,348 music reviews
    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A multifaceted, densely layered sound. [Oct 2005, p.138]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His loosest, most inspired set yet. [Mar 2005, p.86]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the piano bench for the poignant ballad 'Fix' and the stunning, assured finale 'Arc,' Blackshaw makes you forget all about his guitar and your earthly cares.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They sound like they're too busy tearing their limbs off and hitting one another over the head with them to think about what the songs actually mean. [Apr 2003, p.102]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Years of gradually opening up their minimalism have imbued Low with the wisdom to make every new layer count. [Feb 2005, p.91]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While Vitalic may add little to electronic music or its various subgenres, he interweaves effortlessly their prevailing styles into complex arrangements that are neither kinked-up innovation nor neutered homage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sci-fi tint shifts the perspective from Atlas Sound's usual layered introspection: Inner space now has become outer space.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Eitzel's] best album of closing-time kvetch since 1993's Mercury. [Dec 2004, p.124]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a record that creates tension from the cryptic and release from the inexplicable. [Jul 2003, p.105]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minekawa doesn't just get by on riding kitschy gimmicks and trends: anything but bubblegum pop or cute rock, her latest, Maxi On, is a deliberate, understated effort that works below the surface with fragile electronic arrangements and delicate noise collages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Goes for basic sun-dappled guitar pop. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is the alternative pop album of the decade--one that imbues the Killers' "Hot Fuss" and MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" with a remarkable emotional depth and finesse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Recall[s] his greatest '90s-electronica work. [May 2006, p.91]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Vocalist Beth Ditto's] temper-tantrum vocals turn tired indie-rock poses into two-minute biblical epics. [Jun 2003, p.105]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though [Meloy] rarely cracks a smile, he finds creativity in defeat. [Apr 2005, p.101]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like floating from level to placid level in Monument, listening to this record prompts your imagination and encourages discourse and reflection. Not the academic kind, but the kind of communal discovery people have been doing for ages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The live guitars and drums--and vocals more emo than robo--give off an irresistible warmth. [Aug 2004, p.108]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impishly brilliant 12-song set of scruffy garage rock with moments of dreamy shimmer, Monomania leaves no confusion about what sort of band Deerhunter are: one that won't stoop to conquer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Godspeed is all about wide-open spaces here. And it's easier to find transcendence in the desolation, to get hypnotized by a single note, or get lost in rearranging the four vinyl sides into your own personal manifesto.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Delicate Casio-toned anthems. [Mar 2005, p.91]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As big and slick a rock record as you're likely to hear all year. [Apr 2003, p.101]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Cash gone and Willie spent, hopes hang on Hag to deliver classic country, musically and poetically. And he doesn't disappoint.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This transcendent debut is the real stoner rock. [Aug 2005, p.103]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tanglewood roars back to life with a massive band, a detailed sound, and a voice that sounds ravaged but right. [Oct 2005, p.142]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Is it essential? Absolutely. With only a guitar or piano, and a voice that is developing into one of the most expressive in rock, Marshall crafts deeply textured explorations of heartache, terror, longing, dismay, and emotions I'm pretty sure I've not found yet.... Rock will see few finer releases this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a techno album, straight up. [Aug 2005, p.98]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Jane's Addiction album Jane's Addiction should have made last year. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rich in minor-key melancholia, twangy reverb, and retro keyboards. [Apr 2003, p.108]
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