Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,652 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Think Tank
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3652 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best albums from a restless artist who understands the ridiculousness of being a Restless Artist, but trusts that a consistent voice will make sense of his cross-genre meanderings.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first single's called 'Pretty Wings,' but the whole thing flies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 78-minute Spiral Shadow supersizes everything, from song lengths to layers of deep-focus space-rock effects, but the sprawling songs are still built around riffs as sweaty as a south Georgia summer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few of the album’s 11 ensuing tracks are quite as barnstorming as “Devil,” but the album remains gigantic throughout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Jonathan Meiburg’s uneasy high quaver has always generated the kind of simmering intensity that made Jeff Buckley so gripping and unnerving, canny tonal shifts give his introspective songs a bristling, heightened urgency.
    • 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]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The overall dark, diaphanous sound here almost oversells the title, but it's impossible not to get lost in 
the drift.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Fox Confessor] shows that for all her versatility, she has a singular vision when it comes to her own music. And Lordy, it is dark. [Mar 2006, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An often-great set of songs about loneliness. [Feb 2005, p.85]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As punk's dumbing down has proven, anyone can make abrasive music, but few can do something new and compelling with apocalyptic heaviness. That Portishead manage to do both 14 years into their recorded career is an unexpected triumph over the darkest clouds that have shaped their art and soul. [May 2008, p.93]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As ornate and bloated as West's ego. [Sep 2005, p.99]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although he's stretching traditional, time-tested folk templates culled from around the world and back again, Tyler's vision is both distinctly American and deeply modern.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As concept and program, Sullivan's best album to date boasts every curtain call and lighting effect designed to flatter its star.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More prosaic and profane than many of his labelmates. [May 2004, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It feels more like a band playingto a multitude of strengths than the formal wrestling of Kid A. [Jul 2003, p.103]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically, the hooks are softer, the arrangements more ambitious, and 1960s British psychedelic folk (Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan, Pentangle) a far more palpable influence than the Americana that fueled the band's 2008 debut.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tankian remains the sort of agitprop trickster whom partisans on both side so fthe aisle are wise to distrust. [Jul 2005, p.101]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether the devastation of the aforementioned accident has imbued Baizley with new life, or his dual successes in the arts are just making him a fuller person, somehow Purple is still heavier than Yellow & Green despite being a leaner machine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a nifty kind of egolessness about the NPs: They're team players in a way that few other bands are right now. [Aug 2005, p.93]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This guy has written 40-plus albums of material, so it's saying something that Benji is one of his more challenging listens.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The strongest [tracks]... get to Smith's best impulse: a willingness to find the innocence in life. [May 2007, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More avant-opera than pop. [Jul 2006, p.90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just as messy as the Mescaleros' first two stabs at relevance. [Jan 2004, p.102]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every note fits. Every key has a keyhole. And King Push proper would be hard-pressed to beat this small wonder of great cameos (the always-undervalued Jill Scott, sampled Biggie), productions (in a first, Timbaland manning the boards on the eerie “Untouchable”), and block quotes (“I’m the L. Ron Hubbard of the cupboard”) here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surprisingly hot to the touch, Wild Beasts' third album does more with less, paring down the quartet's groove-inflected chamber pop to expose raw burning desire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She simply delves deeper and gives what few artists can deliver: a self-contained world of warmth, crystalline detail, and intimacy that lies far beyond a Twitter feed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though she's celebrated for her post-1960 Chess recordings and '67 Muscle Shoals scorcher Tell Mama, her '50s singles, collected here, trace the development of soul's first queen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wildly inspired blend of tribal rhythms, wah-wah guitar, fatback bass lines, and the heated unnnhs and yeeowws that typify James Brown funk.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kouyaté’s new Ba Power offers an even more streamlined and forceful take on West African tradition.