Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,526 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,526 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This set--six meticulously documented hours recorded before his first proper album--is a progress chart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Abraham's broken-glass belloiw is often matched with folk-siren backup vocals that disorient more than they soothe. Multi-tracks thicken and slur the guitar riffs, heightening both the tension and complexity. [Nov 2008, p.102]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Savage punk rock that shifts and shakes like the bleachers during a homecoming orgy. [Jan 2005, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Patrick Stickles screams and moans amid the swirling, lo-fi racket, and although he sounds a helluva lot like Conor Oberst, this is no Bright Eyes knockoff. The Airing of Grievances is more inviting, fraternal, and widely referential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [Death Cab] have never made the truly great album that their best songs promised. Until now. [Nov 2003, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wonderfully unsentimental, beautifully tuneful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Finn infuses his windy tales of youthful debauchery with a mixture of detective-fiction luridness and first-club-show romanticism. [Nov 2006, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    Throughout the album, Newsom's language is more colorful than on Mender; at its best, it works as music even on the page. [Dec 2006, p.95]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Where Basement Jaxx's diversity used to serve a club-DJ flow, here they let it off the leash, with mixed results. [Dec 2003, p.126]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lambert is still at her bubbliest playing a guntoting, wisecracking, catfighting gal next door who cusses like a sailor, or at least brags that she does, plotting revenge on lying boyfriends and town hypocrites--preferably at cowpunk tempo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Tomorrow's Harvest, the Sandisons' return feels natural. Rather than resort to hiring disco session musicians or citing Judith Butler to add a new kink to their sound, they've done something even rarer in the modern era: They’ve aged with grace.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clark's complex femininity, both self-possessed and keenly evolving, is what makes her music so powerful and fascinating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One Beat's hooks require a few passes to take hold. [Sep 2002, p.127]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though Kool Herc is just eight songs and 27 minutes long, it's plenty challenging and weighty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The warmth feels sweeter the longer you’ve spent inside.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That's the National's insidious brilliance: No other band makes dark and stormy seem like ideal weather.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Welcome to the Dirty North, y'all. [Feb 2005, p.88]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is artistic click bait, and its genius and connective power is that it doesn’t treat music fans as factions. This one is for everyone, all at once.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R.A.P. Music, the sixth album by from Atlanta firebrand Killer Mike, is a stunning anachronism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album feels epic in scope, imbuing the banality of everyday life with stunning tension and emotional weight in a way few producers can hope to touch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Before Today still sounds like it was dubbed to cassette and left on the dash of a 1983 Datsun for an entire summer. Every aspect seems faded and warped, but that doesn't obscure Pink's savvy maneuvering.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Long on cryptic references (you mean you haven't read Curzio Malaparte's 1944 novel Kaputt?) and Euro-weary mood, the vintage electronic-pop ambience of Destroyer's ninth album recalls the days when MTV emphasized music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Playing songs about cops on the take and dying in Penn Station with a hurtling forward motion that prevents the music from sounding (entirely) like a book report. Killer accordion solos, too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a thoroughly satisfying album, but surprises are in short supply. [May 2002, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs are flat-out rollicking, like what Fugazi might come up with if their tour-van radio got stuck on the classic-rock station. [Feb 2003, p.98]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Holmes' Bow Down breaks from the elegant flow-noir of his previous platters by spinning luridly out of control. [12/2000, p.220]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Turn is a haunting, often painfully beautiful example of how songs that may seem dead and buried can sublimely rise from the grave.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fantasy Empire equally splits its time between the physical and metaphysical. It belongs as much in a musty basement as it does in an art gallery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That pairing of punk force and country grit is nothing new, but Lydia Loveless makes it her own through the strength of a blazing voice, a fully formed persona, and bluntly crafty songwriting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Parquet Courts' over-the-top energy, speed, and succinctness makes the combination sound fresher than anything the original elements have managed in years.