Spin's Scores

  • Music
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 With The Lights Out
Lowest review score: 0 They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Score distribution:
3,348 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Here they fe-fi-fo-fum with the exacting crankiness of carny punks who've seen it all. [Mar 2006, p.95]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the sugar in hot sauce, all the additional soulful and jazzy flavors - pale blue chords, sax-y loops, mellow piano comping - just bring out the stinging attack of the beats more fiercely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Juicing fragile melodies with weeping George Harrison guitar, frontman Luke Steele is pretty even-keeled for a spaced-out pop maestro. [Nov 2003, p.117]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As dark and sweet as baking chocolate and as ambitious as the Mars rover. [Apr 2004, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braxton's clever, found-sound loops are missed, but the remaining members' rampant ideas and inexorable groove keep Battles engrossing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The swollen, baroque-pop arrangements... may ruffle the band's more delicate followers. But the songs are always smart, and it's the music-librarian's humor that helps keep things from slipping into the maudlin. [Nov 2003, p.109]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
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    Merritt's wordplay has never been slicker. [Jun 2004, p.105]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Young-ian guitar stutter remains intact. [Mar 2005, p.92]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Accelerate will be rightfully championed as the defibrillator that shocked a once-great band back to its senses.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wasting Light is much more than a salad-days nostalgia trip -- it's Grohl's most memorable set of songs since 1997's The Colour and the Shape.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He cross-fades scratch solos and oddball sound bites like he's trying to win a DJ battle and top the Down Beat poll at the same time. [Jan 2004, p.100]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Most of Fortune's tunes revolve around love and politics, which McArdle nails with a combination of wit, cynicism and sorrow. [Nov 2004, p.117]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On American Saturday Night, Paisley extends a hot streak began with 2003's "Mud on the Tires," singing about regular life in the USA wit and charm that make suburbs sound like heaven on earth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Crimson... still has its share of macabre wordplay... but the real attraction here is the music, which sounds just as dramatic as the imagery. [Jun 2005, p.105]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Quasi sound feistier than they have in years. [Nov 2003, p.114]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though they've traded some of the unhinged thrash of 2002's Black City for keyboardy atmosphere, the band's Goteborg gloom can't hide the hooks. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is music to play in dark, velvety, womblike bars; this is music to play while buying cigarettes; this is music for well-dressed poor people. [May 2003, p.109]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Totally grimy. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A warm and deeply engaging snapshot of fractured relationships and existential dread. [Aug 2003, p.116]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Cryptic and cutting. [Aug 2004, p.108]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The rapper's inborn goofiness just gives his words more bite. [Mar 2005, p.85]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You just wonder how songs this miserable can sound so excruciatingly gorgeous. [Jul 2005, p.104]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rife with acid-burn guitars, levee-breaking drums, and vocals that recall Peter Gabriel at his wooziest. [Feb 2006, p.87]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Frontman Ricky Wilson is an average singer but an extraordinary melodist. [May 2005, p.102]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unerringly lovely, but best when the drums heat up. [Feb 2006, p.87]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This inspired, two-disc, 29-track set is one part musical grandstand like Prince's Sign O' the Times, one part marital saga like Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love. [5/2001, p.139]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This unpredictability -the 25-year-old band's trademark attraction--is what keeps them at the forefront of metal's vanguard, and what makes Koloss, for all its "normalcy" (joke quotes intended), the first real contender for the genre's album of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By facing down the exhausting nature of depression and loneliness (seriously, Coyne sounds so depleted that he can barely muster the dejection to sing, and yes, that's a compliment), the Lips have retroactively strengthened their entire artistic credo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [They] up the theater-major quotient. [Apr 2006, p.91]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Emo kids, hold your heads: An Eminem you can call your own is on line one. [Apr 2003, p.107]
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