Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,330 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 Arular
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3,330 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Few bands this side of Wilco float along so easily on little more than diagonally rendered elegiac noises and severe anxiety disorder. [Mar 2006, p.95]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Heartfelt guitar rock capable of punching you in the gut and patting you on the back. [Aug 2003, p.114]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For a 28-year-old, Carrabba remains remarkably fluent in the language of teen heartbreak. [Sep 2003, p.107]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Repulsion is like The Wild Bunch seen from the outskirts of Edinburgh, a European reflection of the stylized American West. [Aug 2005, p.99]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Instead of updating psych garage folk, they allow its corpus to fester in skronky breakdowns, churning feedback, and... a wicked spirit-medium session. [Jan 2006, p.91]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    She can sound brand-new and busted-down in the same verse, and she sings like a guitar player. [Oct 2004, p.120]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What it sounds like to be sucked into doomed romanticism rather than aspire to it. [Jun 2005, p.108]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Room's similarity to its predecessor ultimately bespeaks a purity of vision, not a dearth of new ideas. [Dec 2003, p.121]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In her tuneful insistence that every unhappy couple is unhappy in its own way, Lewis remains one of our foremost chroniclers of heartache and its discontents.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most important artistic statement from NIN leader Trent Reznor since the late '90s.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The ballads are still as pretty as her fan base of shy piano students and unicorns. [May 2005, p.110]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kiss delivers plenty of unexpected layers, employed judiciously in service of Beam's usual ruminative ideas about good and evil, love and death.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If 2004's killer Shake the Sheets was Leo's Give 'Em Enough Rope... Living With The Living is his London Calling, an hour-long Rolodexing of sounds and visions. [Mar 2007, p.94]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gratuitously avant saxophone squawking mars some of the disc's best moments, but Xiu Xiu's knack for grafting lush hooks onto noisy post-rock remains seductive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mostly great. [Jan 2005, p.96]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Trail of Dead temper their thrash with welcome doses of art rock. [Jun 2003, p.109]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Watch Me Fall is even more melodic. Reatard classes up the joint a bit, smearing organ, hard-strummed acoustic guitar, and strings on the unrequited-love epic 'I’m Watching You.'
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As usual, her melodies stubbornly refuse to turn into hooks, preferring to twirl into new territory. But her approach suits the material, which flows like the colors on a weather map, from Los Angeles to Nevada, from New York to Virginia, gathering thunder along the way. [Nov 2002]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Always charmingly dour and deathlessly romantic. [Jul 2003, p.110]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Evokes Bjork as a Latina wallflower, sketching gossamer balladry with acoustic guitar and oddball synths. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rev's overbaked symphonics and space-case triumphalism have become completely indistinguishable from the Flaming Lips. [Jun 2005, p.108]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The grimy, blues-black nuggets [PJ Harvey] pounds into armor for Faithfull are song-for-song stronger than Harvey's own 2004 album, Uh Huh Her.... But Cave's songs are a little too pitch-perfect. [Jan 2005, p.96]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sure to rule clubs and fashion runways from Milan to Monterrey. [Jan 2004, p.100]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They're better at evoking turbulence than talking about it--efforts to cop '80s-pop vocals are overshadowed by the cascade and rumble of the instrumental long-players. [Apr 2005, p.102]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This time they come dangerously close to conventional rock. [Nov 2005, p.101]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Varied and vulnerable. [Jun 2003, p.109]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's one of the four or five best MCs breathing. [Aug 2004, p.103]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    At War is gnarlier and a bit less tuneful than the group's previous two CDs. But the arrangements, and Dave Fridmann's signature blend of clarity and overmodulation, remain intricately weird. [Apr 2006, p.89]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ten songs here are a euphoric whirl of church choirs, lushly layered cymbals, poppy clap tracks, and heady psych rock, evoking peers like Tough Alliance and Tanlines.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    XTC proudly displays its roots while subsuming them into a larger sound, one that is wholly their own.