Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,421 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 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Score distribution:
3,421 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Bet on Sky is the sound of a great, influential band that, yes, picked up where they left off, but instead of luxuriating in the sentimental hue of the moment, got back to work and kept moving forward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    They blaze with scene-satiric brilliance. [Sep 2005, p.109]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Frances explores an explosive groove Comatorium only implied. [Mar 2005, p.83]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While his 2010 solo debut Mshini Wam (translated as Bring Me My Machine Gun) was promising in a guided-by-M.I.A. kind of way, Father Creeper is downright epic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These songs are both sturdier and more complex. [Mar 2005, p.92]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Majesticons highlight commercial hip-hop's yawning credibility gap by amping up the bourgeois posturing to the point of absurdity. [Jun 2003, p.105]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It sounds awesome. [Jul 2007, p.102]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amid all the fight songs, Santigold's sensitive interludes only bolster her power, her harmonies rendered more invincible for their vulnerability.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [They] spruce up their cutesy indie pop with grander melodies, gigglier choruses, and a wider variety of sounds. [Apr 2006, p.91]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A freaky, moving masterpiece. [Aug 2006, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A better record than Come Away--less piano bar, more honkey-tonk. [Apr 2004, p.93]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sound wimpy? Well, if you could write a song half as good as "Close The Door," we guarantee that your girlfriend would like you twice as much. [Sep 2003, p.115]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ida Maria throws herself into every song as if it's all a big finale, which makes for an auspicious beginning.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shoniwa is both impulsive and precise: Every string-swept disco flourish or arena-rock guitar break heightens an unflappable poise that bypasses rote R&B melisma for soul-shaking celebration.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Malibu-dreamin' sound evokes a band settling into their twilight years--relaxed, carefree, and ready for a sunset cocktail. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A perfect album, except perfect is the wrong word for a band so dedicated to kitchen-sink oddness. [Mar 2004, p.96]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    At 57, Smith can still find the ecstatic in the everyday, and she's no longer adrift in the mandolin wind. [May 2004, p.109]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vig both sweetens and strengthens Against Me!'s attack without sacrificing the band's innate Raggedy Andy appeal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As a current-events commentator, Gray's got better beats than The New York Times and funnier lyrics than Fox News.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His grinding blues buitar/aggro piano and her Bonham-bashing coalesce in a sound as heavy as his soul. [Apr 2006, p.91]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His characters feel like individuals, not archetypes. [Sep 2004, p.114]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The rare hip-hop debut that does justice to its buzz. [Apr 2003, p.104]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although False Priest, Of Montreal's tenth album, is easily Barnes' most accessible, you can still hear his estrangement in the unpredictable chord progressions, the anxiously whimsical rhythms, and the distancing effects in the melodies that counter easy consumption.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She's become masterful at painting in the blues and grays of everyday emotion. [Feb 2005, p.92]
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