Spin's Scores

  • Music
For 3,646 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 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 0 Noah's Ark
Score distribution:
3646 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is no more transportive band working in music. [Oct 2005, p.140]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over ten songs detailing a young man's despair and self-doubt, he delivers a performance that's both deeply confident and convincingly vulnerable, replete with stark, piano-based meditations and fuzz-pedal-abetted fury.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Agalloch have never sounded so rich, so full.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her voice is a bear hug in the literal sense; succumbing to it is like being carjacked by Patsy Cline.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When she depletes her stock of declarative phrases, Olsen has little to say about these mercurial emotional swings except that she's feeling them. Or unprepared to commit to them. Still, the good songs on Burn Your Fire for No Witness suggest Olsen is figuring out how to sound--how to resound, actually.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best-sounding Decemberists record to date. [Nov 2006, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Elizondo's zippy production effectively pushes Apple's tendency to plod. [Nov 2005, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killing Time is no breakthrough, but it does pack actual hard-rock crunch, not just sure-shot emo punch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A bruisingly great collection of demented 1988-style boom-bap. [May 2004, p.107]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of course, the main attraction remains his bristling, zigzag guitar licks, which still astound nearly 40 years on. [Jun 2007, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    [Franz Ferdinand's] Alex Kapranos... owes JK crooner Paul Haig a pint. [Dec 2006, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real magic of Currents, though, is in how Parker so effectively (and genuinely, for the most part) manipulates the listener’s emotions without necessarily revealing any himself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real orchestration is in Beam's voice, a sigh so angelic it masks the religious turmoil within. [Oct 2007, p.106]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sound[s] like Prince cutting the ass out of Squarepusher's pants. [Aug 2005, p.103]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's hard to think of another post-hardcore lifer whose return to active duty is so high-five worthy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Second Hand Heart is a whisker less awesome, but in the last month only Earl Sweatshirt’s album could match its acerbic brevity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tennant and Lowe's rueful melodies and vocals dilute the euphoria. Classic Pet Shop Boys, in other words.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like art, Vampires is dense; like pop, it seems to float in effortlessly from some place you're sure you've been, but by some trick of déjà vu eludes your conscious brain.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Preposterous and sensational, We Love Life grapples with nothing less than how best to prove you're alive. [Oct 2002, p.116]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Finds these thoughtful Brits exploring even more emotional territory. [Mar 2004, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exchanging their volatile tendencies for restraint and focus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have created another incredible work and one that finds them again evading the confines of formula--even if it happens to be their own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gone are the prior albums' "tasteful" (i.e., boring) slow-burners; El Camino's 38 minutes are pure thrust.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dream River flows from one track to the next, with a similarity of tempo that makes it play like eight movements of one 40-minute song. But a few moments stand out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The tonal palette is warm and lush, with a transporting quality that’s twofold, sending the listener both to the artist’s western locale and back in time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pompadoured George Taylor Jr. has more than enough melodic grace and pretty-boy swag to nail the sound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's still something small and handmade about the Thermals' music. [Sep 2006, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The aptly titled Wake Up the Nation hardly feels like a nostalgia trip; in the taut, two-minute boogie-punk number "Fast Car/Slow Traffic," Weller could be describing himself in relation to his heritage-rock peers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ESG's DIY tracks have a raw, unfinished feel--echo-drenched vocals buried deep in the mix, jagged hen-scratch guitar, taut bass lines as infectious as mononucleosis, and reverberating layers of percussion... The group's 1981 debut single, "Moody"... is one of the funkiest songs ever recorded. [Sep 2000, p.181]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near-masterpiece of magical sounds that are both familiar and wildly new, a stunning blend of classic Americana and classical orchestration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Inches compiles them all, from the high-voltage shriekathon "Blackouts on Thursday" to "Hold on to Your Genre," where a churning bass line meets shimmery guitar worthy of a new-wave Edge. [Jun 2004, p.108]
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