Expert Witness (MSN Music)'s Scores

  • Music
For 232 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 98% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 2% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 18.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 90
Highest review score: 100 Father Creeper
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Play loud. She's smart and she's proud.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The follow-up is his party record, and deeper as a consequence, dark and hilarious and gone so fast you're too busy tapping your inner foot to cavil about pitch or timbre.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you enjoy contemporary pop whose market-tested blare offends both rockist philistines and IDM aesthetes, her second album is a worthwhile investment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This never takes off the way Welcome to Mali did. But it does hang in there, and rewards attention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    White's nominal solo debut is as striking sonically as any album he's ever authorized.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This one-off EP with singer-songwriter cum symphonist Sufjan Stevens and semiclassical drum'n'bassmaker Son Lux is different, because the primary function of his raps is to ground the beautiful musics his collaborators contribute.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though her tempos have slowed half a turn, reducing the twee factor if that was a problem for you, her melodies are still very much there and her lyrics are sharp throughout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Excoriating as Burnett and Hill are, the real abrasive is Flatlander.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Countering the depressive undertow, that form is both a spiritual triumph and the aural equivalent of Jesus and Mary Chain frosting a birthday cake.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Her male partners Bob Stanley and Peter Wiggs provide reliable disco-inflected pop or vice versa that the remixers on the optional bonus disc trick up with more wit and fidelity than we who avoid remixes sagely expect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These 13-songs-in-35-minut​es, cut half in 2008 when he was drunk and half in 2010 when he was sober, are shockingly strong for the first eight or nine, which unfortunately include all the drunk ones.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's just a gifted kid who likes his weed and his words, which he twists with palpable delight around sparse synth beats musical enough to layer on some delight of their own.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Kind of heartwarming that it's still possible for a young band to rock out with palpable joy about the pleasures, terrors, and life lessons of the road.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sonically, it's dynamite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's like H&S [Holsapple & Stamey] never went away.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The musical craft on this almost sampleless album is so even-keeled that there's no song here as forgettable as "There Will Be Tears" or "Dust" either.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Anticon minimalist Odd Nosdam provides all the beats Geti needs, and when your mind wanders, quite often the music alone carries you along.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though half are also on La Condition Masculine, which is generally deemed Bebey's best album, this selection is hookier from the just-released "New Track," whose subject is white starchy foods, to "The Coffee Cola Song," whose subject is the cash economy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These grooves vary structurally‑-hooked​ by a bass drone, an insistent drum pattern, some fetching keyb. And they always move.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In short, this rocks differently in a year when it's been hard to use that verb without reflecting on the mortality of all things.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mature my patootie--and that's a good thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though capable lead vocalist Ricky Likabu and startling high tenor Theo Nzonza don't soar on record the way they do live, both lift audibly out of the wheeled conveyances from which a gang of polio survivors articulated their humanity and launched their inspired hustle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They add up to a song cycle with a happy ending--the joy of which may grow in wisdom or crumble back toward nothingness tomorrow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The understated beats suit their elysian equanimity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After more time than anyone from either camp will be inclined to give it, the album takes on a compelling, sui generis sonic identity, at least for someone from the blues side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She's slightly slower and considerably more melodramatic, as is only appropriate. Other times the melodrama appears merely the organic outcome of a larger-than-life voice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    DeMent craves stuff she can "see and touch," but her songwriting makes do just fine with feeling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's major now, and musically, this locks in top to bottom.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Between speed of delivery and brevity of line, Sandman's nonstop tunefulness here tends jingly no matter how gritty his flow.