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 18.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 91
Highest review score: 100 Older Than My Old Man Now
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Amusing though he and his yelp can be, I like him best when anxiety is a mood rather than a subject.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An exciting, multivalent Dreijer sibling showcase. Karin provides saving shades of humanity by exercising the vocal cords nature gave her. But Olof's imagination, sense of humor, and bent rebop carry the day.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The music is the mild, irregular folk-rock he's explored for decades, graced with global colors that sound as natural as that guitar.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The six tracks divided evenly between his 20-minute 2011 return and his 30-minute 2012 stride forward, cohere almost seamlessly as the album they become when you don't have to turn any plastic over.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's too much of the same on Flair's 25-year-old R&B Dynamite, which omits "Shortnin' Bread Rock" and adds only the very early "Be My Lovey Dovey" to her A list, though it includes all the obvious keepers. I prefer this in part because it's shorter. Makes the voice easier to treasure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He surveys his doubt-ridden world with uneasy resolve and disillusioned, self-deprecating wit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Give it its long chance and you'll find that Cohen's sense of humor alive and kicking from the first words.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He wants to set his people on the right path and keeps thinking up explicit ways to say so. But none of them have gotten near that goal so far, not even theoretically, as they might if his skills included the ability to rise to actual hits, as opposed to pleasurable musicality, and also to sink to them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is how the pleasure principle feels to an alienated unbeliever resigned to engaging the world on his own perverse terms.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The quirky murmurs, yelps, and coos of his head voice, a high end of unequalled softness and give, sound responsive where Jackson's sound willed. There's a girl there, or just as likely a grown woman. And whether or not El seems manly to you, he's turning her on and vice versa.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quick-tongued, lascivious, catchy, and delighted with itself, there hasn't been a more pleasurable record all year and probably won't be‑-not even by her.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The hook on these 14 two-minute songs isn't tunes except occasionally. It's whichever of the two guys who "sing, if you must call it that" comes packing the most anxiety.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    That their most charming song by far is the straight George Clinton rip "Rill Rill," which leaves open the question of what they can do for an encore. I'll grant that minimalist bands always leave that question open if you'll grant that too often the answer is repeat themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Chirping their expertly executed tunes, scorning the guitar swagger good old boys think makes them so sexy, they're a pop cartoon worth more than gold.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With an American bassist on half the tracks and a German drummer doubling Bombino's own guy half the time too, this is the hardest-rocking of the hard-traveling Tuareg guitarist's three distinct albums.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are hooks here, folks, and literalism fan that I am, I say they're most effective on the strictly reportorial "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" and the lost-love "Calling Cards."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    To call this the best record of his solo career isn't to claim it's great, it's to reckon that it's pretty darn good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Vocally, duet partners from 41-year-old Alison Krauss to 86-year-old Ray Price outdo themselves keeping the young powerhouse in check‑-only on the ill-advised showcase does Johnson get to show off.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You'll soon feel how all those slight musical differentials hoist the group's collective spirit, and how courageously the music's depressive candor strengthens their will to be alive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each verse/chorus/bridge/​intro melody, each lyric straight or knotty, each sound effect playful or perverse (or both)‑-each is pleasurable in itself and aptly situated in the sturdy songs and tracks, so that the whole signifies without a hint of concept.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's more distortion, less naturalism.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His romantic laments are models of texture, respect, and profound loss, their beats subtle, seductive, weird, and seized like time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's only natural that this is less of the same, and that in "Void" and "Staying Home" early on he's as bummed as a good grunge visionary should be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    How much you admire this record will depend on how redolent you find two of them: the quiet jeremiad "Scarlet Town" and the quieter love-triangle cut-'em-up "Tin Angel.
    • 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
    White's nominal solo debut is as striking sonically as any album he's ever authorized.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Congrats to Baldi for getting one right.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With a push from Nas and a whoosh from Santigold and new life from their chorusing kids, the beats spritz and submarine in signature Beasties style as the rhymes claim contexts high-living and low-life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The meaning's in the music, which to her considerable benefit shares the widespread Stockholm suspicion that the distinction between pop and dance music isn't worth troubling yourself over, but is nonetheless pinned for appearance's sake to the shades of yearning that mark it verbally.