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 Run Fast
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though he dumbs up his songwriting half the time by fearing fun literally as regards forward motion, don't give up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The hoarse, throaty voice knows its consonants, and the lyrics are full of the everyday breakdowns most of us survive into midlife and beyond.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are stories proper galore, plenty more than the three tracked as such, and every one is worth hearing‑-always as narrative and usually as music, where Snider's acquired drawl provides a species of musicality akin to that of prime rapping, especially over a vamp.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bouncing off each other like loaded dice, they could make you cry once you're away long enough to think about it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More than half the songs sound effectively the same. Rocking, absolutely. Tighter, too. Tuneful, in their way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The snatches of Scott-Heron's voice, cracked for sure but deeper than night nonetheless, delivers it from callow generalization and foregone conclusion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This does wind down into your basic quality country album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Play loud. I can't speak to the listening practices of the post-illbient beatmakers whose tricks Palaceer Lazaro gathers together and improves on like he's just been waiting for the go-ahead from Tricky himself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Beautiful, especially if you like your beauty grand. And beauty is good.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Horny for his wife but not horny enough, loving her like she's leaving because he thinks that might help, his songcraft is undiminished, and he remains the smartest and nicest guy in his world.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You'll grow to love the queen of Bowlmor Lanes, the Jazz Age gangster who takes pride in his work, the souvenirs of dooms past rusting in the back of the sci-fi shop.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their quietest and most fragile album is also their most orchestrated.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Part of its delight is how naturally the disparate parts fit together, but another part is how they add up to phantasmagoria if you let your attention wander.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Insofar as she pretends her willful pose is the holy truth, she's annoying. What saves that pose is the willful power of a presentation less Courtney Love or Chan Marshall than PJ Harvey.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Although overdoing the soulful melodrama doesn't beat overdoing the suave cool as decisively as the retro-nuevo believe, the songwriting here is a big extra difference maker, with enough pop moves to lighten the overall mood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yes, he nails those internal rhymes. Nobody's Rakim. But he earns the brag.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Consider me converted, at least until Bradford Cox lurches off in yet another direction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Excoriating as Burnett and Hill are, the real abrasive is Flatlander.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    DeMent craves stuff she can "see and touch," but her songwriting makes do just fine with feeling.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This array of whomping exotica reflects its creator's appetite for any Third World dance movement he can get his ears on, including such new ones on me as kuduro, barefoot, and -- from the mysterious depths of the District of Columbia -- Moombahton​!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Matthew E. White's horn charts are the musical development Darnielle has in store for us. But the dealmaker is Jon Wurster's spare, inescapable drumming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Chugging, grinding, crackling, swelling, bubbling, babbling, these tracks don't sound like part of the natural world, but they do sound cognizant of the natural world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Boots Riley has at his disposal a rich, seldom-tapped seam of scathing rhetoric and concrete metaphor and fleshes out leftist analysis with humanist muscle and poetic integument.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The narrative matters on this album, and as always, newcomers should hear Dennehy first. But Cohn is one of a kind, and he don't stop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Just when you're thinking not bad at all, come some songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After I got over my high I began to feel the rest of the album was a letdown, but far from it--just lesser variations on his trick of deploying short samples as beats without settling for staccato. Kind of like in rock and roll even if you'd never know it to listen to it--only to think about it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not "desert blues." Sadder than blues‑-too sad to be merely calming.