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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Where the regular album is musically quirky and lyrically either risky ("Some Girls," "Far Away Eyes") or generalized ("Respectable," "Beast of Burden," damn right "When the Whip Comes Down"), the bonus disc is musically classic-Stones and lyrically small-scale.
    • 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
    This does wind down into your basic quality country album.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A song band and proud, they turn down the boogie so we're sure to get the lyrics, which except for the two Eddie Hintons are laid out as well in a booklet so handsome the habitual downloader may want one for himself (or herself, I wish).
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The three strongest tracks on Waits's most rocking album ever all feature not just Keith Richards but Tom's drummer son Casey.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Every mean word delivers, and with cameos from Tyler the Creator to 50 Cent it's as if he never went solo.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Predictably, Jay's power is more interesting than Ye's, which was funnier and sicker on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Think the patron's proximity made the protegee nervous? Think the patron figured it would? I do.
    • 86 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 (and don't be a tight-ass‑-you should).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Committed to synth squelch and chary of synth tweedle, it's basically instrumental except when transforming Mayer Hawthorne into the generic soul falsetto he was born to be and M.I.A. into the cheeky disco dolly she's too conscious to become.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What it sounds like is the redemption of Young's lost mid-'80s‑-the countryish album Old Ways was supposed to be, neither rote like Re-ac-tor nor static like that sacred cow Harvest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mature my patootie--and that's a good thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    So much better than a Ferrari that never needs a tune-up, muse I. In the studio they're less accident prone, and they still tintinnabulate some. But now they also grunt.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For once drum'n'bass's impossible Conlon Nancarrow beats, which Plug does pretty well with on those EPs, are the bed where the real music crinkles, crashes, chimes, swoops, swells, squiggles, gurgles, cracks wise, and just generally hooks you.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Euro synth duo, tuneful and sometimes haunting, always droney fun‑-textured, beaty lines under an unnaturally high-voiced girly-woman singing lyrics of no importance when you can make them out, which isn't often.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [I'm] prouder, frankly, when this likable size 12 lets her voice crack all over the big fat scarewords "feminist" and "sexism" on an album that gets dissed for its simplistic songwriting as if that wasn't the point.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sometimes we believe we care, what happens in the tuneful drywall of her shambling dreams.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their seventh album opens with a simulated big-pop anthem and maintains that size and momentum without compromising their ability to play the new songs live.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Six songs-with-lyrics, each with its own vocal signature although there's not a proper singer to be heard, and six instrumentals, some straight and some avant and one a loving yet crudely irreverent "Take Five" cover, converge toward the same goal: demolishing your musical illusions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Elsewhere it's just sweet sensation. Succumb‑-succumb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Soon Hammond's "You Smoke Too Much" is fitting right in. As together as can be expected, and as Miller requests with a hint of desperation, "Please Hold On While the Train Is Moving."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This isn't up to The Fame or The Fame Monster. But both of those keep growing, and with its mad momentum and nutty thematics, this one could too--despite being laid down on tour trailed by 28 semis.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their quietest and most fragile album is also their most orchestrated.
    • 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.