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 Shaking the Habitual
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The tunes are Dawson's because Ae-Rock doesn't do tunes, but his beats beef up those tunes just like his gruff, clotted flow beefs up her itty-bitty soprano.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Re-examining his past, he imagines a future you can hum in your mind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The riot godmotherrr commands pretty much the same old skinny soprano, only with soft edges that sound tender or thoughtful sometimes.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despair is very much with us. It'll blow up before it recedes. And this music is intensely committed to escaping it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No matter how cleverly he's rhyming, which varies, he could use subject matter beyond married-to-the-game and his traditional obsessions. But with Shady in the shadows, rarely are these themes lifted by Em's long-recessive sense of play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A succession of enjoyable songs with plenty to offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With beats this straight and stolid, you'd better keep the anthems coming, and they do, almost.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The catch is that through all her generalizations it soon becomes clear that she needs that guy much more than a postmodern girl is supposed to. Too bad she can't pin it down and also can't pin him down. I blame the weed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Some will surely find this preachy, yucky, or technologically compromised. I'm just happy I can say amen.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Conceive it as DJ electronica that makes its point, starting all partial and halting before gathering itself to a properly modest climax. Except that it's played by a live band. And has OK lyrics. Smart, nothing‑-pretty darned intelligent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The thematic attack here is pretty surgical, cutting most of the time to the gangsta life he's so glad he sidestepped as a youth. The individual pieces are well-defined by his muzzy standards.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even in their overwork, however, they evince an effort that bears a remarkable resemblance to care‑-that is, to caring in the best, broadest, and most emotional sense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    Yet as mere listening the best songs here‑-especially "Fish Paste" and the signature "Enter the Ninja"‑-convey the disturbing comic character Watkin Tudor "Waddy" Jones has created.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not terribly beaty and almost never fast. Just the kind of weird background music that's guaranteed to engross whenever you lend it both ears.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If the verse-chorus-verse of these gorgeously understated, quiet but hardly grooveless artsongs makes your teeth hurt, Grizzly Bear will give you something to suck on any year now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lynn still owns the songs, but she's pleased as pie to lend them out, and they come back to her lovingly countrified even when the borrower is Hayley Williams, of Paramore and Franklin, Tennessee, who acts naturally over an acoustic guitar and should give Jack White lessons.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From "Don't F***ing Tell Me What to Do" to "We Dance to the Beat," her songwriting in that vein is as strong as anybody's. Scattered across her three 2010 CDs is one great album. How I wish this was it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yes, he nails those internal rhymes. Nobody's Rakim. But he earns the brag.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As they add the quaver of age to Andy Gill's slashes and modernize Jon King's animadversions with cellphone photos, comparison with the 20-year-old Mall quickly reveals how blessed the mainstays are in drummer Mark Heaney, who in the great tradition of Marky Ramone has both the musical sense to respect Hugo Burnham's simplicity and the historical savvy not to attempt an anachronistic replication.
    • 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.
    • 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​!
    • 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).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Saigon don't play. He's a social realist and a realist moralist who makes his seriousness work for him.