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 Rkives
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nine seven-inches etc. plus five previously unreleaseds including three remnants of an abandoned musical obviously add up to an intentional hodgepodge. Still, I wonder whether the intention was to backload.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not "desert blues." Sadder than blues‑-too sad to be merely calming.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This doesn't rock, and it shouldn't. But it rollicks, skanks, and two-steps just fine.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What kept me on it was the ingrained musicality of a bunch of jokers who've evolved into a sonic organism even though they never see each other anymore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What we're hearing here is the Temptations turning into the Delfonics--the way his midrange gives up the verse and his falsetto takes the chorus is as nice as his boyish sexism.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Try "Cult Boyfriend," one of the funnier and more philosophical of the many reflections on romantic frustration this lifetime bohemian's cult career has afforded.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's sure the right course correction for guys who've always fetishized the eternal old-timey more than any band from goddamn Providence should.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The physical and even mental diminution enriches the music.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's less surefire than Culdesac. But it's more satisfying emotionally.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Musically, this is pop without shame‑-her hookiest and most dance-targeted album.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their synthbeat-meets-comi​x concept got over as pop because it found a mildly playful and pleasurable way to enact well-meaning self-effacement.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As fresh as Lisa Lee at the top of the key.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a pop record because its shamelessly hedonistic barrage of proven dancefloor tricks will obviously be more fun at home than in a club.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The placeholder EP is blunter and slighter than the album.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Elsewhere it's just sweet sensation. Succumb‑-succumb.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's protest music, damn right about moral abstractions rather than those finely limned characters good little aesthetes get gooey about, and for me a cathartic up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These 15 song-puzzles in 34:20 are sophisticated amusements all, although often the amusement is attenuated and one I get bored with before half its 2:38 is over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just the album you'd hope from a thoughtful 56-year-old after his band of 30 years breaks up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Almost every soulful track grew on me, with the clincher "Down & Out," one of his periodic explanations of why sometimes he sips and smokes instead of trying yet again.