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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Reminds me of a painter pal who in the '60s did a whole slipcase of polarized bicolor sex silkscreens--some lovely, some gross, all yummy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Red
    I like the feisty ones, as I generally do. But "Begin Again" and especially "Stay Stay Stay" stay happy and hit just as hard.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The atmospheric beats Dr. Dre and his hirelings lay under the raps and choruses establish musical continuity, shoring up a nervous flow that's just what Lamar's rhymes need.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On his fourth and least austere album ventures into songlike territory without ever enlisting a vocalist, although vocal sounds do enter the mix.
    • 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
    They add muscle to their sound and lose a smidgen of edge in their writing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Almost nothing here dips to ordinary. And beats or not, one reason is that the rapper's rough clarity is musical bedrock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's more space in these tracks, and unlikely hints of sweetening both orchestral and distaff that come as laugh moments whether the lunatics running the asylum think they're funny or not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Although more far-out referents might arguably block my passway to his freewheeling freestyles, subcontinental beats like Keyboard Kid's electro-Carnatic "Let It Go" and Harry Fraud's serpent-charming "Wild Water Kingdom" mean to create a world of fun for everyone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their quietest and most fragile album is also their most orchestrated.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She raps better now, shaping her breathy little-girl pout into vulnerability and defiance as circumstances dictate, which often means simultaneously. She rhymes better too.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Slowly you'll realize just how rare it is for a major-label Nashville hopeful to put this much care into every song even if you're not convinced by the one that connects whipped cream and whips.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sometimes we believe we care, what happens in the tuneful drywall of her shambling dreams.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The finest lyricist to rise up out of conscious country since Miranda Lambert, if not Bobby Pinson himself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His posse cuts are finally showing some savor too, albeit not on the vestigial guns 'n' violence ones.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He's got relationship problems so depressing that he thinks calmly about killing himself. Yet even that doesn't stop him from saying what he has to say in under three minutes, with a catchy tune to help the time pass.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A lark evolves into a business proposition as an album of 10 inspired three-minute songs eventuates in an album of 12 expert three-and-a-half-min​ute songs.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    These are so fine you don't mind listening again. And as you do, you start noticing how deftly Brett negotiates lines and stanzas that aren't as blockish as their meter and his voice make you think. And then you listen to this uningratiating music some more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He sets his sacrilegious writ to muscular melodies that get more fetching as they speed up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a pleasure on the far edge of song in imagining that two DIY purists are making all these musical noises with their guitar collection and their home studio.
    • 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.