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 Pura Vida Conspiracy
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are hooks here, folks, and literalism fan that I am, I say they're most effective on the strictly reportorial "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" and the lost-love "Calling Cards."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Given his limitations, his famous friends are a mixed benefit, because they show him up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is how the pleasure principle feels to an alienated unbeliever resigned to engaging the world on his own perverse terms.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Whether she's singing it for her penniless sisters or her affluent self is impossible to tell. That's why they call her provocative. Also, um, controversial.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gears that never quite mesh in this disquieting but hardly apocalyptic industrial ambient may be metal and may be plastic but are probably both.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Creating a suite of well-turned if unnecessarily understated antiwar songs, she's a gifted, strong-willed minor artist bent on shaking England in particular.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A little too decisively to instill much hope for his love life, the rowdy songs are deeper than the thoughtful ones.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Atmospheric. Play loud anyway, so it won't be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The poppers keep on coming right through the bonus tracks of porn-lite funk-lite that's quirky and clever front to back.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    First emailed across the seas, then finalized in Vancouver, their music is to pop as hardcore is to punk, with the Joey Ramone fillip of Cooper's bizarre pronunciation.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Just when you're thinking not bad at all, come some songs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With four-on-the-floor dance music the nearest the actually popular pop world came to mindless rocking out in 2011, I only wish it had a few "I Gotta Feeling"s.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He's worth the shot Jay couldn't resist giving him. But he's still not comfortable enough or clever enough.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unlike Woody Guthrie, Williams is loved more for his singing than his lyrics, and boy does some of this retrofitted doggerel lack character as entuned and delivered.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What I get from the album as a whole isn't a feel for the fictional Redford Stephens. It's the pop refrains, Euro orchestrations, and simplified drumming absorbed by a sound that shows no sign of standing pat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The lounge feel is shored up by sometime guitarist Bruce Edwards, who if he ain't Ulmer at least ain't Jim Hall.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He nails three [songs] flat-out....The rest tend more, how to say it, evocative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    American Idol haunts this artistic breakthrough.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The chirpy opener about fun in the sun is a feint‑-the lyrics that follow are so depressive that the consistent cheer and conservatism of the tunes is like some perverse minimalist art move.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I decided that Lukas's stoned-hillbilly affect was just what his dad needed to distinguish this particular assortment of what-thes, why-hasn't-he-evers,​ and written-to-orders from rival entries in his unchartable catalogue.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Several [guest singers] distinguish themselves‑-SoKo all breathy, Lorraine nice and rough‑-as does (Tjinder) Singh, changing up the rhythms as he "milks" his usual tiny store of melody.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Finally we've reached a tipping point resembling the riot grrrl moment of the early '90s, one in which every feisty hip-hop soprano has a you-go-illygirl edge on her notebook-toting male competitors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Many of these songs are merely bemused, and when she revises "I'm just a soul whose intentions are good," all she achieves is a different singalong from the one you expected.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This Leeds-to-Cambridge foursome's unhurried electro-mesh is always more than pleasant and half the time mildly enthralling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As usual the songs come clear eventually.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    51
    True, the record shudders to a virtual halt when the ecumenical auteur turns beatmaker midway through, and some may judge the rhymes irresponsibly playful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More than half the songs sound effectively the same. Rocking, absolutely. Tighter, too. Tuneful, in their way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fun as it is to hear her do "Creep," "Teenagers," and "Smoke Two Joints," this is a bigger mess than it had to be.