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 Father Creeper
Lowest review score: 70 Brighter
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 232
  2. Negative: 0 out of 232
232 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Almost every track offers up at least a snatch of melody you're always glad to hear again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I give him extra credit for both preaching to the converted and doing his damnedest to rally the holier-than-thou.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    How much you admire this record will depend on how redolent you find two of them: the quiet jeremiad "Scarlet Town" and the quieter love-triangle cut-'em-up "Tin Angel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sweetly skeletal arrangements featuring various bandmates and his bassist dad underpin the quietest and most winning singing of his career, with lyrics so crystalline you never need the booklet.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The surprise is that the attention requires so little effort, because there's always a musical touch to keep you alert.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Glad Rag Doll] brings out the warmth in a voice that's been chilly, verging on aloof, at times. She calls this her "song and dance record"; I'd call it her nimble, witty, change-of-pace record.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I find only the alcoholic's confession "Neon Cathedral" too much, and that one's counteracted by the relapser's confession "Starting Over," just as "Sayin' `That's poetry, it's so well-spoken,' stop it" counteracts his art talk. He's especially good on old cars and old clothes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Midway through, here comes some madman with the deeply stoopid "31 Flavors" and you realize it wasn't going along fine enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rocky raps over the music without saying a damn thing older, meaner, and sharper rappers haven't said before. Then, bang, three dynamite songs.... Then, aww, three tracks that could be more obvious by half.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Yet subtle fiddle, accordion, pump organ, and especially bass liven up the acoustic guitars just a touch, and both Mitchell's fluting, childlike lead and Hamer's mellower follow avoid purist sanctity as well as modernizing pizzazz.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Displaced Canadian "middle child" cultivates honky-tonk misery so extreme it dallies with the absurd.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For better or worse, and it's both, this is kind of what you'd figure sort of: a Sonic Youth record dominated by that band's most important member.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Overlooking the nine subminute snippets‑-most annoying even at that length, with bows to the nine-second "Tick" and the 24-second closer‑-that leaves 16 songs that pretend to be songs, including one A plus, two clear A minuses, and six close enoughs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    she recorded her fourth album with Polly Jean Harvey adjutant John Parish, and musically they get results.... But non-Bamanan speakers may well find that her supple vocals are no more engaging should they follow her unremarkable spiritual tribulations in English or French.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A lot of the time he's trying too hard to say too little or trying too clumsily to say too much, sometimes even with his trusty guitar.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He wants to set his people on the right path and keeps thinking up explicit ways to say so. But none of them have gotten near that goal so far, not even theoretically, as they might if his skills included the ability to rise to actual hits, as opposed to pleasurable musicality, and also to sink to them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Struggling for cred as aging rappers will, they stumble occasionally. Some of these ideas obviously seemed funnier when they brainstormed them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Like Illmatic it eschews pop emoluments, and conceptually it's just as canny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Give it up to the one where Beyonce pledges gangsta devotion and, best of all, the one where the "billionaire" (he says) looks back at the betrayals of his own departed head of family with something that feels like dread.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The beats are less brooding and more funky and propulsive on Brighter while maintaining their presence and quirkiness under their ominous lyrics.