MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)'s Scores

  • Music
For 178 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 14 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 86
Highest review score: 100 Idlewild
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The turns of phrase are usually cul-de-sacs, the flights into obscurity have bum wings, and do you really prefer, for instance, Vernon's best-in-show "Now all your love is wasted?/Then who the hell was I?" (much less "Only love is all maroon/Lapping lakes like leery loons") to this Creeley ordinaire
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Affecting a clarity and delight that pleases the many and confounds the some, their lyrically alluring, structurally hop-skip-and-jumping songs aren't deep. They're just thoughtful fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Even doing her humble bit, she yells in your ear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OK, 19 songs, gotta be filler here somewhere, and there is, only it isn't melodic -- with all music credited to the band, Shonna Tucker's muzzier lyrics and Mike Cooley's more elusive ones sound as well-turned as those of Patterson Hood, who's never written better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He's made a novelty record that gets deeper with time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    She remains a nice kid whose knowledge of her own limitations doesn't interfere with her self-respect. That's not just because the knowledge helps her make catchy music out of it, either. But the music helps.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Busta Rhymes and Ludacris get her back to where she once belonged for the duration of their openers. After that, it's an expensive, honorable, credible sampler of the hottest current R&B brands.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    He makes UNKLE and Fall Out Boy sound fresher than Tricky Stewart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album belongs to the hip-hop hippie. And an album it definitely is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Deconstructing and recontextualizing their tune stock "mais oui," these robot wannabes bathed the unwashed in the blood of the synthesizer, broadening and lowering sounds that in their original substantiations owe not just Detroit techno but Ramada Inn lounge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    By dint of hard work, Ghost now has him a minor career as the classiest crime story writer in a genre that supports plenty of them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Burbling electronic ticktocks vie with a carillon of bell simulacra, and rarely have vinyl crackle or laser malfunction generated more musicality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Timelag-wise, the 1957 concept is as if some '60s songpoet had conceived an album about Armistice Day, influenza, the Palmer raids and Mary Pickford. Only that would have been a milestone and this isn't, which you can blame on heightened aesthetic expectations rather than the potency of this Canadian rapper's literary mojo.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Once again its vagaries are its distinction. Doherty makes a case for flat-on-your-ass alienation in an insane wartime culture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Loaded with talent, heart and personality, he's an eccentric who still thinks the world is his friend, and one more sweet argument for the civilized compromises of democratic socialism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are enough sonic strokes here to keep the wrong bizzer in ringtone rappers for a year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Grohl is hookier than Nickelback, which is saying something.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Through almost as many producers as Mary, this album has a single identity, a contour and a groove that suits its well-inhabited breakup concept.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What the two boil down to is that a parvenu mastering pop music for money has turned into a made man running on vanity. I find that this renders his expert trivialization of murder and such rather less piquant, and I think he does too--that an audacious formal delight has become routine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Every single track offers up its momentary pleasures--choruses that make you say yeah on songs you've already found wanting, confessional details and emotional aper├žus on an album that still reduces to quality product when they're over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just when you're ready to give up and apply to graduate school, along comes a simple band who get everything right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a speedier pop suite suitable for dancing or straightening up the flat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Still a band that improves everyone in it, and more forthcoming this time, though they really ought to risk despoiling their precious graphics with lyrics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Terse and beaty, with Dr. Dre referral Mike Elizondo going half on the baby, this isn't a pop record, but it does avoid guitar-band shapes, sonics and truisms.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you don't know much about these 30-year veterans except that they're legendary, this probably isn't where to find out why. If you have any idea what I'm talking about, however, partake.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no denying her eye for out-of-the-way details or her ear for a decent tune.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best music here is so deep it's more powerful than the rhymes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A trifle brighter, quicker and fuller than "Gimme Fiction."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Polysyllabic and self-aware, this is the best political punk in years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Playing at world, at heavy, at soul, [Jack White] arts it up plenty and protests a little.