MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)'s Scores

  • Music
For 179 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 14% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 13.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 86
Highest review score: 100 Hold On Now, Youngster
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 179
179 music reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sure enough, the first time through, too many [of the songs] had faded on me. Soon, however, even ones I'd given up on were bum-rushing my earhole.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Recorded July 1, 1998, a 78-minute double-CD proves how stiff and thin this made-up collective's mysteriously canonical 1997 studio album is.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The band is on it, the backup singers are solicitous, and Cohen's husk of a voice has been juiced up by the exercise.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The entire construction is a thing of grace -- conservative, and new under the sun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They're unflinchingly unsensationalistic. But it's the beats that turn this into noir worthy of Jim Thompson. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The thing about the indie-rock life is that even its depressives, not just mere realists like these guys, have a pretty good time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Never rousing and too often glum, the album is carried by its intelligence, integrity and terrible beauty. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This two-hour double-CD/triple-LP, their first product since 2001, is grand, somber, amelodic, arhythmic and slow, leaving plenty of time to admire the notes' altered states.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    It's hard to imagine their music getting much better. But it's not hard to imagine their lives getting much better. Which may be all their music needs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They thud rather than thunder. But what a loud and joyous thud it is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Just when I'd made my peace with pop prog and begun to hope arty prog would prove another casualty of the age of digital instantaneity, these postrock warriors get the bright idea of adding tune and humor to their higher mathematics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Buy it while you can.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never have his arrangements exploited his soundtrack chops so subtly, changeably or precisely.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    'Stay Positive' nails the travails of the aging rock band harder than 'Start Me Up' because it's about fans, and 'Constructive Summer' craftily confuses different ways to get hammered.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Their skilled playing remains modest enough, but on this subtler and more pretentious material, the skills predominate, and just in case they don't, let's add a string quartet here and real choirboys there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Not only will you hum snatches, you'll parse lyrical bits, too: a basement-dwelling twentysomething high on Gatorade in an underpopulated housing development, a waitressing job for Solange Knowles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What's most remarkable about this stylistic portmanteau is that every song is an original even though you assume several are among their shoulda-been-a-hit-but-wtf-is-it? covers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This album lays it on too thick... and declines the thematic burden of "Separation Sunday." As stories, on the other hand, the songs could convince anyone that kids have a hard time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Ys
    So much that is sprightly about the debut is subsumed here by ambition, to be kind, and privilege, to be brutally accurate. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Of course she's quieting down as she grows up, plus covering her bases, so after half a dozen winners she levels off into a nine- song sequence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A trifle brighter, quicker and fuller than "Gimme Fiction."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From the start you know this is no mixtape because it's clearer and more forceful. Every track attends to detail, with fun tricks like the chipmunk-chorused "Mr. Carter"'s sudden descent into screwed-and-chopped before Jay-Z comes in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As narrative and prophecy, a less coherent response to Christofascism than you might want, but one alt needs, held together and moved ahead by its forthright hooks and beats.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For a principled slacker like Snider, diffidence is an aesthetic principle, but here it tends to obscure some affecting little songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It serves up the distorted buzz Congotronics fans jones for, sonics that are generally raunchy even though the thumb pianos also generate balafon beauty, and five lead singers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It defines vicinity so broadly that you'll also find Beiderbecke and Reinhardt, two Ellington tunes, songs by a jazz critic and Ed Sullivan's bandleader.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though I wish the beats were less corny-orchestral, Fiasco marks his own turf in a three-song sequence that would have led the second side back in the day. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No Age too brutalist for you? Here's a heedlessly beautiful alternative.