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 14.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 86
Highest review score: 100 The Way I See It
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gregg Gillis has plenty to say about music. What he has to say about life, which is that "I'd Rather" equals "Gimme Some Lovin'," remains more limited. Nevertheless, sequences here give me hope.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Never thought I'd say this, but RZA isn't missed--the budget production enhances a master lyricist's specialty by subtraction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The singer isn't up to tenderness and the accordion gets annoying. But the first two tracks are standards in the making, the last two tracks are prophetic and mean, and the blues in between are as pointed as the pop songs are long-winded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    "Come on children, you're acting like children/Every generation thinks it's the end of the world," begins the candidly catchy centerpiece of these lost-and-found tradsters' best album.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Muffling their excellent knowledge of English in jangle and reverb, four theoretical nerds demonstrate why a band is better than grad school.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    "Perpetual Motion Machine" is about fish who wish they could walk so they could find out how it feels to fall down, and "Whale Song" bemoans Brock's metaphorical uselessness as it demonstrates his capacity for beauty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Talented lad, Turner. Not on this evidence incapable of ever writing quick, clever, cynical little songs again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In the wake of three questionable albums, shtick is a relief, not just because it's really great shtick but because after all these years we're happy to be clear about whether she's performing or expressing herself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As vision, still somewhere between narrow and ignant. Yet not a boho archetype for nothing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Once a punky brat, Jemima Pearl now sounds like a punk broad -- like she might join the Donnas if that was a better job. But listen through the bigger voice and louder mix and you'll hear someone who's thinking all the time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Only a talent as major as Lewis could half bring it off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Altogether as slow, sad-ass and self-involved as reported, this is a breakup album there's no reason to like except that it's brilliant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Listen to your body tonight. They made themselves up, and they're strictly for real.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    How many great songs about rock and roll can one man write before he gets tiresome? We may find out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They sure are spry, and Nelson is so delighted to be singing them that the band's expertise lights up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    White's drums duke it out with Dean Fertita's guitar, mostly below the belt. Alison Mosshart doffs her s&m drag to suffer and yelp. Jack Lawrence plays bass. Fierce.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These guys sure can rap and rhyme, and they do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After what K'naan has been through, bless him for trying--the ebullience he extracts from a life much tougher than North Americans can know is worthy of soukous, mbaqanga, the highlife of Ghana's most punishing inflationary spiral.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The musical construction is so jaunty that they can't be serious even if they're cutting their alienated fans out of the joke. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One wonders whether 4AD has thrown his critical followers off with its line about how this one abandons autobiography for "mythical creatures" etc.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    They're brainy about their alienation, they're funny about their alienation, and when they bitch about their relationships their post- or pre-alt normality is exceptionally refreshing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you can't get with this expediently excessive piece of rich-get-richer, commercial rap albums are beyond your ken.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though smarty-pants Lemony Snicket fans may get references I miss, in between there are times when Stephin Merritt's monotonous low baritone seems merely inexpressive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They're too good to be true and plain as the nose on your face.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Polysyllabic and self-aware, this is the best political punk in years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    None of it means a damn thing beyond what it is. Which is just what they were trying so hard to achieve.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    The tunes are consistently fetching, and a few standouts have clever lyrics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The fourth Dolls album and second of their second life is the first one that's less than epochal. Not all the tunes are surefire.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At least when the bassist ruled they livened up this overworked dynamic with beats. Now they tax it with tunes.