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 Distortion
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Playing at world, at heavy, at soul, [Jack White] arts it up plenty and protests a little.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Slowed down and keyboarded up, these tunes make what cares they do bear seem lyrical--carefree.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I'm moved nevertheless by what can pass for a concept album about the romantic life of an uncommonly-to-impossibly strong and gifted teenage girl, starting on the first day of high school and gradually shedding naiveté without approaching misery or neurosis.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    True, Green spends more time supplicating than celebrating, and probably fabricated the whole scenario. But he knows his subject, and he doesn't need Jesus to lay it down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sound is bigger too, strengthening a band that's all guitars-drums-vocals sonics -- including Molly Siegel's yelping vocables, without which the sound's faux-tween soul and wise-ass tempo shifts would evanesce into abstraction.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If opulence can signify liberation in this grotesquely materialistic time, as in hip-hop it can, then Beyoncé earns her props with a bunch of songs she says were inspired all in a rush by her "Dreamgirls" character. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    The tunes are consistently fetching, and a few standouts have clever lyrics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Actual musicians help -- world-beating T-Pain more than world-weary Julian Casablancas. So do other actors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Hood is too inclined toward dark-side thoughts and the world too inclined toward dark-side realities for the newer songs to come off complacent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Very minor, rather lovely and it rocks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best music here is so deep it's more powerful than the rhymes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The fun comes easier when he fools around with the title conceit, and even sometimes when he thinks about it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's also the rare work of art that captures the dizzy infatuation that is dedicated infant care. All that's missing is a song about sleep deprivation.
    • 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)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What lyrics there are mourn absence and loss, and many of the effects are achieved by fabricating and then calibrating dirty sonics both electronic and organic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album belongs to the hip-hop hippie. And an album it definitely is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mostly it's the tunes that do the slamming. And though their lyrics may be too sincere for sophisticates, they're not sincere enough to suit the Avetts, a disconnect they'll tell you about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Right now her main message is just to do all this. If enough people like it, she has the aura of someone who might push the envelope.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Polysyllabic and self-aware, this is the best political punk in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On his third solo album, the thematic focus is intense enough to ignite kindling.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tune and tempo conquer all even if love doesn't, and soon, if you listen up, you'll hear her toss her head and move on, jubilant in her capacity for jubilation.
    • 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.