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 The E.N.D.
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Grohl is hookier than Nickelback, which is saying something.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are three good songs on this 11-track artifact, and deeply vapid though the split-personality bit is, the trick of dividing the album into two CDs does leave a 17-minute dance disc that can be played without gastric distress by any purchaser who isn't picky about diva gangstaism or videophone porn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If only she was as sophisticated as she thinks she is. Or as funny. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Talented lad, Turner. Not on this evidence incapable of ever writing quick, clever, cynical little songs again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Such is the lure of his hypersensitivity that his admirers forgive and even applaud the extreme attenuation of this tastefully decorated click-and-loop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although Nick Urata can't match pipes with Richard Hawley, a plus in a way, he's hawking mellifluous overstatement flavored with a nostalgia far enough past its sell-by date that it stinks a little.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Buried at Track 7, the developed rhyme, unkiltered time, unsettling keyboards, and Kenny Garrett sax coda of "Abstractionisms" deliver what the flowery "Caring" and the endless "Do You Dig U?" emphatically do not: the "brand new sound" the finale only brags about.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's that he trivializes his own content--not the gangsta, braggadocio no one takes seriously anymore, but the pimp slime.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This is a new direction? It's not even a halfway decent collection of songs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Eminem settles for sensationalism straight up, and, worse still, makes you wonder whether he ever truly knew the difference.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Low-tune for a pop band, low-momentum for a rock band, they stand a chance of evoking bad Elvis Costello when they take you by surprise or emote on in the background.