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 Willie And The Wheel
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's more like sloshing or spewing, as intermittent love lookbacks evoke a social despair also contextualized by fabulous spoken epigraphs from Walt Whitman, Jefferson Davis, William Lloyd Garrison, and Young Abe Lincoln.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The emotion fueling her pretense is cathartic nevertheless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The result is an exceptionally melodic reggae album that's intensified by rapping devoid of dancehall patois and a hard edge unknown to roots revivalism. The result is also an exceptionally political hip-hop album that's most convincing when it doesn't multiply Afrocentric distortion by Rastafarian reasoning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Slowed down and keyboarded up, these tunes make what cares they do bear seem lyrical--carefree.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unlike "Guero" this one really has some war in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A trifle brighter, quicker and fuller than "Gimme Fiction."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, the lost lives and loves he sketches are so painfully familiar they feel like truth. And Ant's homey beats enhance the illusion.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Deprived of Bruce Gilbert's guitar, these fractious lifers return to and improve on their dance-rock '80s.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Only a talent as major as Lewis could half bring it off.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The painful detail and joyful exuberance are there once they get going. But in under two years this Welsh punk sextet has matured/devolved from tromping over their pan-sexual alienation like so many glockenspiel-wielding grape dancers to enacting "miserabilia" about how unfulfilling it is to get on your knees next to a urinal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Detailing his fidelity on one track, elongating a lap dance on another, he's a decent guy in conceptual command of an aesthetic he invented.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's touching on a human level. Noble, even. I didn't think he had it in him.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These guys sure can rap and rhyme, and they do.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The result is less a mixtape than a hip-hop version of a good Augustus Pablo album--more varied, jocular, and disquieting because that's how hip-hop is, but still a single organism.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    He takes songs easy without throwing them away, and these were written to hold up their end of that bargain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The reason we care is that she retains her spunk, tunes, and way with a phrase. And not only is she talented, she's really cute.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    His good-old-days laments taste sweet where once they curdled.
    • 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)
    • 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.