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 E.N.D.
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Only one thing's certain -- his songwriting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On this reassuring piece of big-bottomed exotica, the "Sahara swing" they concocted with Karl Hector is the tipoff. They love the continuity bass-and-drums lay below; I love the content koto and flute and malletophone add on
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unlike "Guero" this one really has some war in it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    His plot is so preposterous and unempathetic it's more the appearance of a plot, or an elaborate joke about a plot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album belongs to the hip-hop hippie. And an album it definitely is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The best music here is so deep it's more powerful than the rhymes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Striding forward, Cooper won't let that stop her. She hurts, but her chin scarcely trembles at all.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    This airy prog-psych self-indulgence is merely an elaboration of the back half of that debut--the half I tuned out then but appreciate some now, because, even as self-indulgent elaborations go, the follow-up's a doozy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I still prefer 2004's disreputable "Winchester Cathedral." But this is a proper guitar fix nevertheless. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The likes of "Little White Lies" (lost love as spirit death), "Straight Into a Storm" (found love as rock and roll life), and "Song About a Man" (grandpa) translate perfectly into their long-diddled dialect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A joyous mishmash.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The beats beat Green Lantern's. And what the finale has to say about Obama is so sane I may just check out van Sertima myself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This is a new direction? It's not even a halfway decent collection of songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    They're still true believers in the cleansing if not excoriating power of rock and roll.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sam Coomes is still disgruntled: with whoever he's sleeping with, with running away, with dystopia itself. But he's catchier about it, and rockier. Maturity comes in many forms.
    • 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)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Slowed down and keyboarded up, these tunes make what cares they do bear seem lyrical--carefree.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Grohl is hookier than Nickelback, which is saying something.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sound is so scrawny it can wear on you, meaning their 34-minute album is probably two songs too long. But there's only one I'd scrap.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Terse and beaty, with Dr. Dre referral Mike Elizondo going half on the baby, this isn't a pop record, but it does avoid guitar-band shapes, sonics and truisms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I don't like right-wing Christianists either. But as every oppressed teen in the right-wing orbit knows full well, they're not as garbled and simplistic as Armstrong's anthems insist.
    • 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)
    • 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.