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 13.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 86
Highest review score: 100 Rising Down
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 178
178 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These are "rock songs" in Ned Rorem's dreams -- they're as ornate as a high-class geisha house.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    So much that is sprightly about the debut is subsumed here by ambition, to be kind, and privilege, to be brutally accurate. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Even doing her humble bit, she yells in your ear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Their skilled playing remains modest enough, but on this subtler and more pretentious material, the skills predominate, and just in case they don't, let's add a string quartet here and real choirboys there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The turns of phrase are usually cul-de-sacs, the flights into obscurity have bum wings, and do you really prefer, for instance, Vernon's best-in-show "Now all your love is wasted?/Then who the hell was I?" (much less "Only love is all maroon/Lapping lakes like leery loons") to this Creeley ordinaire
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    She has hitched her modest talent to an art-rock wagon she won't outpace anytime soon.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's easy out there for an Oscar winner, but you'd never know it from these entertainment moguls, who pretend or report that they're still investing in mayhem, misogyny and sales careers whose main drawback is that they can get you arrested.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not as if he overdoes the sexism or sounds like a total lame, although his voice does crack slightly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The album is unlistenable for a simple reason: Roger Daltrey.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This two-hour double-CD/triple-LP, their first product since 2001, is grand, somber, amelodic, arhythmic and slow, leaving plenty of time to admire the notes' altered states.