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 14.2 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Contra establishes that his band has chosen another path, celebrating the world's contradictions, contraindications, and contradistinctions with a new pop sound made up of old pop sounds that aren't the same old pop sounds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With an incongruent Fall Out Boy track set aside for single duty and all those rappers a dream community taking the burden off Black Thought, this is the most accomplished pure hip-hop album in years.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The thing about the indie-rock life is that even its depressives, not just mere realists like these guys, have a pretty good time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fortified by his Christian faith, he lends a cracked gravity to souvenirs of cornball sentiment ranging in tone from Ed McCurdy's political "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" to Queen Lili'uokalani's escapist "Aloha Oe," which close an album that also includes the traditional title song, a Sheryl Crow number about redemption, "Cool Water," and the tenderest "For the Good Times" I've ever heard.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    It's hard to imagine their music getting much better. But it's not hard to imagine their lives getting much better. Which may be all their music needs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here's an album where the marriage ballads are so meaty and convincing that the two exceptionally well-turned breakup songs seem like formal exercises, where a comedy number about fishing and beer would sound just dandy if there weren't so many subtler laughs on the agenda.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They're too good to be true and plain as the nose on your face.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They thud rather than thunder. But what a loud and joyous thud it is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gregg Gillis has plenty to say about music. What he has to say about life, which is that "I'd Rather" equals "Gimme Some Lovin'," remains more limited. Nevertheless, sequences here give me hope.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Burbling electronic ticktocks vie with a carillon of bell simulacra, and rarely have vinyl crackle or laser malfunction generated more musicality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This vibrato-prone romantic is the greatest melodist in contemporary mega-indie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The band is on it, the backup singers are solicitous, and Cohen's husk of a voice has been juiced up by the exercise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OK, 19 songs, gotta be filler here somewhere, and there is, only it isn't melodic -- with all music credited to the band, Shonna Tucker's muzzier lyrics and Mike Cooley's more elusive ones sound as well-turned as those of Patterson Hood, who's never written better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The entire construction is a thing of grace -- conservative, and new under the sun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He goes Motown with so much joy in one-man-band craft he'll not only convince the girl he's sweet-talking that this is forever, he'll convince you.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sure enough, the first time through, too many [of the songs] had faded on me. Soon, however, even ones I'd given up on were bum-rushing my earhole.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never have his arrangements exploited his soundtrack chops so subtly, changeably or precisely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Buy it while you can.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He's made a novelty record that gets deeper with time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A joyous mishmash.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They're unflinchingly unsensationalistic. But it's the beats that turn this into noir worthy of Jim Thompson. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Half associative rhymes that clock in under two-and-a-half minutes, devoid of hooks but full of sounds you want to hear again, it's like a dream mixtape.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Maybe this album is dumb on the surface, though not as much as fools claim. But sure as showbiz it isn't dumb underneath.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A glockenspiel in a guitar band? Freshens up the sound, they think. And they're right.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They sure are spry, and Nelson is so delighted to be singing them that the band's expertise lights up.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    His salvation is humanistic empathy, spiritual complexity, and melodies more unfailing than back when the Holy Ghost was inspiring into his ear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No Age too brutalist for you? Here's a heedlessly beautiful alternative.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In which Eddie Argos of Art Brut (!) and Dyan Valdes of the Blood Arm (?) write second-cousin answer songs to, among others, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, the Mamas and the Papas, Avril Lavigne, and P.D. "Creeque Allies" is a capsule history of the Maquis.