New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,967 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
3,967 music reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oddly for an album so big in scope... it's very intimate and confessional. [3 Jul 2004, p.64]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Us
    A joyous slice of orchestral prozac.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As debut albums go, it's terrific.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They may have been apart for eight years, but less than a minute into opening track, 'Crystal', they've slotted back into their own idiosyncratic groove and the years are pouring off them.... Being in New Order never sounded like half as much fun as it does here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the sound of experimentation working, it's what what the second Elastica album should have sounded like, and it's a compelling story unfolding, with many more interesting twists still to come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Right now this frazzled trio are the true sound of Detroit - confident, smart and absolutely essential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overwhelmingly, it all adds up to an album that will never make a fuss in your collection, but every now and then you'll remember how much you love it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vocodered, stretched, distorted, warped, deliberately upstaged by beats so showy they belong in a strip joint - quite simply, she's almost managed to make herself disappear. That bluntly explicit title isn't just pointless irony. This record is about the music, not Madonna; about the sounds, not the image.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By its close, 'The Blueprint' has eloquently mapped out life's foundations: laughter, tears, joy and pain, and has marked the Jigga as the complete rapper.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strange, out of time, unfashionable, eccentric, obsessed with found sound, full of boffiny tics and tricks. [24 Jul 2004, p.48]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goswell's voice... is a rich wonder in itself; and unlike every other singer-songwriter in the world, she sounds nothing like Nick Drake! [26 Jun 2004, p.55]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is a spectral combination of bleepy 80s synths, lightly crunching backbeats and dreamy vocals; the mood is pure post-clubbing afterglow, in bed with your loved one, in some snowbound Ikea log cabin.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is much, much better than a record made by chronically drunk middle-aged men has any right to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She may not have written the words, but Björk's emotional investment in songs like 'I've Seen It All' (really sad) and 'Scatterheart' (really really sad) is undeniable; making this album - 'in character' as poor, doomed Selma - totally seductive as A Björk Record.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record which is closer in spirit to the rustic eccentricity of his '...Bewilderbeast' debut, while still moving things forward. [19 Jun 2004, p.57]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you cover this sort of expansive, experimental territory, you're inevitably flirting with pomposity. But like Tool or Radiohead, Cave-In's progressiveness is hypnotic rather than alienating, played out with a sense of near-religious awe that's difficult to deny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything they had, they still have - but now every note is ten times more focused and urgent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most cosmopolitan albums to carry the Giant seal of oddness. [11 Sep 2004, p.55]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And it makes the right choices, that much is indisputable; almost everything here is a monumental Underworld moment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best Guided By Voices album yet. [28 Aug 2004, p.57]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If 'The Green Album' was the charming bouquet to apologise for not calling for five years, 'Maladroit' is the rigorous porking in the back of a second-hand Fiesta we've been gagging for since 1996. It's almost as if Rivers cares about music again.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jay-Z has upped the commercial rap ante once again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Essentially more surgical sonic detritus, it is Autechre nuanced, minutely reprocessed and at the top of their game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A modern, commercially-viable, carefully crafted rock record that also sounds violent, deranged and desperately, incurably sad all at the same time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of 'Free The Bees' could have been recorded 40 years ago and some of it could have been beamed down from an orbiting space station 3,000 years further along the pipe than us. [26 Jun 2004, p.54]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Williams has clearly approached 'Fly Or Die' as the kind of project where the central aim is to show us all how clever he is, and as he flits from musical style to style like a hungry pop bee, you're pounded into submission because HE IS JUST SO GODDAMN GOOD AT EVERYTHING.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oasis can't help but sound like a group battling to free themselves from being last century's thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Massive in pretension, slightly too long and gothic, but when all the pieces fit, you can't deny its unstoppable power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An underground delight. [13 Nov 2004, p.57]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shimmering, mournful gem.