New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,798 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Everybody Wants To Be On TV
Score distribution:
3,798 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Suburbs isn't anything as simple as back to basics--they're a much more accomplished, musically interesting band now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each track on their fourth boasting a captivating blend of experimentalism and depth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album to fall in love to, to break up to, to drown sorrows to, or to bounce around to. One-hit wonders? Well, the wonders part is right.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swans' bleakness is beset with great beauty, black wings to another world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    King Night is sick. Not just in the sense that it's outstandingly good but in the fact that it seems extremely unwell.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Glasser's glowing debut offers more melodic and emotional consummation than almost any of her peers can muster, poised in a genuinely transcendent golden balance between the stern, the spacious and the gaudily sparkling. A very precious Ring indeed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warpaint's is a different darkness, not delighting in splendour or show, but in deftly exploring a bleak internal, romantically bereft landscape.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whenever Mr Rager sets off on his next adventure we're ready, musical machetes in hand, to follow him into the undergrowth…
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best thing he's done since his game-changing debut, and heartening evidence to suggest the self-professed Louis Vuitton don is in a good place right now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Assembled by the album's main beat-peddling prodigy, Lex Luger, they showcase a masterclass in reductionism; juggernauts of hulking, bruising, brick-to-skull intensity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kiss Each Other Clean is a surprising and majestic triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It'd be hard not to draw parallels between Calvi and [...] PJ Harvey. Yet while both women ooze an elemental kind of passion, Calvi is unashamedly slicker, especially when compared to Harvey's earlier, grungier work.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It traverses a spacious, synth-dusted soundworld many future-dreampop miles from their girl-group and grit beginnings; the ambition will be a sonic shock to those who wanted the band to stay the 'working-class heroes' they wryly joke about being. It shouldn't, really.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about this album boils down to escape.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smother is deeply sad and lonely, but still a barbed invitation to intimacy; like Coleridge's albatross, an extraordinarily elegant, stunning, (near)-perfect portrait of how terribly bad decisions can turn out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an age where even Britpop corpse-botherers Brother trumpet their desire to collaborate with Odd Future, the Monkeys have made a record heavily indebted to late-'80s indie and a small group of white, male '70s singer-songwriters: Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pummelling electro punk at it's finest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtuosity and accessibility have never been easy bedfellows, but Strange Mercy is one of those rare albums that makes you think and makes you fall in love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is that rarest of things, a record so particular to Björk's own artistry that no-one could ever hope to replicate it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is beautifully structured, leading from spare and shimmery beginnings into harder, weirder and more varied territories, all those snippets and elements and personalities crafted into a shifting, subtle whole that quietly captures your attention from start to end.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tribes have roared back fiercer than ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't just her finest album, but one of early 2012's best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Within all the emotional turmoil, there's a lot for the listener to love.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A reverence-inspiring return.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is miles better than 'Innerspeaker', and quite possibly the best album released so far this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A+E
    A+E is Coxon's most thrilling and noisy album since 2000's The Golden D.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's like the best bits of every extreme metal subgenre: a deathly crossover of sludgy, blackened thrash that will put hairs on your chest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It still defiantly goes against the grain, but also explodes with immediate, attention-grabbing riffs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lyrics, meanwhile, continue to move FOTL up two or three rungs of excellence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DIIV need you, and you sure as hell need DIIV.