New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 4,379 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Fading Frontier
Lowest review score: 0 Streets Of Gold
Score distribution:
4379 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If there’s a criticism to be made it’s that the album’s perhaps a little one-note.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although his mission proves futile, he approaches it with a curiosity of spirit that makes ‘Along The Way’ a captivating and nourishing listen, less noodly than his early solo releases and more in the vein of the composerly streak exhibited on 2011’s ‘Get Lost’.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beneath the radio polish lies a wickedly caustic songwriting wit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Here and there, though, it’s a bit of a grind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music here might be gimmick-free, but it's imbued with a dark sense of confidence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A varied album that lacks any monster riffs like the ones White used to write for The White Stripes, but includes enough intrigue, originality and plain weirdness to delight and, in some places, appal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The shimmering beauty of 'Tame The Sun' and the My Bloody Valentine atmospherics of 'Bones' serve to elevate the aesthetic that Male Bonding established on their debut Nothing Hurts to greater heights.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
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    Six years in the making, Mew's sixth album is opulence in excelsis, the Danish dream-weavers gathering all the synths and power chords at their disposal to conjure a feast for the ears.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At 73 minutes, it could easily have been boiled down to give it more punch, but you can’t bemoan the celebratory feel of The People In Your Neighbourhood.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Never have Patterson Hood’s five-piece sounded quite so cranky and furiously righteous as they do on this terrific, ear-splitting sprawl of shit-kicking country boogie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately though, sensitivity outweighs ’80s cliché.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sporadically brilliant, perhaps it is The Knife’s Inland Empire--a fearless piece of work with its own logic, one that shears away all safety nets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When it works it’s potent enough to rival his 2003 breakbeat opus ‘We Want Your Soul’. When it doesn’t, such as on opener ‘Do You!’ and the turgid ‘Best Fish Tacos In Ensenada’ (every bit as lame as its title suggests), it sounds like the kind of crap that gets played early on at Reflex on student night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    His default mode--brisk canters with elements of beefed-up psychedelia and proto-punk--can be a little samey, but deviations occur, see the bludgeoning folk of ‘Dark Road’.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Her 2011 debut 'Hearts' had the drift and shimmer of shoegaze, but Chiaroscuro is sharper, even flirting with techno on the densely layered 'Faith' and handclapping electro on 'Denial' as Lindén tries out all the electronic styles of the 1980s.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Is it an improbably good second album? Looks like it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The beats on Tongue N’ Cheek are still raw, clamorous and unpredictable, but in a springy, primary-coloured way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The novelty-obsessed stay-at-homes who made Toro Y Moi the buzz hit of 2009 might react unfavourably to all this accessibility, but by digging deep, Underneath The Pine shows Toro Y Moi setting down roots and, perhaps more swiftly than expected, flourishing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They stake a firm claim for parity with arguably their most consistent set yet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And though the change in volume might be ‘Howl’’s defining characteristic... it’s the shift in attitude that is its finest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'Road To Rouen' is the sound of a band at last hitting their stride, finding out who they are and sounding like it's finally making them happy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anglocentrically and have eternally teenage garage production values. In other words, a GBV record that sounds like everything GBV fans love about GBV.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are times when the album feels strangely medicated; the positivity, when heaped upon the listener in brutal doses, makes you feel trapped in one of those American self-help groups.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Synth-heavy disco and boogie, sleek Italo and plenty of New Order course equally through their veins; the duo spin a heavily thumbed vinyl library into something largely fresh, and even coax '70s smoove-rocker Michael McDonald into guesting at the end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A titanic assault of monstrous proportions. [29 Jan 2005, p.59]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A collection of culinary-themed tracks... that Doom handles in his surrealistic, unflappable flow. [18 Dec 2004, p.51]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By the time you reach the halfway point and prepare for CD2, you realise Opposites is not, as feared, an unedited expanse of rock-band mind splurge, but two albums' worth of well-constructed songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a couple of duff tracks here, in the shape of ‘Fear Of The Knife’ and the horrible cod-reggae of ‘Bandbreaker’. More broadly, Skaters’ whole shtick can feel about as current as that Hot Hot Heat T-shirt lurking in your bottom drawer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    OST
    While it's unlikely that he'll pursue anything as historically precise as this for a solo career, 'Cold Mountain' proves what most of us have long suspected: when The White Stripes end, White will be far from finished.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anna falls frustratingly short of hitting the back of the net.