New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,929 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 AM
Lowest review score: 0 Maroon
Score distribution:
3,929 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is cold-blooded revenge pop that strikes like a shard of shattered plate to the heart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just as Moz's stance as a one-man outsider army and ringleader of the tormentors is restated, so is his standing as the godfather of indie disaffection and despair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of all the terror and uncertainty, it's the warmth that lingers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The doomed relationship cycle in eternal motion or the sound of a heart that won’t stay mended, Honeyblood is visceral pop music giving its prettiest snarl.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's clever, brave and seamless enough to become a classic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They have returned hungry and wired to shake us out of our digital comas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His outfit have returned with an album that skirts close to perfection in its 35 minutes of glorious madness and transcendent, George Harrison-like guitar solos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s heavenly, in its own troubled way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This Is My Hand should see her join him, her other collaborators and St Vincent in the US experimental pop pantheon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Syro is amazing: bug-eyed, banging rave that sounds quintessentially Aphex while not quite sounding like anything he’s done before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Love, then, is the moment it all came together for Caribou.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rips is a reminder of rock’s glorious communal potential.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cranking the urgency and confrontation of last year's self-titled debut to neck-breaking intensity, RTJ2 is an urgent, paranoid album for a violent, panicked time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complex, original and even sincere, it’s a brilliant new departure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Hum is all feel, no bullshit, and it truly gets under your skin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A diverse but wholly coherent set of songs, this spaced-out odyssey is well worth the trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’re too wilfully mad to emulate Tame Impala’s success, but if you’re after a freaking out, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s outrageous noise deserves attention.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The good--no, the astonishing--news is that this constantly engrossing record repays a decade and a half's faith and patience. D'Angelo has scuttled down the digital chimney with an early Christmas gift with long-lasting rewards: not just one of the best records of 2014, but one that will stay with you throughout next year, too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s heavy, assured and profound--a terrific record alone, but also one that sits in the Sleater-Kinney catalogue naturally, like they’ve never been away.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Written around the time Tillman got hitched to this girlfriend, it's a hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love, and being heartily sick of your own bullshit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Closer ‘Sea Of Trees’ is as impressive, its restrained riff suddenly smothered by an almighty dirge. It’s a fitting climax to a record that unsettles from start to finish.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of Sufjan’s most fat-free and consistently stunning records, but also his darkest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Great Pretenders is an emotional, emboldened triumph.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn’t so much a progression as a rebirth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s lyrically dark and has the musical aggression to back it up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nielson strides away from the woozy Beefheart-indebted psychedelia of ‘II’ and its self-titled 2011 predecessor, and vividly expands every single aspect of the UMO sound.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Less has always been more with Smith, and the success of In Colour lies in his gift for melding together very few elements to create songs that are original, surprising and highly effective.