New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,771 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 AM
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
3,771 music reviews
    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shimmering, mournful gem.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Britrock's grumpy uncle has regained his gnarled spirit here and fans will feel all the better for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Untouchables' is a record that grows spikes with each listen and is by turns exhilarating, confusing, inspiring, embarrassing and astonishing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Will shock conservative punk purists everywhere. [11 Sep 2004, p.57]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a left-field masterpiece and Brown's best work for a decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fresh, modern soul music.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lostprophets have, against the odds, carved something genuinely fresh.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album awash with pretty ambiguities and difficult twists.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Music as taut, spare and ominous as The Bad Seeds at their most malevolent. [21 Aug 2004, p.49]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's what The Velvet Underground would've sounded like if they'd been psychopaths. With a heart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harcourt might err too far towards gentle whimsy for rock fundamentalists, but otherwise 'From Every Sphere' is a rich treasure trove of sun-kissed grace and summery magic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harcourt... has done the unthinkable: fallen in love with a laydee and made his "happy" album. Luckily for us, it's the best of his career. [11 Sep 2004, p.55]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In ploughing a unique furrow in pop music, he demands your enjoyment as much as your respect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the sound of people having fun. [4 Dec 2004, p.55]
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