New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,688 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Embryonic
Lowest review score: 0 Two
Score distribution:
3,688 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real-life pop record. Well, not pop in the Girls Aloud sense of the word obviously, more in the drop-dead, fuzz-box brilliant 'Here Comes Your Man' sense. [10 Jul 2004, p.48]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bono's genius is that his inner monologue is so huge and heroic that it matches the scale of the music. And, even more so than on 'All That You Can't Leave Behind,' the music is enormous. [13 Nov 2004, p.55]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'A Grand Don't Come For Free' is proof that 'Original Pirate Material' wasn't a happy fluke.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'The Contino Sessions' can mean whatever you want it to. All we know is that it feels amazing. Warhol also said that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Death In Vegas' glory starts now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this is clearly not the record Smith intended to make, it's still an immensely gripping and cohesive piece of work. [23 Oct 2004, p.47]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most exciting hip-hop releases not only of this year, but in recent memory. [27 Nov 2004, p.61]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ultimate rare treasure. [24 Sep 2005, p.47]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Showcas[es] Rufus as one of, if not the best songwriters of his generation. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It marks the dawning of an era of British music that isn’t just for the casual petrol shop consumer, but stuff so important that you can give yourself to it completely. This is the album that’s going kick open the door for all the great British bands that’ll sweep through in their wake.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A miniature classic. [14 Aug 2004, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ATDI's latest album has its amps cranked to the hilt from start to finish. Far from being another in a long line of sanitised American punk rock albums, 'Relationship Of Command' sounds REAL.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By celebrating what it is to be a freak in 2004 they've made a debut that's unique yet uniting, deep yet designed for the dance-floor.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Smile' stands up with any of the great music of the 20th century. [25 Sep 2004, p.63]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gruelling assault course of lyrical genius that pours itself into the 18 tracks on this album-
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a third album that avoids all the pitfalls of third albums: introspective without being self-pitying, expansive in scope without being pompous, exploring new directions without disappearing up its own arse.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Go! Team's eclectic soundclash makes us feel deliriously dizzy. [11 Sep 2004, p.53]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one thing to make a clever record, it is quite another to make a clever record that could pass for a pop album, and which oozes humanity while simultaneously delivering a perfect snapshot of modern British life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Get Ready', Mystikal's fourth LP and his first Billboard chart-topper, is one wholesale fighting muthaf**ker, a full theatre of opportunities to offer the world outside. Women? Mystikal will take you down for one. Or, preferably, two. Reputation? Come see about him. Neighbourhood? You don't wanna go there... Mystikal is the fightingest bastard and his grin's never wider than when he's putting the hurt on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The objective was to make a fucking brilliant album where the mood is king, the delivery is queen and studied modern coolness is a jester that's one misplaced quip away from being the lion's breakfast. And, of course, they've succeeded.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A painfully honest, emotionally draining album. [22 Jan 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A set of immense maturity that never rubs your nose in its thematic complexity, compositional innovation and thunderous thump-beats. [29 Jan 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where 'The Remote Part' was their 'Green'-esque lunge into the spotlight, 'Warnings/Promises' is their full-blwon 'Out Of Time' spectacular. But with less twangle, more teeth. [5 Mar 2005, p.50]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Silent Alarm' is no 'Franz Ferdinand'. In fact, listen to it with the words 'popular' and 'arty' in mind and its spirit is closer to the Manic Street Preachers' 'The Holy Bible'. [5 Feb 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An astonishing debut of cosmic country noir. [28 Aug 2004, p.57]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album that leaves you in absolutely no doubt that, at the very least, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas is the best thing to come out of France since Daft Punk. [30 Apr 2005, p.63]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    X&Y
    Confident, bold, ambitious, bunged with singles and impossible to contain, ‘X&Y’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it does reinforce Coldplay as the band of their time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is big, epic, widescreen music, albeit wonderfully understated. [5 Mar 2005, p.51]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically lucid and sonically exciting. [11 Jun 2005, p.67]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Capture/Release' is fresh, unique, original even; its oh-so-contemporary reference points are revisited with such punk-rock vivacity and hell-for-charity-shop-leather vigour that they might be the first band you’d actually believe when they roll out the old "no, honestly, we were doing this long before we’d even heard of Bloc Party".
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece.