New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,681 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 Random Access Memories
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
3,681 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    By balancing progression with consolidation, technology with tradition, MMJ have created a work of stunningly expansive ambition. [15 Oct 2005, p.36]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slightly less lo-fi than previous efforts--although as it blends together Slayer, Japanese noisecore and warp-speed prog intricacy, sound recording fidelity is a relative concept. [5 Nov 2005, p.45]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Believe the hype, this is even better than 'Ray Of Light.' [12 Nov 2005, p.45]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A disorientatingly great mess of free-jazz, space-rock and voodoo swamp music. [10 Dec 2005, p.37]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A monster of a record. [4 Mar 2006, p.31]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Has] the unmistakable feel of an instant classic. [28 Jan 2006, p.34]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wonder of 'Stars...' is how magnificently alive all this suburban angst sounds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no possible way of having this much fun without getting the chorus of Handel's 'Messiah' drunk on peach schnapps. [4 Feb 2006, p.29]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thank you very much, Mr Rubin--The Man In Black is still with us. [1 Jul 2006, p.36]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Muse have made a ridiculous, overblown, ambitious and utterly brilliant album, with more thrills than their previous three put together.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Odd, addictive, unsettling and beautiful. [8 Jul 2006, p.41]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's going to be a hearty scrap between this lot, Muse and the Monkeys when album of the year time comes round.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one to file alongside 'American Idiot', 'Doolittle' and 'Nevermind' on your greatest US rock albums shelf.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put simply, this is fantasy pop, performed to perfection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the most hardcore disciple is likely to get something they might have missed before. [21 Oct 2006, p.35]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their best yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record with the bleak-yet-redemptive spirit of REM's 'Automatic For The People' and the musical magnificence of a 'Deserter's Songs'. But also a record that - as much as 'London Calling' or 'What's Going On' - holds a deep, dark, truthful Black Mirror up to our turbulent times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Myths Of The Near Future' is charged with the same spirit which fuelled legendary rave pranksters The KLF's period of pop subversion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By turns brooding and effervescent, but always outrageous fun, 'Writer's Block' is a compact minor classic.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most doubter-defying second album since 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Icky Thump' is brilliant, there's no way around that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends arrives as a startling cannon-shot message of brain-thawing intent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, it was staggering.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of genuine depth, one expressing the nervous conservative shockwaves which charge through party kids once they start to come down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Seldom Seen Kid is a stunning record, a career-best from a band whose consistency has seldom been matched by any British indie band this decade.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That it’s Portishead’s best album yet is little short of miraculous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stay Positive not only confirms The Hold Steady’s status as one of the best rock’n’roll bands in the world, but establishes them as one of its most important too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So believe it: this is the real thing, no-one’s crying wolf, not even Alan McGee.