New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,795 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:
3,795 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shrines is a euphoric treat in its own right, made all the more thrilling by its heady potential.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The TNGHT EP packs five explosive instrumental hip-hop tracks, every one dripping with each producer's trademark sonic flourishes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As it turns out, Love This Giant is completely out of kilter with what's contemporary, and off-the-hook brilliant to boot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this album is the sound of the future.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has the reckless spirit of a record that hasn't been over-analysed, but with an intense flurry of ideas from someone in the absolute prime of their creativity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album's more subdued moments--like the disarmingly sweet navel-gaze of 'Simple As This', or the folksy arm-around-the-shoulder reassurance of 'Note To Self'--are its most remarkable ones, where Bugg's voice, usually accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar, takes on a preternatural wisdom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being doomed seldom sounded so beautiful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] brilliant album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you'll hear all year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The emotive finesse of ‘Cherry Blossoms’ might further the calls for a shoulder to blub on, but chugging full-band showstopper ‘Ramona’ shows Yellen’s songwriting to be as rich as his voice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Holy Fire brings new words to mind. Sharp. Emotive. Massive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exhilarating and violent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece that merges the experimentation and freedom of their side projects with Cave’s most tender songcraft.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s wrought with haunting, high-stakes emotions, but the strength of Scott’s voice means it never feels melodramatic or plainly vulnerable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Child Of Lov may have started off as a shadowy enigma, but now is when Cole Williams lays his cards on the table. Turns out he was hiding a royal flush.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once I Was An Eagle sets a high bar.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Josh Homme and his all-star pals prove the virtue of taking your sweet time on a record that’s as self-assured as it is damn sexy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Britain suffers from youth unemployment and economic crisis, our greatest currency is the chime of a golden tune. Peace have delivered 10 of them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a tightrope across a canyon down which many a pie-eyed baggy daredevil has fallen. Jagwar Ma make it look effortless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gratuitous filth, basically. It’s funny, but also a pity, because Yeezus is so tight, so bold, that with a few tweaks Kanye could’ve made his rock for the ages. As it is, he’ll have to settle for one of the best records of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the reasons Major Arcana works so well is because it’s addictive and fun, which could explain how these characters got into such a mess in the first place.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is wild music, a celestial cabaret that absorbs and unsettles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a more honest, human, realistic--and totally wonderful--guide to life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lee’s lyrics are sometimes sentimental to the point of potentially seeming trite, but they’re logical for a situation where love and pain have become so overwhelming that simple statements seem the most trustworthy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burial’s success has brought with it imitators, but with this EP he’s outwitted them all by introducing a gloriously widened palate to his music that is both instantly familiar and shockingly unlikely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a deeply personal record, unequivocally sensual.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burn is her first album recorded with a full band, though the resultant fuzzily glam swagger doesn’t forsake her wise style, instead coming off like Bill Callahan covering T Rex.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is an LP that feels more in sync with contemporary music than ever before. There are notes here of Oneohtrix Point Never, Clams Casino, and Tim Hecker. Crucially, though, Present Tense roams a landscape which couldn’t have been charted by anyone else.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Justin Vernon before him, with Lost In The Dream Adam Granduciel seems to be heading for things far bigger than anyone could ever have expected. This is one War On Drugs that might just succeed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mac knows better than to let his bellyaching get in the way of everyone else's good time--instead, he’s simply dialled down the quirk and written his best record yet.