New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 4,391 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Two
Score distribution:
4391 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rips is a reminder of rock’s glorious communal potential.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their world - sexual, drug-filled, and occasionally paranoid - has become progressively darker, and as such we find them nothing less than guardians of the rock flame.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any criteria an astonishing work.
    • 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)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, you get the kind of lush musings that’ll soundtrack all the pivotal moments of your wayward summer romance. Blissful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put simply, this is fantasy pop, performed to perfection.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The angriest, least compromised, most utterly justified pop record in years ?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When your nightbus home is beset by phantasmagorical drunkards with beady, threatening eyes, when your ears are bashed by mendacious line managers and eyes beset by the violence of news/advert/news, then this incredible album is your passport to a better place.
    • 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)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all his fragility, Avi is as good a songwriter as anyone who's ever traded under Sub Pop's logo. And that's quite a claim.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complex and artful, there’s no need to understand fugues and canons to appreciate this--its utter perfection and joy is self-evident.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By turns brooding and effervescent, but always outrageous fun, 'Writer's Block' is a compact minor classic.
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically it's astonishing. [28 Aug 2004, p.55]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record of glorious parts that are just too weighty, too emotionally complex and rich to hang together well as a whole.
    • 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
    This is a deeply personal record, unequivocally sensual.
    • 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
    Warpaint's is a different darkness, not delighting in splendour or show, but in deftly exploring a bleak internal, romantically bereft landscape.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complete and utter filth from start to finish, and that's as high a compliment as we can bestow on an album.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Since I Left You' is proof that while being a vinyl junkie might not make you a teen idol, crafting a joyous, kaleidoscopic masterpiece of sun-kissed disco-pop definitely will.... Cool? Sure, whatever. Brilliant? Undoubtedly.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swans' bleakness is beset with great beauty, black wings to another world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine 'Lost Souls' injected with Prozac and a huge dose of weird guitar noises that give you goosebumps from head to toe. That's 'The Last Broadcast'. It's one of those rare albums that makes sense first thing in the morning but you can still yell along to when your head's exploding.
    • 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)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swoon is a bit of a dying whale of a record. In a good way; vast, dark, a little mysterious, sad, dignified and palpably in pain.
    • 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
    Filled with both a clarity of instrumentation and thought, this is an album of undeniably mature work. And one which knows how to effect a large emotional impact without unsightly flexing of the muscles.