New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,842 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 These Were The Earlies
Lowest review score: 0 Streets Of Gold
Score distribution:
3,842 music reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    X-Press 2 are like a dancefloor Oasis; great at pleasing the crowds, less good at innovation, and fatally weakened by their reverence for washed-up old rockers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As dated as it undoubtedly is, it still makes for a pleasant enough ride.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This smartly dressed record may allow James to feel at least slightly relevant again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When they're fragile, Looper are precious, when they're whimsical they're plain weedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Merely a decent Morphine album.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although clearly Canibus is undoubtedly one of the best freestyling lyricists of his generation, he's still to find the right production team to match his vocabulary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If there's a problem, it's that... it all sounds rather familiar and comfortable. [22 Jan 2005, p.51]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem for Athlete is that Coldplay are returning in a matter of weeks to show how it's really done. [29 Jan 2005, p.59]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Understated, ramshackle garage-pop treats. [22 Jan 2005, p.51]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's often hugely clever... but tends to forget that the best metaphors are the ones that make you crack involuntary smiles, not the ones that require five minutes and a dictionary. [26 Feb 2005, p.66]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Will only sound sweeter as summer draws nearer. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A horrible, hysterical splurge of splenetic punk rock, processed beats and whimsical experimental chaos. Which is no bad thing. [5 Feb 2005, p.51]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A 30-track nonsense-o-paedia of speed-metal twatabouts. [9 Apr 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Touted as half 'Get Ready', half 'Technique', it lives up to every predictable stylistic retread that entails, to the point of self-parody.... Thank Christ, then, that the songs are so good. [26 Mar 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's music for downhearted cattle rustlers to mournfully skin steers to. [9 Apr 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An odd album. [13 Aug 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Light' is let down by anaemic sound. [16 Apr 2005, p.51]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The generous would suggest this is the album Oasis should be trying to make; the cynical that it's a collection the Inspiral Carpets did make over a decade ago. [7 May 2005, p.66]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you've ever wondered what growing up in middle-class 1970s America would have been like, these deeply personal revelations are for you. [30 Apr 2005, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's certainly nothing here that'll match 'Wonderwall' or 'Live Forever' for pub karaoke ubiquity, but with this record Oasis are at least tentatively stretching themselves in new directions. [28 May 2005, p.61]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the album is weighed down by its very gentleness. [30 Apr 2005, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    DB's spry, Breeders-style way of recasting '60s and '70s rawk is enough to rescue it--and us--from tedium. [23 Jul 2005, p.50]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Manages to contain enough surprise turns and twists... to keep you interested. [25 Jun 2005, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Had the entirety of ‘Brassbound’ been as polished as these final two tracks, the Boys would be closer to the promise they exhibited on their debut. Instead, they’ve produced – and have the frightening candour to admit to – their “second debut”.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All done in their trademark chirpy Camden ska way. [30 Jul 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's fair to say you won't hear another album like this in 2005. Or probably until 3005. [30 Jul 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So 'A Bigger Bang' is no masterpiece. As a loss leader to allow them to continue touring, it's not even as good as 'Don't Believe The Truth'. But it's the best record they were going to make, and a world with the Stones is better than one without them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all there is to grind your teeth and hate about CocoRosie, there's much to love. [8 Oct 2005, p.45]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's two ways for the devout Dandys fan to approach 'Odditorium...' . 1) it's their 'Kid A', a brave blunder into a new creed of experimentation into which they will hopefully one day re-work The Tunes. Or 2) what they really wanted to make was a week-long jazz opus played entirely on dying cats, but the record company made them put some proper songs on it.