New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,934 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 X
Lowest review score: 0 Everybody Wants To Be On TV
Score distribution:
3,934 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uniformly excellent.... Few, if any, British bands are making music quite like this right now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Low have always sought to make music that can both swell the heart like a gospel tune and capture the amplified absence of a funeral parlour. It's difficult to imagine a more perfect expression of their vision than this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends arrives as a startling cannon-shot message of brain-thawing intent.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Written around the time Tillman got hitched to this girlfriend, it's a hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love, and being heartily sick of your own bullshit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By assembling a cast of their favourite musicians and delving into their adolescent memories, Daft Punk have created something as emotionally honest as any singer-songwriter confessional--and a lot more fun to dance to.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Suburbs isn't anything as simple as back to basics--they're a much more accomplished, musically interesting band now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most focused, energetic pop record since 'Radiator'.... Certainly, 'Phantom Power' shows up Radiohead's timid adventures, while giving The Coral something to aim for too.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let England Shake is an album that only the Polly Harvey of today could have written.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Syro is amazing: bug-eyed, banging rave that sounds quintessentially Aphex while not quite sounding like anything he’s done before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once I Was An Eagle sets a high bar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Go! Team's eclectic soundclash makes us feel deliriously dizzy. [11 Sep 2004, p.53]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That it’s Portishead’s best album yet is little short of miraculous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burke delivers as pure and proper a record as you'll hear all year. If you've ever laughed or cried, you need to hear this.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is its author Kieran Hebden's best work to date and confirms the prolific young soundmeister as a major talent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smother is deeply sad and lonely, but still a barbed invitation to intimacy; like Coleridge's albatross, an extraordinarily elegant, stunning, (near)-perfect portrait of how terribly bad decisions can turn out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ore of modern Pitchfork rock is here, laid out in all its flawed-diamond beauty. For a canon so flagrant in its faults, Quarantine is all-but faultless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ultimate rare treasure. [24 Sep 2005, p.47]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtuosity and accessibility have never been easy bedfellows, but Strange Mercy is one of those rare albums that makes you think and makes you fall in love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Great Pretenders is an emotional, emboldened triumph.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily the electronic album of the year, but for all that, it doesn't break particularly new ground. The point more is that what ground is broken is done so with exquisite artistry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A miniature classic. [14 Aug 2004, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you'll hear all year.
    • 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.