New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,902 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 3.9 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:
3,902 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rips is a reminder of rock’s glorious communal potential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So contagious is their enthusiasm, you could start thinking that black-clad nihilism has kept music to itself for way too long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Yoshimi...' sets yet another benchmark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This music is the electronic, Warp-inspired answer to Brian Wilson's 'Smile.' [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Love, then, is the moment it all came together for Caribou.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like the title of his debut, Indiana’s curious ringmaster Stith is a contradiction in terms. Don’t be put off--he’s a contradiction worth losing yourself to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that anyone who’s ever demanded anything interesting from rock music should hear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any criteria an astonishing work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild Beasts have undergone a sea change, and this beautiful album is a treasure that deserves plundering.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swans' bleakness is beset with great beauty, black wings to another world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this album is the sound of the future.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's every ounce of Idlewild's potential fulfilled at once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album to fall in love to, to break up to, to drown sorrows to, or to bounce around to. One-hit wonders? Well, the wonders part is right.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real-life pop record. Well, not pop in the Girls Aloud sense of the word obviously, more in the drop-dead, fuzz-box brilliant 'Here Comes Your Man' sense. [10 Jul 2004, p.48]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's genuinely surprising, beautifully wrought and announces TNP as one of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clearly adult, unfashionably sensitive document, all grace and understatement, experimental through what it leaves out, and the effects it plants in the background.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’ve made an absolutely magical record--the jagged edges of their past have been smoothed by the sea, making Teen Dream a soft shore gem in the crown of the great chronicles of youth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every tangled note of Option Paralysis drips with honesty and endeavour, and it shines like a beacon of integrity in a world that's been focus-grouped into the dirt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even if you've been fortunate enough to live with these tracks over the last year or so, they still sound more vital, more likely to make you form your own band than anything else out there.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically lucid and sonically exciting. [11 Jun 2005, p.67]
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooked up in a session originally meant to spawn a batch of B-sides, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed instead debuts 10 songs that outstrip LC!’s debut album at every turn.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most doubter-defying second album since 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'.