New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 4,216 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 AM
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
4216 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale’s delirious sing-song brings notes of fancy to tracks like ‘Dream Genie’, but Lightning Bolt’s aim remains simple: to batter you into ecstatic submission.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rossen is a master craftsman--and one of the best songwriters in modern rock--and with Silent Hour/Golden Mile he's set the bar tantalisingly high for Grizzly Bear's return.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you'll hear all year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He sounds similarly out of it on the dreamy-as-hell pair ‘Drunk And On A Star’ (“I’ve gone dizzy, like a ship/ When that water comes into it”) and ‘Ferris Wheel’ (“Well I lose my mind, sometimes”). By the end of this sublime record, you’ll have lost yours too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shoegazing in origin, barn-storming in conclusion. [24 Jun 2006, p.43]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Great Pretenders is an emotional, emboldened triumph.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a world where a cheap squirt of brass is enough to equal "a new direction", the Super Furries' free-range ideas-farming is a vital antidote to the preservative-pumped junk that curdles music's bloodflow.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They're the sentiments and sounds of West Coast rock becalmed and quietened, stripped of fretwanking excess, and invested with a warmth that transcends cliché. A fortunate, if belated release, and a tragedy averted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In ploughing a unique furrow in pop music, he demands your enjoyment as much as your respect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A notch below the genius of 'Debut' or 'Homogenic' but precious nonetheless. [4 Sep 2004, p.73]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If ‘This Is Happening’ must be a parting shot from this smartest and most human of dance machines, it’s a fine one. Though by LCD’s own standards this takes second place to ‘Sound Of Silver’’s unquestionable gold medal, by any other current band’s measure this is an all-out classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gemma and Sophie Bakerwood and Louise Croft exploring electronica, with deep synth tones, crunching glitch and, on ‘Divided By Surfaces And Silence’ and ‘Skip To The End’, flickers of drum ‘n’ bass. Wordless, sighing vocals grace the semi-acoustic techno of ‘Hearts Not Parts’, the trio’s voices rushing through the gaps in the instrumental wash.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drawing influence across the board, it's a work that not so much mixes genres as smashes them into one visceral, jaw-dropping hybrid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This richly diverse record is markedly Petralli’s own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, Beam is less like some dungaree-wearing, O Brother, Where Art Thou? throwback, and more like the natural - and, frankly, wonderful - successor to the Elliott Smith and Nick Drake school of perfectly beautiful songwriting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately the ponytailed Dane has a distinctive voice that’s both tough and vulnerable, and enough personality in the four tunes on her debut EP to stand out from the crowd.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They have pulled off another album for the modern age, and its stories live in all of us.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Effortlessly hip and seductively suave. [8 Jan 2005, p.44]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fragile piano melody of 'Just Like You' stands out, but this 90-minute piece is best digested whole, as another accomplished Reznor film score.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stripped of all the sonic flotsam that usually surrounds them, Animal Collective come into their own--if you can ignore the chatter to listen with innocent ears, they surpass ‘good’ and remain bewildering.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Sung Tongs' brought a smattering of organization to the band's chaos, and now 'Feels' finally sees them emerge, blinking, into the sunlight. [15 Oct 2005, p.35]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s an occasional tendency for the guitars to spill into the clunky arena rock territory preferred by Lenny Kravitz--who shreds on ‘Face The Sun’ but Wildheart impresses nonetheless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you imagine the noise God makes just before he eats a slice of cheese on toast, then comparably, that’s how satisfyingly yearning the 65 minutes of 'Takk…' sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A cacophonous, fearsome and shadowy delight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neko Case’s sixth album is typically sumptuous and lusciously heart-rending.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lurches spectacularly from lounge-jazz to avant-vaudeville and takes a pop at everything in between. [14 Jan 2006, p.34]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rips is a reminder of rock’s glorious communal potential.