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
    • 90 Critic Score
    The doomed relationship cycle in eternal motion or the sound of a heart that won’t stay mended, Honeyblood is visceral pop music giving its prettiest snarl.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Assembled by the album's main beat-peddling prodigy, Lex Luger, they showcase a masterclass in reductionism; juggernauts of hulking, bruising, brick-to-skull intensity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’re too wilfully mad to emulate Tame Impala’s success, but if you’re after a freaking out, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s outrageous noise deserves attention.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Capture/Release' is fresh, unique, original even; its oh-so-contemporary reference points are revisited with such punk-rock vivacity and hell-for-charity-shop-leather vigour that they might be the first band you’d actually believe when they roll out the old "no, honestly, we were doing this long before we’d even heard of Bloc Party".
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Muse have made a ridiculous, overblown, ambitious and utterly brilliant album, with more thrills than their previous three put together.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a deeply personal record, unequivocally sensual.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Daft Punk have pulled off a brilliant wheeze by re-inventing the mid-'80s as the coolest pop era ever. And not even the officially approved retro-kitsch cool of Madonna's lukewarm excursions into post-Daft terrain but all the bubble-permed, sports-jacket-and-jeans excesses they can muster.... Mostly, though, 'Discovery' is simply fantastic pop...
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all this seemingly new wave-laden, impeccably cool, retrograde influence, 'Make Up The Break Down' is indisputably now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Get Ready', Mystikal's fourth LP and his first Billboard chart-topper, is one wholesale fighting muthaf**ker, a full theatre of opportunities to offer the world outside. Women? Mystikal will take you down for one. Or, preferably, two. Reputation? Come see about him. Neighbourhood? You don't wanna go there... Mystikal is the fightingest bastard and his grin's never wider than when he's putting the hurt on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Adams of ‘Love Is Hell’ has gone out to make an album that actually is classic rock ‘n’ roll rather than one that can simply impersonate it, and sound convincing. [Review applicable to both Part 1 and Part 2]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Take Them On, On Your Own' is a masterpiece. You should get hold of it as soon as possible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So believe it: this is the real thing, no-one’s crying wolf, not even Alan McGee.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an age where even Britpop corpse-botherers Brother trumpet their desire to collaborate with Odd Future, the Monkeys have made a record heavily indebted to late-'80s indie and a small group of white, male '70s singer-songwriters: Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Child Of Lov may have started off as a shadowy enigma, but now is when Cole Williams lays his cards on the table. Turns out he was hiding a royal flush.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's clever, brave and seamless enough to become a classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The wonder of 'Stars...' is how magnificently alive all this suburban angst sounds.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A monster of a record. [4 Mar 2006, p.31]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Let It Come Down' is another towering achievement - both musically and emotionally.... This is music as it's meant to be: raw, colossal and awe-inspiring. No wonder everything else just pales in comparison.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each track on their fourth boasting a captivating blend of experimentalism and depth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His outfit have returned with an album that skirts close to perfection in its 35 minutes of glorious madness and transcendent, George Harrison-like guitar solos.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Britain suffers from youth unemployment and economic crisis, our greatest currency is the chime of a golden tune. Peace have delivered 10 of them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    King Night is sick. Not just in the sense that it's outstandingly good but in the fact that it seems extremely unwell.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking Mangum’s recorded-on-cardboard lo-fi folk epics as their ground zero, TRAA turn in the best alt.debut of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All told, it's incredible this is a debut album. Accomplished, yet subtle, it works perfectly as a whole in a way all the production skills in the world couldn't replicate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    X&Y
    Confident, bold, ambitious, bunged with singles and impossible to contain, ‘X&Y’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it does reinforce Coldplay as the band of their time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Muse have widened the goalposts and re-established what rock is allowed to stand for. Next to ‘Absolution’, even something as majestic as ‘Elephant’ sounds so painfully small.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They have done a hell of a lot of growing up. An immense album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Myths Of The Near Future' is charged with the same spirit which fuelled legendary rave pranksters The KLF's period of pop subversion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a sleeping giant of a dancefloor creeper that will be everyone’s favourite new electro album in approximately six months’ time.