New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,960 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Embryonic
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
3,960 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's every ounce of Idlewild's potential fulfilled at once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is undoubtedly a good record. It's just that in the Beasties' case, merely being good doesn't seem, well, y'know, good enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs contain the record's protest element as well as its exemplary musicality: heartbreaking soul choruses, classical samples and '80s rocksteady rhythms.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If White Men really recalls anything, it’s those early TV On The Radio records made before Dave Sitek had figured out what he was doing--and you can take that as a sincere compliment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although inescapably discomfiting, the music’s complex textures keep the listener snared.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If all you can see is a tangle of influences then you're standing too close to the picture, and when Skying's visions come into focus, it not only reaffirms that Primary Colours was far from a fluke, but that they could go so much further.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though occasionally too florid, this bass cat’s on the path to majesty.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eye Contact is a piercing glimpse into an imagined Utopia of infinite possibility, as if they've focused their years of digital psychedelic jamming into a single beam, and fired it beyond a horizon peered at in vain by their peers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Somehow they’ve retained their pop nous, making for an album that’s unique, but maddeningly all over the place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moments of beauty cut through the bleakness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The devil be praised that, rather than visiting the shrink or brothel to deal with his sexual dysfunction, the Grinderman went to the studio instead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the rock, you can still dance to it. [Review of U.S. version]
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    The simple fact she's intent on change makes her and the rest of her career infinitely more intriguing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A striking funereal stomp, considering its bleak subject matter, it really shouldn't be quite as sensationally sexy as it is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an unassumingly great record that exists solely to celebrate the pleasures of making a gigantic, melodious racket.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Gives hope to a hip-hop stuck in a mire of mediocrity. [18 Jun 2005, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hopefully Total Control can continue because, brutal as it is, Typical System is the year's finest punk album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a few radio-friendly moments. Happily, they're so sufficiently steeped in classic rawk that songs like 'Curl Of The Burl' don't sound like cynical stabs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Returning to psychedelia of a more modern variety after the Polaris-winning 'Andorra' saw him pegged by some as a '60s revisionist, electronic whiz Dan Snaith's latest offering is a triumph to top even that masterstroke.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Narrower in scope than 'Odelay' but more immediate in impact, it's clearly been conceived as an accompaniment to our hedonistic habit of choice, the last great party album of the millennium.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Against the odds, 'Think Tank' is a success, a record which might not mean much to Strokes fans but which shows Blur's creative spark is undimmed even while their stomach for the pop fight fades.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is both a fine and fun album. [21 May 2005, p.65]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'Grinderman' is an almost defiantly edgy record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.