New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,899 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:
3,899 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Smile' stands up with any of the great music of the 20th century. [25 Sep 2004, p.63]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album that, lacking the neatly redemptive arc of 'good kid, mAAd city', is also grand and slightly unwieldy.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The good--no, the astonishing--news is that this constantly engrossing record repays a decade and a half's faith and patience. D'Angelo has scuttled down the digital chimney with an early Christmas gift with long-lasting rewards: not just one of the best records of 2014, but one that will stay with you throughout next year, too.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best thing he's done since his game-changing debut, and heartening evidence to suggest the self-professed Louis Vuitton don is in a good place right now.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Probably the most gutsy, timeless recording of his career. [5 Aug 2006, p.29]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A roducer's album in the best sense, showcasing the personal and lyrical over flashy technique. [Review of UK version]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genius. [18 Nov 2006, p.33]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most assured debut albums of the last five years.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The eloquence, barbarism, tenderness and sweat-drenched vitality of 'Elephant' make it the most fully-realised White Stripes album yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two Technicolor explosions of creativity that people will be exploring, analysing and partying to for years.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It might lack the raw appeal of Kendrick's 2011 mixtape 'Section.80', but it's also a big-budget reminder that the 25-year-old hasn't forgotten his roots.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'A Grand Don't Come For Free' is proof that 'Original Pirate Material' wasn't a happy fluke.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her ambition is flabbergasting, let alone that she executes it with bundles of fun and a fizzing personality.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, Strokes have every quality rock'n'roll requires from its finest exponents and Is This It is where they come together.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may sound simple but it's devastatingly effective.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s his masterpiece so far; a staggering collection of unspeakably precious music.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of Sufjan’s most fat-free and consistently stunning records, but also his darkest.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s heavy, assured and profound--a terrific record alone, but also one that sits in the Sleater-Kinney catalogue naturally, like they’ve never been away.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By turns dark, funny and heartbreaking, the songs on 'Original Pirate Material' are snapshots of ordinary life as a young midlands resident, set to innovative two-step production.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shimmering, mournful gem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This richly diverse record is markedly Petralli’s own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those of us who still believe in music's power to redeem, 'Funeral' feels like detox, the most cathartic album of the year. [5 Mar 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's finally made it is an expansive, guest-packed 57 minutes that recall the Southern hip-hop bounce of 2003's 'Speakerboxxx', but with an added twist of maturity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The second album from this perky Philadelphia quartet delivers big on drama and emotion with Frances Quinlan’s voice taking turns between an abrasive snarl and a smooth croon.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The angriest, least compromised, most utterly justified pop record in years ?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    By balancing progression with consolidation, technology with tradition, MMJ have created a work of stunningly expansive ambition. [15 Oct 2005, p.36]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clark’s readiness to be freakish and alone has translated into her songwriting, which is bolder than ever, and out to connect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cranking the urgency and confrontation of last year's self-titled debut to neck-breaking intensity, RTJ2 is an urgent, paranoid album for a violent, panicked time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soul music full of remarkable sonic ideas.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Since I Left You' is proof that while being a vinyl junkie might not make you a teen idol, crafting a joyous, kaleidoscopic masterpiece of sun-kissed disco-pop definitely will.... Cool? Sure, whatever. Brilliant? Undoubtedly.