New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,680 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Random Access Memories
Lowest review score: 0 Two
Score distribution:
3,680 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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]
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    • 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
    • 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]
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    • 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
    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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dylan's voice is the star. [26 Aug 2006, p.43]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a blessing that the surrogate mum to the hip-hop youth of America is out there pushing for sounds as deranged, commercial, newly kinetic, and socially risque as those licking your ears in 'X-tasy' and 'Slap! Slap! Slap!'.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's thrillingly obvious that Junior Boys have made one of the year's best albums. [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tension created by the lyrics and music is wonderful and uneasy, ensuring that The Idler is endlessly fascinating and unlike anything else you're likely to hear this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Merriweather..., their psych-pop pinnacle, shares the simultaneous relentless complexity and instant simplicity of the best Of Montreal albums, but where Kevin Barnes’ last effort got lost in its clever-clever weirdness, shifting rhythms and textures in a way that felt like standing onboard a bus going down a mountain, Animal Collective’s is an easy, good-natured beast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their world - sexual, drug-filled, and occasionally paranoid - has become progressively darker, and as such we find them nothing less than guardians of the rock flame.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen to the beats and you'll find The Neptunes' best work in years. [27 Jan 2007, p.31]
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