New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,583 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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 AM
Lowest review score: 0 Two
Score distribution:
3,583 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen to the beats and you'll find The Neptunes' best work in years. [27 Jan 2007, p.31]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to know about the Glasgow scene which spawned Franz Ferdinand, 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' is pretty much essential. [21 May 2005, p.66]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slightly less lo-fi than previous efforts--although as it blends together Slayer, Japanese noisecore and warp-speed prog intricacy, sound recording fidelity is a relative concept. [5 Nov 2005, p.45]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the hands of someone less witty and schizoid, a near three-hour epic would be unforgivable, but Merritt at play is frequently magical.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The immediate reference point would be a Swedish Coral to the power of ten--but it's more mental, more hippy and psychedelic. [14 May 2005, p.67]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is wild music, a celestial cabaret that absorbs and unsettles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bad As Me has to rank as a disappointment, since there are no surprises to match Real Gone's sepulchral funk or Orphans'... breathtaking sweep.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dear Science cuts through genres like a laser through a music encyclopaedia, making strange connections, but always with pop clarity as the ultimate aim. As ever, Sitek’s production shines.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Odd, addictive, unsettling and beautiful. [8 Jul 2006, p.41]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PJ Harvey's best album since 1991's 'Dry', a return to the feral intensity of that remarkable debut.... The clarity of the electric guitars played by Harvey, Rob Ellis and Mick Harvey is enough to make you fall in love with elemental rock all over again.... You could quibble Harvey has absolved her responsibilities by making an album earthed in the New York sound of 20 or 30 years ago. But when rock is so invigorating, so joyous about love, sex and living, all arguments are null and void.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bits of it rule.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this is clearly not the record Smith intended to make, it's still an immensely gripping and cohesive piece of work. [23 Oct 2004, p.47]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By its close, 'The Blueprint' has eloquently mapped out life's foundations: laughter, tears, joy and pain, and has marked the Jigga as the complete rapper.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, it was staggering.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly the one Sleater-Kinney album that everyone should have. [21 May 2005, p.66]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] brilliant album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a well-crafted debut from a worthy new artist, but it’s competent rather than compelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By trading nonsensical time signatures and atonal bursts for fluidity and stadium rock, they've subtracted from their former wretchedness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is murderously good stuff. [25 Sep 2004, p.64]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Guaranteed to leave you speechless, one way or another. [12 Mar 2005, p.58]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A harmonious hardcore Dispute.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is a fatal flaw with 'Arular' which means it never makes the step up from 'solid debut' to all-time classic. MIA clears her throat, grabs your attention: and then has nothing to say. [16 Apr 2005, p.49]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Remedy' is probably as good a dance album as anyone from these Isles has produced this decade.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You have to wade through a lot of plaid-shirted, porch-rocking psychedelia before you get there. The patient pilgrim, though, can look forward to unearthing the widescreen Laurel Canyon-birthed wonder of 'Your Protectors' after one or two plays.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MBV is not really an album at all, but an oeuvre in fast-forward.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst 'The Argument' still sounds unmistakably Like Fugazi, it's the sound of an inspirational band, renewed, at play.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one thing to make a clever record, it is quite another to make a clever record that could pass for a pop album, and which oozes humanity while simultaneously delivering a perfect snapshot of modern British life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically it's astonishing. [28 Aug 2004, p.55]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if Prince, Madonna, Paul Weller, Shane MacGowan, Ice-T and Michael Jackson got together to form a freakish supergroup, they’d struggle to make an album containing as much vitality, humour and invention as Cave and his wizened cronies have.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uniformly excellent.... Few, if any, British bands are making music quite like this right now.