New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 4,032 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 Is This It?
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
4,032 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The five tracks on M3LL155X feel like parts of a whole, musically and thematically connected in a way you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a between-albums EP.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that on The Mindsweep, Shikari's message is occasionally lost among the madness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen to the beats and you'll find The Neptunes' best work in years. [27 Jan 2007, p.31]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She might not want a pedestal, but there aren’t many songwriters who’d make better use of it.
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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
    It may be titled From Kinshasa, but this record could easily be from the future.
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Guaranteed to leave you speechless, one way or another. [12 Mar 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A harmonious hardcore Dispute.