New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,725 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 AM
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
3,725 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album has a coherency that was absent first time around, and there is also a rattling freshness to the sound that Timbaland has rustled up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thank you very much, Mr Rubin--The Man In Black is still with us. [1 Jul 2006, p.36]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This real-life fairytale is made up of myriad difficult home truths but Marling's hejira, her flight to freedom, makes for absolutely compelling listening. Oh, and there's a happy, redemptive ending to boot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not much more than the sum of its influences, but when its influences are this strong, it really doesn’t matter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'The Czar' is a microcosm of Crack The Skye: thuddingly impressive, richly textured and constantly surprising.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking so many chances means there are inevitable hiccups, but they scarcely matter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album’s first half is fantastic.... The album’s second ‘suite’ is mellower and less consistent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultra-lo-fi, but an album nonetheless stuffed full of rich melodies and arch lyrical observations.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Their third album totaling 75 minutes and spread, slightly unnecessarily, over two CDs, it reaches unexpected new heights in the pantheon of 'metal bands who mellowed out'.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Josh Homme and his all-star pals prove the virtue of taking your sweet time on a record that’s as self-assured as it is damn sexy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Get past the initial jolt of weirdness and you'll find in his delivery a soul-puncturing cry from the very frontlines of life, able to evoke both desperate tragedy and skyscraping joy all at once.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s one of the oddest beauties of the year so far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The style is cool, the moves perfect, but you can take as much of lasting value from a stick of gum as you can from these dank-basement stomps.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Capricornia' and 'Europe' thicken their debut's effervescent jangle to a rich lustre, and Morris' solo uke classic 'Tallulah' makes sending postcards of sausage-eating Germans sound as romantic as dinner on the Danube.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Compulsive and conflicted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Absolutely stunning. [4 Feb 2006, p.29]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Specifically speaking, Elbow have retained their crowns as everyman kings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a crisp, focused wobble through a primarily 'Philophobia'-derived set with drummer Dave Gow and bassist Gary Miller adding crucial propulsive qualities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No great departure, rather 16 more tracks of campfire folk, quivering vocals and a brilliant baby's-eye view of the world. [25 Sep 2004, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Before you even consider the sonic and melodic innovation paraded through the album there’s so much crammed into each of these fifteen songs (without any one of them sounding overproduced or cluttered) that repeated listening is a must.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooked up in a session originally meant to spawn a batch of B-sides, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed instead debuts 10 songs that outstrip LC!’s debut album at every turn.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    America is a profound statement; splicing Fuck Buttons with Sigur Rós in a state-of-the-union address balanced between hope, despair and an accomplished collision of strings, brass, soaring choirs and beats.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Often, fantastically, all at the same time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most doubter-defying second album since 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are plenty of familiar garage-y thrills to be found here, but a new sense of menace too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A titanic assault of monstrous proportions. [29 Jan 2005, p.59]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Immunity is expertly paced, and as good for coming down as it is for coming up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a bloodymindedness on The Monitor that is equally infuriating and invigorating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real star of the show isn’t the often-bloodless figure of Thomas Mars, it’s the brilliantly detailed production, centred around the dovetailing drum and guitar chops, best heard via headphones for the full stroboscopic effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily their finest record yet, a genre-shrugging masterpiece of delicate musicianship and warm feeling.