New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,455 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Is This It?
Lowest review score: 0 Two
Score distribution:
3,455 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'Jarvis' never quite gathers an irresistible momentum like his past glories did. There isn't a bad song on here, but there are several which don't fulfil their full potential.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their debut is a gale-force riot, a virtual tempest of joyous abandon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Christopher Nolan ever does one of his gritty makeovers on Twilight, the soundtrack’s as good as sewn up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the clipped melodies and eerie tinklings are gently brushing your feet with a feather duster, Margaret Fiedler is fiercely proclaiming, "Something's gotta give/And it sure as hell ain't me" ('T Street') like a mightily pissed-off Edith Piaf.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their most well-rounded effort yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Album of the year? It's definitely a contender. [7 Aug 2004, p.49]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Time will tell how Primary Colours stands up to the likes of "Loveless" or "Psychocandy," but right now, this feels like the British art-rock album we’ve all been waiting for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ready to break noisily out of the underground, the quintet have made one of the year’s most accomplished metal albums.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Elegant is the way the record confines Diane’s sadness to the past. It doesn’t wallow, it reassesses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It demands that you listen to it in this moment, not that you give it an easy ride because this is the man who made ‘Heroes’; and its songs more than live up to the demand.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of the most recent phases of Patti Smith's musical output (always surprising since 1996's Kurt Cobain tribute 'Gone Again'), Banga is by far the most successful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't just her finest album, but one of early 2012's best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s so much packed into these 15 lush, context-evading songs, though, that map references are pretty futile.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Something about them is essentially alien--yet, very probably, that is the source of their strange, uncanny power.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s well executed, quite odd, highly original and full of promise--exactly what you want from a debut album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Under Construction' is stuck all over with shocks and surprises, more than enough to keep the rogue-scientist glitchmasters who mutated 'Get Ur Freak On' in mischief for months.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her most outward-looking work to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'Aerial' has more than its share of static, but the highs are more than worth the lows. [12 Nov 2005, p.45]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'Chosen Lords' is proof of Aphex Twin's uncommonly rude health, artistically-speaking. [15 Apr 2006, p.33]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine album that, while not likely to win any prizes for Gorillaz-style innovation, will resonate, both musically and lyrically, with fans young rather than old.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s this feverishness that’s key to this magnetic and rewarding album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    Arctic Monkeys’ fifth record is absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of their career. It might also be the greatest record of the last decade.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fair to say that with so much going on 'Contra' is much less immediate than its predecessor, requiring a bit of patience to uncover its true shades, contours and charm. But it's certainly worth sticking with, because with their second album Vampire Weekend have escaped their collegiate niche without sacrificing their true essence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very strange album, which shreds the old White Stripes rulebook (no bass, just guitar and drums) and pushes into territories way beyond the blues and rock of their previous four records.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Justice? Talent to spare, but that doesn't stop '†' being just another frustrating dance music album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    End-time celebrating religious nutbars won’t be finding much eternal hope here, but for everyone else, a perfect soundtrack to the approaching void.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all his fragility, Avi is as good a songwriter as anyone who's ever traded under Sub Pop's logo. And that's quite a claim.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We worry on your {Marnie's] behalf about carpal tunnel syndrome, in fact. Until then, permit us to bug out to the controlled chaos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Last retains the intimacy of their previous recordings, but it's augmented with more orchestral flourishes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Throughout, Settle will blind you with so much sheen you’ll want to tile your bathroom in it. Sadly, the London Grammar-featuring ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ is a bit of an unnecessary cool-down.