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 Random Access Memories
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
3,725 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Within all the emotional turmoil, there's a lot for the listener to love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not an easy listen, but it may just be one of the most nuanced, soothing and adventurous of 2013.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with some modern art, you may find Silence Yourself leaves you whispering, “I appreciated it, but I didn’t love it.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you were looking for a new Bowie, Patrick Wolf is proving himself the Thin White Duke's successor in more than just his extravagant dress sense.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A new, added tunefulness makes this a much-welcome Exile In Nihilist-ville.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a folk-gospel tribute album with harmony and backing vocals so powerful you'd think it was the population of New Jersey marching in Technicolor over the grey, polluted Hudson singing along. [22 Apr 2006, p.39]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's music for downhearted cattle rustlers to mournfully skin steers to. [9 Apr 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Easy Pain proves hard to like; and with little more than aimless aggression to cling onto for eight songs, you realise it’s all muscle.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hegarty's songs and personality suit the drama of orchestral arrangements, providing him with the perfect platform to 'perform' rather than sing--and his voice works in perfect harmony with the 42 musicians behind him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What remains is pure, unspoilt guitar-pop genius that demands to be marvelled at. [18 Sep 2004, p.65]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At 73 minutes, it could easily have been boiled down to give it more punch, but you can’t bemoan the celebratory feel of The People In Your Neighbourhood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Michaelson’s oaken, hefty voice is flecked with creaks of optimism, while the band slump elegantly into their forlorn Americana, to stand proudly alongside the likes of Bill Callahan and The National.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s also clarity in the lyrics--some of his most direct yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overall impression is of gloomy landscape paintings with a spooky, residual feeling that God might be hiding behind every cloud or passing tumbleweed - electrifying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For, as derivative and daft as The Apples are, it's impossible, like a scowling adolescent laughing at the antics of his irritating kid brother, to hate them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, SY fail to get into their groove between twisted, brutalised melody and spastic six-string experimentalism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seems that after all the pale imitators, Radiohead finally have a competitor worthy of healthy comparison.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sheffield's ever-progressive 65daysofstatic have outdone themselves here, loading their fifth album of megaton guitar instrumentals with electronic styles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Catchy and abstract in equal measure, Sea When Absent is the thrilling sound of shoegazing introverts coming out of their shells.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a hollow, unforgiving, brutal yet utterly beautiful record, full of deep intricacies that won’t let you go. ‘By The Throat’ indeed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is indeed a really good record--but not a patch on their 1988 masterpiece 'Daydream Nation'. [17 Jun 2006, p.37]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning LP that, in a just world, would do for Roky what the "American Recordings" series did for Johnny Cash.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s no revolution, but It’s Blitz!’s heartfelt love letter to the transcendent possibilities of the dancefloor is an unexpectedly emphatic reassertion of why Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of the most exciting bands of this decade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time there are killer hooks aplenty that immediately hit the spot. Midnight scorchio, more like.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This new music sounds fresh, vibrant and effortless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's two sides to Nedry. One is given to taking faintly voguish reference points, lopping off the sharp edges and smoothing out the kinks. It's pretty, but weirdly bloodless....The other is less polite....Message to the band: ignore your nicer side in future.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This LP could have injected some creativity back into 4/4, instead it settles for quaintness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Black Keys are clearly determined not to get stuck in any such rut, with ‘Brothers’ marking the midway point between the garage-rock stylings of their first few albums and the hip-hop influence of last year’s Blackroc side-project album.
    • 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.