New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,809 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
3,809 music reviews
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a collection of enthralling confessionals where stabs of bleakness mean that heavy bleeding dominates.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uniformly excellent.... Few, if any, British bands are making music quite like this right now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Low have always sought to make music that can both swell the heart like a gospel tune and capture the amplified absence of a funeral parlour. It's difficult to imagine a more perfect expression of their vision than this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album's two-hour stretch may seem offputtingly dense at first, but give them time, and Swans will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends arrives as a startling cannon-shot message of brain-thawing intent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It marks the dawning of an era of British music that isn’t just for the casual petrol shop consumer, but stuff so important that you can give yourself to it completely. This is the album that’s going kick open the door for all the great British bands that’ll sweep through in their wake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s mastered this stylistic skittishness and you’ll do well to find much dispute about his talent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    It's strange that such a traditional set-up (drums, bass, keys, guitars, voices) has resulted in one of 2009's most unique debuts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Waves of unidentifiable noise, dulcet vibraphone pulses and singer/guitarist Jonsi's ethereal singing (more like some ghostly instrument than any conventional vocal, borne out by Jonsi's fictional 'language', Hopelandish, which he often sings in) mesh to create an elegant, grand music that's equally ambient and epic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By assembling a cast of their favourite musicians and delving into their adolescent memories, Daft Punk have created something as emotionally honest as any singer-songwriter confessional--and a lot more fun to dance to.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record with the bleak-yet-redemptive spirit of REM's 'Automatic For The People' and the musical magnificence of a 'Deserter's Songs'. But also a record that - as much as 'London Calling' or 'What's Going On' - holds a deep, dark, truthful Black Mirror up to our turbulent times.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a gripping darkness that doesn't often lift. It's hard going, but it's worth it, and that is undoubtedly their point.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Suburbs isn't anything as simple as back to basics--they're a much more accomplished, musically interesting band now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They can still write the most incredibly beautiful songs. [23 Oct 2004, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MIA innovates club music, art music and pop music at every turn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most focused, energetic pop record since 'Radiator'.... Certainly, 'Phantom Power' shows up Radiohead's timid adventures, while giving The Coral something to aim for too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their remix of Blues Explosion's 'Mars, Arizona' is the best record of the last five years, no question.... The rest? Merely brilliant. [15 Apr 2006, p.33]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let England Shake is an album that only the Polly Harvey of today could have written.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas Murphy's wise enough never to let his showing off spoil the fun, he can't avoid investing these songs with heart and soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as if Garbus is powered by primal, wrong-righting spirits that click like a force of nature.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy enough just to drift off and let these tracks gently massage your eardrums like a hover of trained hummingbirds. But if you choose to look beneath the surface, each track audibly vibrates with ideas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Van Etten tackles heartache with refreshing sharpness, distilling complex sentiments into something beautifully simple.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bon Iver is the sound of a man making peace with the world, saxophones and all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Blackest Beautiful is a strong, focused record from beginning to end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For now though, this is a very fine record. Not Herculean exactly, but certainly something that NME loves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Syro is amazing: bug-eyed, banging rave that sounds quintessentially Aphex while not quite sounding like anything he’s done before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her UK debut album manages to piece together many of the elements of her chameleon-like career (Robyn is essentially a Best Of collection) and come up with what is the most inventive pop album you’ll hear all year.