New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,920 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 These Were The Earlies
Lowest review score: 0 Streets Of Gold
Score distribution:
3,920 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BSP are an odd bunch: out of place, out of time, and quite possibly out of their minds. But given time to explore the depths of this record, they're also often out of this world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not, as has been signalled, Super Furries' best album. It's their worst. That's still aeons better than most other left-of-centre alternative British pop bands, but it's nonetheless a disappointment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rough and rabid ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best live albums that NME has ever heard.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once I Was An Eagle sets a high bar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Go! Team's eclectic soundclash makes us feel deliriously dizzy. [11 Sep 2004, p.53]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its occasional lack of bite and drama, Halcyon Digest's tender, transgressive pop proves a fine and focused addition to a uniquely haunting body of work. Cherish it like you would a phantom limb.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crisp, rolling rap beats and lush instrumentation. Lyrically, ... she's brutally honest about sex and her failings with men. [11 Sep 2004, p.55]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    45:33 is loads of fun, a satisfying folly that's as central to an appreciation of "Sound Of Silver" as the lyric sheet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If he carries on writing songs as deliciously sour as this, dance music will end up needing to be saved from James Murphy, not by him. [22 Jan 2005, p.50]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picking us up where the laptop prof's 'Los Angeles' debut dropped us for another nocturnal journey through LA that serves as a moody, widescreen, be-bopping riposte to UK dubstep. Only this time it's a flashier ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a shotgun blast of cranked guitars, bruising hardcore and canyon-sized choruses, and it's mesmerising.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all the strange twists and turns, the rich layers and dark beauty to be found, nothing here grabs you and sets up home in your heart like 'Veckatimest' did.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    This pervading sense of control and commitment to her art proves that Twigs is set on building the sound of the future all by herself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sparkly, concise art-rock delight. [10 Jul 2004, p.47]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is an LP that feels more in sync with contemporary music than ever before. There are notes here of Oneohtrix Point Never, Clams Casino, and Tim Hecker. Crucially, though, Present Tense roams a landscape which couldn’t have been charted by anyone else.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A set of heartbreak hymns to sob come curfew time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most of these 33 tracks are uptempo bolts of energy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As intimate, beautiful and witty as ever, there’s an impassioned life in Leonard that's missing from many artists a quarter of his age.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Behold their evolution: while 2008's 'The Chemistry Of Common Life' album was drenched in religious connotations and spiritual euphemisms, this time, their rock opera about romance and death at an English lightbulb factory (seriously) is theatrics personified, taking listeners on a quest while still abiding by their precious DIY ethic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Justin Vernon before him, with Lost In The Dream Adam Granduciel seems to be heading for things far bigger than anyone could ever have expected. This is one War On Drugs that might just succeed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OST
    Fact is, if you know enough about Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays to want to watch the movie, you probably own everything on this record already.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sporadically brilliant, perhaps it is The Knife’s Inland Empire--a fearless piece of work with its own logic, one that shears away all safety nets.