New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,794 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 AM
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
3,794 music reviews
    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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
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    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]
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    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To hope for a "Running Up That Hill" or a "Wuthering Heights" would be to miss the point, and the subtle pleasures – there's enough people walking the ways Kate cleared 30 years ago. Follow her footprints off the beaten path, and you'll find some weird winter wonders.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mesmerising album. [11 Mar 2006, p.41]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A remarkable album... like an Americana 'OK Computer.' [22 Jan 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That it’s Portishead’s best album yet is little short of miraculous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burke delivers as pure and proper a record as you'll hear all year. If you've ever laughed or cried, you need to hear this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By freshening up his style without entirely abandoning it, West still has the rest of the rap world playing catch-up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stay Positive not only confirms The Hold Steady’s status as one of the best rock’n’roll bands in the world, but establishes them as one of its most important too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is its author Kieran Hebden's best work to date and confirms the prolific young soundmeister as a major talent.