New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,900 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:
3,900 music reviews
    • 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]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A remarkable album... like an Americana 'OK Computer.' [22 Jan 2005, p.49]
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    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That's not to say there's not some exceptional music on this record, it's just once again the impact of the best moments is dulled by the inclusion of some indifferent electronic compositions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Lost Tapes is no barrel-scraping… it's more dark magic straight from the source.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    They peddle the same sort of fake-rustic rootsiness that seems to be colonising our era: all these flatpack off-the-peg dreams of Ruritania that iPad-stashing mid-lifes have taken up as a counterpoint to their rabid technophilia.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want it to be, it's brilliant. It's also a record so ambitious, so angry, and so mad-as-a-goose that there are otherwise intelligent people who will hear it once and straight away deem it an interminable racket. [30 Apr 2005, p.61]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's like 'Pet Sounds' born and raised in the Bronx. [26 Mar 2005, p.51]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Inevitably, when the Prozac finally wears off the more 'thoughtful' numbers fall flat on their faces. [20 Aug 2005, p.58]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time round, the humour is more subtle but the observations on life, and increasingly death, are no less keen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What this collection of songs from his mid-'90s creative purple patch shows is that few people in recent times have done sadness so exquisitely.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every bit as stark, foreboding, but utterly singular as 'Tilt'. [6 May 2006, p.33]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their most intriguing, beautiful and dazzling record to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Source Tags And Codes' comes with an albatross-like weight of expectation round its skinny neck - yet happily, it's supported by a band who have grown to match it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you really want a definitive collection of Ice-T's work, go and buy his albums 'Power' (1988) and 'OG - Original Gangster' (1991). This is not to criticise this greatest hits package, which, technically, does a decent job of presenting an overview of his illustrious career. However, when you have an artist like Ice, with such an impressive body of work, you have to come with more than 17 tracks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smother is deeply sad and lonely, but still a barbed invitation to intimacy; like Coleridge's albatross, an extraordinarily elegant, stunning, (near)-perfect portrait of how terribly bad decisions can turn out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s unlikely that you’ll often listen to it in one bout, but whether beguiled one day by its exotic petals and blooms or the next by the less showy trees in the background, Have One On Me is an Elysian record that you’ll return to again and again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those patient enough to wait for this record to relinquish its quiet delights, the treasures waiting to be discovered it are rich indeed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ore of modern Pitchfork rock is here, laid out in all its flawed-diamond beauty. For a canon so flagrant in its faults, Quarantine is all-but faultless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 2009 Projectors have adopted a more enjoyable model, thanks in part to Longstreth holding back that horn.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all the great British pop records of the past five years, Devotion combines the present and the past to make a record that sounds both contemporary and timeless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A record filled with such emotional scope and range that it's tailor-made to showcase Lanegan's world weary roar. [24 Jul 2004, p.47]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Journal For Plague Lovers is an outstanding album in its own right and is not "The Holy Bible." But then again, what is?