New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,641 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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Embryonic
Lowest review score: 0 Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Score distribution:
3,641 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a set of two halves whose hands won't hold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The clarity is chill-wave level rather than that of a tape that had been dropped in a bath, then dried with a hairdryer. And, more importantly, the songs sound better than ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine 'Lost Souls' injected with Prozac and a huge dose of weird guitar noises that give you goosebumps from head to toe. That's 'The Last Broadcast'. It's one of those rare albums that makes sense first thing in the morning but you can still yell along to when your head's exploding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As debut albums go, it's terrific.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bejar creates an astonishing world in just nine songs; it's his finest work to date, and excessive, but irresistibly so.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily the electronic album of the year, but for all that, it doesn't break particularly new ground. The point more is that what ground is broken is done so with exquisite artistry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A miniature classic. [14 Aug 2004, p.49]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rossen is a master craftsman--and one of the best songwriters in modern rock--and with Silent Hour/Golden Mile he's set the bar tantalisingly high for Grizzly Bear's return.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you'll hear all year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shoegazing in origin, barn-storming in conclusion. [24 Jun 2006, p.43]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lee’s lyrics are sometimes sentimental to the point of potentially seeming trite, but they’re logical for a situation where love and pain have become so overwhelming that simple statements seem the most trustworthy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a world where a cheap squirt of brass is enough to equal "a new direction", the Super Furries' free-range ideas-farming is a vital antidote to the preservative-pumped junk that curdles music's bloodflow.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They're the sentiments and sounds of West Coast rock becalmed and quietened, stripped of fretwanking excess, and invested with a warmth that transcends cliché. A fortunate, if belated release, and a tragedy averted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In ploughing a unique furrow in pop music, he demands your enjoyment as much as your respect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A notch below the genius of 'Debut' or 'Homogenic' but precious nonetheless. [4 Sep 2004, p.73]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If ‘This Is Happening’ must be a parting shot from this smartest and most human of dance machines, it’s a fine one. Though by LCD’s own standards this takes second place to ‘Sound Of Silver’’s unquestionable gold medal, by any other current band’s measure this is an all-out classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drawing influence across the board, it's a work that not so much mixes genres as smashes them into one visceral, jaw-dropping hybrid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time around, Beam is less like some dungaree-wearing, O Brother, Where Art Thou? throwback, and more like the natural - and, frankly, wonderful - successor to the Elliott Smith and Nick Drake school of perfectly beautiful songwriting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately the ponytailed Dane has a distinctive voice that’s both tough and vulnerable, and enough personality in the four tunes on her debut EP to stand out from the crowd.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They have pulled off another album for the modern age, and its stories live in all of us.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Effortlessly hip and seductively suave. [8 Jan 2005, p.44]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ire Works is their most controlled effort to date, even more so than 2004's mainstream-friendly (relatively speaking, of course) "Miss Machine."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stripped of all the sonic flotsam that usually surrounds them, Animal Collective come into their own--if you can ignore the chatter to listen with innocent ears, they surpass ‘good’ and remain bewildering.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Sung Tongs' brought a smattering of organization to the band's chaos, and now 'Feels' finally sees them emerge, blinking, into the sunlight. [15 Oct 2005, p.35]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gratuitous filth, basically. It’s funny, but also a pity, because Yeezus is so tight, so bold, that with a few tweaks Kanye could’ve made his rock for the ages. As it is, he’ll have to settle for one of the best records of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you imagine the noise God makes just before he eats a slice of cheese on toast, then comparably, that’s how satisfyingly yearning the 65 minutes of 'Takk…' sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A cacophonous, fearsome and shadowy delight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neko Case’s sixth album is typically sumptuous and lusciously heart-rending.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burn is her first album recorded with a full band, though the resultant fuzzily glam swagger doesn’t forsake her wise style, instead coming off like Bill Callahan covering T Rex.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sometimes you wish Meloy would just put away his studied thesp-schlock and say, "Man, I'm sick of singing about Victorian peasants. I got dumped once. I want to write about that..." [27 Jan 2007, p.31]
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