New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,811 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 Embryonic
Lowest review score: 0 Streets Of Gold
Score distribution:
3,811 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fragile piano melody of 'Just Like You' stands out, but this 90-minute piece is best digested whole, as another accomplished Reznor film score.
    • 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]
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    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lurches spectacularly from lounge-jazz to avant-vaudeville and takes a pop at everything in between. [14 Jan 2006, p.34]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rips is a reminder of rock’s glorious communal potential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So contagious is their enthusiasm, you could start thinking that black-clad nihilism has kept music to itself for way too long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Yoshimi...' sets yet another benchmark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So, business as usual then; SFA have made another enormously enjoyable record, but one that is unlikely to ‘do an Elbow’ and suddenly make them a serious mainstream proposition again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This music is the electronic, Warp-inspired answer to Brian Wilson's 'Smile.' [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas Mogwai’s more recent work threatens to make a formula familiar, Fuck Buttons’ fizzling DIY laboratory still has the invention and ingenuity to surprise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Josef K's candy-striped take on post-punk isolationism sounds both ancient and modern. [18 Nov 2006, p.31]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Love, then, is the moment it all came together for Caribou.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like the title of his debut, Indiana’s curious ringmaster Stith is a contradiction in terms. Don’t be put off--he’s a contradiction worth losing yourself to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Joey Burns and Paul Niehaus from Calexico take part on 'The Shepherd's Dog,' dovetailing neatly with Beam's vividly personal lyrics and ear for gentle, haunting melody.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His skill rests in the realisation that you can't airbrush soul: so, instead of smoothing rough edges, these cuts of cyborg funk fidget with digital tics and gasps. [11 Jun 2005, p.67]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an exercise is sounding totally, defiantly alive, it is a complete success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous album, but sacrifices had to be made. They’ve undeniably lost something that made them special in the first place.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A veritable swoon of a record. [7 Jan 2006, p.28]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What saves this record from being another wallow in the misery of post-fame existence is the music.... 'We Love Life' is a grandiose, symphonic affair buoyed by succinct orchestration and white-light choral interludes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record that anyone who’s ever demanded anything interesting from rock music should hear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For 37 rollicking minutes, they give it the full gun, meeting the challenge of being the biggest garage rock band in the world head-on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of late he’s adopted a sweeter, eddying Americana, and Dream River takes a turn to lush country-soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Remembering, reinventing and emerging with a record as joyful as it is tear-stained, Twin Shadow has crafted something that's understatedly, subtly, almost perfect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Awesome.