New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,862 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 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:
3,862 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a collection of ludicrously fresh-sounding, short and sharp material (the majority of tracks are under two-and a-half minutes) that confirms he's in the midst of a seriously impressive rebirth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ESG remain a no-wave New York group unlike any other.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any criteria an astonishing work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This stunning second album... exudes brash, chaotic energy from every pore. [12 Jun 2004, p.48]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mix album of sheer quality.... This should be the soundtrack to every party this summer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every so often a record pops up that seems to exist in some alien world, unscathed by hipster fads and driven forward only by its own gorgeous mindset. With 'The Violet Hour', The Clientele have made a beautifully haunting album of music to take drugs to make music to take drugs to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A demented, disjointed, delicious-as-human-rump-steak modern classic. [23 Oct 2004, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Route One... is an enlightening joy because it trips all over the place, from darkness to bright to fast to slow to synthetic to organic and back again, and that's not because of any one person's influence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Early Fragments is exactly that--a bit fragmented, given that none of the songs were written to sit alongside each other. But as ‘Seer’ suggests, there could be quite a future for Fear Of Men, and this release could start it all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Highly ambitious and original stuff, created in aid of the Scottish Love In Action charity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This resulting debut is a masterpiece of desert blues; blending American guitar licks with Malian groove.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild Beasts have undergone a sea change, and this beautiful album is a treasure that deserves plundering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not to be outdone by US stoner-rock peers Sleep and Earth, who have records out this year, the Dorset satanists have spat out this eighth album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ekstasis reminds us that music can mean so much more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s an impressive display, but the contrast between the two sides is so vast they could easily be two different records.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Japandroids know how to bring the ruckus. But elsewhere the power-chord pummelage gets a bit one-note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Part II is an altogether more personal and laidback affair, concerned with romance and emotions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The TNGHT EP packs five explosive instrumental hip-hop tracks, every one dripping with each producer's trademark sonic flourishes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    July is a career high.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swans' bleakness is beset with great beauty, black wings to another world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's expansively, ecstatically excellent for many of the same reasons as The Field's previous two: blissful, loop-based hymns at the intersection between shoegazing, trance and minimal techno.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, this is merely promising rather than masterful. [14 Oct 2006, p.35]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Old
    Tracks like 'Torture' borrow far too liberally from A$AP Rocky's cloud-rap aesthetic to be considered original. But otherwise, Old is a perfect example of why 2013 is a very exciting time for hip-hop.