New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,732 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 AM
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
3,732 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though occasionally too florid, this bass cat’s on the path to majesty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album to fall in love to, to break up to, to drown sorrows to, or to bounce around to. One-hit wonders? Well, the wonders part is right.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burial’s success has brought with it imitators, but with this EP he’s outwitted them all by introducing a gloriously widened palate to his music that is both instantly familiar and shockingly unlikely.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eye Contact is a piercing glimpse into an imagined Utopia of infinite possibility, as if they've focused their years of digital psychedelic jamming into a single beam, and fired it beyond a horizon peered at in vain by their peers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Somehow they’ve retained their pop nous, making for an album that’s unique, but maddeningly all over the place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moments of beauty cut through the bleakness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The devil be praised that, rather than visiting the shrink or brothel to deal with his sexual dysfunction, the Grinderman went to the studio instead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the rock, you can still dance to it. [Review of U.S. version]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real-life pop record. Well, not pop in the Girls Aloud sense of the word obviously, more in the drop-dead, fuzz-box brilliant 'Here Comes Your Man' sense. [10 Jul 2004, p.48]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's genuinely surprising, beautifully wrought and announces TNP as one of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The simple fact she's intent on change makes her and the rest of her career infinitely more intriguing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A striking funereal stomp, considering its bleak subject matter, it really shouldn't be quite as sensationally sexy as it is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an unassumingly great record that exists solely to celebrate the pleasures of making a gigantic, melodious racket.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clearly adult, unfashionably sensitive document, all grace and understatement, experimental through what it leaves out, and the effects it plants in the background.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Gives hope to a hip-hop stuck in a mire of mediocrity. [18 Jun 2005, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hopefully Total Control can continue because, brutal as it is, Typical System is the year's finest punk album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a few radio-friendly moments. Happily, they're so sufficiently steeped in classic rawk that songs like 'Curl Of The Burl' don't sound like cynical stabs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Returning to psychedelia of a more modern variety after the Polaris-winning 'Andorra' saw him pegged by some as a '60s revisionist, electronic whiz Dan Snaith's latest offering is a triumph to top even that masterstroke.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Narrower in scope than 'Odelay' but more immediate in impact, it's clearly been conceived as an accompaniment to our hedonistic habit of choice, the last great party album of the millennium.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Filled with both a clarity of instrumentation and thought, this is an album of undeniably mature work. And one which knows how to effect a large emotional impact without unsightly flexing of the muscles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Against the odds, 'Think Tank' is a success, a record which might not mean much to Strokes fans but which shows Blur's creative spark is undimmed even while their stomach for the pop fight fades.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is both a fine and fun album. [21 May 2005, p.65]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    'Grinderman' is an almost defiantly edgy record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, we could have done without the plodding, church-baiting 'Hash Wednesday', but songs such as 'Explode', and 'On A Fix' more than make up for it and are so incredibly abrasive that you probably shouldn't put 'Eyes & Nines' next to valuable records on your shelf.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    eedly bass, tumultuous drums and big, dirty guitars careen beneath Casey's deadpan delivery, building riotously enjoyable labyrinthine passages that lead to nowhere, though Protomartyr make the journey feel essential.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it’s not quite all gold--over two CDs the listener’s resistance to slap bass and super-smooth vocals may be tested--the standard as a whole is incredibly high.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it’s not entirely without precedent, there’s still more than enough innovation here to mark Visiter out as one of the summer’s must-have releases.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So We're New Here isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it showcases a producer so in love with the music of now that he not only preserves the power of his source material, but makes it more relevant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you've ever wondered what growing up in middle-class 1970s America would have been like, these deeply personal revelations are for you. [30 Apr 2005, p.64]
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