New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,883 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:
3,883 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If White Men really recalls anything, it’s those early TV On The Radio records made before Dave Sitek had figured out what he was doing--and you can take that as a sincere compliment.
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs splatter unpredictably with little concern for cohesion, forming a whole that is emphatically unique.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soused manages to feel understated and ripe for listeners to engage with entirely on their own terms.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For in the Düsseldorf duo's continuing remit to bewilder and dazzle, conformity is the enemy. Sick of being billeted as d'n'b smugsters, 'Idiology' is a post-everything record - it's the sound of music being carefully shredded in the hope of finding something new and better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Recorded with help from Fantomas shrieker Mike Patton and Buzz ‘Melvins’ Osbourne on guitar, Carboniferous rocks out with little competition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PUP
    Intelligent and visceral in equal measure, PUP is effortlessly cool, charmingly nerdy and wholly brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Psychological trauma aside, there’s a warmth to Weiss’ soft, sighing vocals and Daniel Falvey’s rippling guitar textures that lifts Loom to the heavens.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking so many chances means there are inevitable hiccups, but they scarcely matter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You leave American Gangster longing for more of this don't-give-a-fuck attitude, but the feeling that presides is Jay-Z patting his wallet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That same battle between tension and relaxation runs throughout, fueling this understated gem of an album.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a success, the influence of the body on the music making it sound positively alive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    They’ve kept those colours nailed firmly to the mast, and never more so than on ‘No Money Music’, an aptly named track that adopts the aural scare tactics of Suicide’s ‘Frankie Teardrop’.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a serious album for serious rock fans, even though taking anything seriously isn’t exactly Andy Falkous, Jack Egglestone, Jimmy Watkins and Julia Ruzicka’s strong point.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Movements is full of urgency; songs struggling to keep up with everything thrown at them.