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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s minimal without being clinical, catchy without being clichéd and, thanks to the influence of MBV and Neu!, full of sonic left turns.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On his Sub Pop debut, he's sliced off the excess, preachy rhetoric for something inventive, bold and brilliantly fresh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fourth album from Caribou is the sound of the summer we're only just getting round to enjoying.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An album of gloomy, almost gothic techno splendour. Beneath its typically sleek, urbane deep house grooves, it beats nervously with foreboding, fear and loathing for humanity as a whole.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Weirdness far from gallops across the dozen songs that make up the pick'n'mix bag of The Whole Love though, as the straight up alt.pop of 'I Might' testifies, coming across something like a breezy Weezer packing PhDs and lime-topped Coronas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s Grace’s own personal journey with gender dysphoria in ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’, ‘Paralytic States’ and ‘Drinking With The Jocks’ that has the most impact, though, the latter being the sort of raging polemic that proves the hardcore spirit of Black Flag is still alive and kicking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect entwining of brain and brawn. [9 Sep 2006, p.37]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They’ve made an absolutely magical record--the jagged edges of their past have been smoothed by the sea, making Teen Dream a soft shore gem in the crown of the great chronicles of youth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    ()
    When it works its magic, as on the opening suite of tracks, you will happily sit mesmerised for seven or eight minutes of glimmering sonic twilight and translucently tingling ambi-organic pearly-dewdrops droppery. But when the spell is broken, as on two or three later tunes, when more traditional instrumentation turns up late and dishevelled for a half-hearted cosmic-rock supernova, the effect is rather like gatecrashing some purgatorial soundcheck by a Pink Floyd covers band in, say, 1968. Or possibly Spiritualized.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every tangled note of Option Paralysis drips with honesty and endeavour, and it shines like a beacon of integrity in a world that's been focus-grouped into the dirt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There really ain't anyone bringing the world party quite like LV.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nine Types...will make those who over-contextualise TVOTR finally quit their chin-stroking and live a little.