New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,444 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Grey Album
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
3,444 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Volume 2' is a suite of profoundly unhurried, directionless and pointless noodling, passed off only half-heartedly as some exercise in musical exploration.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Doomed to lurk unplayed at the back of your collection. [2 Oct 2004, p.64]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It works for the red-raw confessional 'Family Portrait', but everything else is so bad Natalie Imbruglia would be proud.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This record moves way beyond armchair psychology - in fact, there are armchairs that have a cannier grasp of the mind.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    OST
    It tries to capture the essence of 1973 without having any big hairy old prog hits on it. Which is a bit like trying to capture the essence of the Star Wars films by cutting out all the bits in space.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The sad fact is that Blink-182 are now indistinguishable from the increasingly tedious 'teenage dirtbag' genre they helped spawn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    More of the same from an act who have been ploughing the same furrow for so long they'll be reaching the Earth's core soon. [5 Jun 2004, p.57]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Cydonia is a stillborn relic, flawed throughout by chronically stunted ambitions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Too often, the follow-up to their 600,000-selling debut 'Spit', is plain overbearing, a violent marriage of melody and brutality that makes for a highly uneasy listen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Musically this is the sound of middle America at its most ugly and nauseating...
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Kittie are rubbish, with a permanent lyrical setting of "Feel A Bit Miserable, Parents Don't Understand Me" and no original ideas whatsoever. [21 Aug 2004, p.49]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this is not only their weakest album, it's their most confused.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It seems Shaddix still writes most of his songs in purple ink in diaries with little locks on. [28 Aug 2004, p.56]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    ‘Take A Look In The Mirror’ doesn’t just sound like a bad album, it sounds like a broken record.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Semisonic are the lambswool jumper pulled over the eyes of people who have an irresistible soft spot for 'classic' songwriting. Fail to give their songs full attention - and God knows, that's easy enough - you could almost believe this is literate radio-friendly pop; just the thing for those blustery rides through an imaginary Santa Monica freeway.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Anodyne dance music for people who don't go to clubs, comedown music for people who don't do drugs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    'Worlds Apart' reads like a suicide note of a band that's tried to intellectualise its place in the canon of Western music and, in doing so, recognised its own irrelevance. [22 Jan 2005, p.51]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Reek[s] of overt smugness and wilful obliqueness. [16 Apr 2005, p.51]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    More over-produced introspection. [6 Aug 2005, p.56]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's now something a bit crumbly, a bit rattly about E&TB. [17 Sep 2005, p.58]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For a genre that once sounded astonishingly futuristic, it is quite remarkable how tired and old house sounds now.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This latest effort sees her turn indistinguishable. [1 Apr 2006, p.43]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It can indeed be shunted into the drawer marked "I can't believe I used to like this band." [17 Jun 2006, p.39]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Excruciating fret wankery... appalling metal funk... and Chris Cornell 'singing' like a castrated gibbon throughout. [2 Sep 2006, p.21]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sparse, directionless and half-formed, Trans AM's eighth LP is nowhere near the radical transformation its title suggests.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This stinks of trying too hard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Their songs are either shitty soft-rock or worse, wink-nudge pastiches like the new-wavey 'Someone To Love'.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Vile, goth-jock pop with all the wit and nuance of a urine-soaked sock.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    'Ultra Payloaded' is largely sub-U2.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Angels & Airwaves labour under the illusion that "mature" equals "worthwhile;" and that means long, directionless songs swathed in echo pedals and factory-set keyboards.