New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 4,379 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Godfather
Lowest review score: 0 Everybody Wants To Be On TV
Score distribution:
4379 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Four years on, his fifth album just feels stodgily generic.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Just when you think they’ve already smithereened the silly barrier, what the world needs most swiftly turns up: Hadouken! go Auto-Tune.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rolling Blackouts sees them doing what The Go! Team do: flailing and yelping like meth-addicted Energiser bunnies, which, as you may have figured, is not a compliment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Only the Bond-esque 'Confide In Me' is worthwhile in an otherwise sorry array of pop bangers left soggy on the barbecue.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The debut album from half-Scottish, half-Swedish songwriter Nina Nesbitt is pop so sugary it’ll rot your teeth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's an album full of the sort of drippy ballads and droopy soft rock that should induce an involuntary gag reflex in anyone under the age of 45.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    'Ultra Payloaded' is largely sub-U2.
    • 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
    If soukous and Congolese rumba sound exotic, the reality is as bland as yam quiche.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sparse, directionless and half-formed, Trans AM's eighth LP is nowhere near the radical transformation its title suggests.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Undersexed and over here, let's send them back to where they, indeed, belong.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    At best, his words are boring, silly or totally forgettable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The title track is 11 minutes of painfully celestial balladeering self-indulgence, a mess of standard-Sufjan jittering flutes mixed with the most offensive noise from his best-avoided early electronic period.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's now something a bit crumbly, a bit rattly about E&TB. [17 Sep 2005, p.58]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A lacklustre collection of what sounds like pallid versions of previous hits.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Musically this is the sound of middle America at its most ugly and nauseating...
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Vile, goth-jock pop with all the wit and nuance of a urine-soaked sock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    You
    Their latest album You is very much an acquired taste, a wonky clatter that eight fellas with wayward Warren Ellis beards and DIY instrument workshops in their sheds will surely jizz themselves silly over.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s business as usual with the release of their spaghetti-mess fourth.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Allen’s old sharp eye feels watery on Sheezus, squinting at the discourse around feminism, race and privilege unfolding online in 2014, and riding them as a bandwagon back to the middle of the very space the Myspace-spawned pop star once owned, but not having the conviction to do much with them once she’s arrived.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Just when you think Audio Secrecy can get no more infuriating, you find the most overwrought of the ballads lodging their tunes inside the melodic part of your cranium.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The music is as grotesquely over-produced as its lyrics are undercooked, with glossy drum rolls and naff scratching segments fighting for attention on the gruesome battlefield.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this is not only their weakest album, it's their most confused.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Too much of Not Your Kind Of People is pedestrian, anodyne and utterly unremarkable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    After two albums treading water in the tricky oceans of landfill indie, the tides are turning.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    More problematic than the bad lyrics or air of disengagement is Higgins' involvement. Too much of the album sounds washed out and painfully clean.
    • 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.
    • 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.