New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 4,377 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 These Were The Earlies
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
4377 music reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A+E
    A+E is Coxon's most thrilling and noisy album since 2000's The Golden D.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kiss Each Other Clean is a surprising and majestic triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    on their third album, the combination of Canadian indie (Broken Social Scene), psychedelic ’60s rock (Love), cosmic ’70s pop (ELO) and shoegaze (Ride) is nothing short of beautiful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all this seemingly new wave-laden, impeccably cool, retrograde influence, 'Make Up The Break Down' is indisputably now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What it does do, however, is remind us that he is a copper-bottomed genius.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A painfully honest, emotionally draining album. [22 Jan 2005, p.49]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being doomed seldom sounded so beautiful.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It traverses a spacious, synth-dusted soundworld many future-dreampop miles from their girl-group and grit beginnings; the ambition will be a sonic shock to those who wanted the band to stay the 'working-class heroes' they wryly joke about being. It shouldn't, really.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] brilliant album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterpiece that merges the experimentation and freedom of their side projects with Cave’s most tender songcraft.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mac knows better than to let his bellyaching get in the way of everyone else's good time--instead, he’s simply dialled down the quirk and written his best record yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Love, then, is the moment it all came together for Caribou.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album with a distinct dual personality, Marina’s dazzling ‘The Family Jewels’ pitches the confident, MTV Awards-headlining superstar of our dreams against a more self-deprecating girl-next-door Marina who’s dead set on Supertramping and vamping her way out of her fug.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily the electronic album of the year, but for all that, it doesn't break particularly new ground. The point more is that what ground is broken is done so with exquisite artistry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'The Contino Sessions' can mean whatever you want it to. All we know is that it feels amazing. Warhol also said that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Death In Vegas' glory starts now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's clever, brave and seamless enough to become a classic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the most hardcore disciple is likely to get something they might have missed before. [21 Oct 2006, p.35]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Muse have widened the goalposts and re-established what rock is allowed to stand for. Next to ‘Absolution’, even something as majestic as ‘Elephant’ sounds so painfully small.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A seething, furious album; a declamatory statement against cynicism and passivity and the simple injustices of everyday life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burn is her first album recorded with a full band, though the resultant fuzzily glam swagger doesn’t forsake her wise style, instead coming off like Bill Callahan covering T Rex.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a more honest, human, realistic--and totally wonderful--guide to life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever he does is never less than great, and these 11 songs are no exception.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    See, in All Or Nothing, The Subways haven’t just made a great record – they’ve vindicated everyone who still believes in the power and the glory of three chords and distortion pedals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This record is fun with a capital ‘F’, but there are moments of gravitas too. Not easy to do, that.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    in•ter a•li•a is the opposite of being phoned in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes
    For the first time in years, Pet Shop Boys sound thrillingly modern. The songs, too, are the finest in years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crystal Stilts, like The Cure or The Jesus And Mary Chain before them, understand that the beauty is in the balance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Witness isn’t about subtlety, but if you’re going to deliver important messages about female autonomy to a young audience, it’s surely better to shout than whisper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To all intents and purposes McKenna is a teen breakout star, but describing him that way feels reductive after listening to his debut, on which he proves himself a serious lyricist who deserves more than to be put in a box.