New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,641 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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Everybody Wants To Be On TV
Score distribution:
3,641 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a sleeping giant of a dancefloor creeper that will be everyone’s favourite new electro album in approximately six months’ time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooked up in a session originally meant to spawn a batch of B-sides, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed instead debuts 10 songs that outstrip LC!’s debut album at every turn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s still a lot to love about B&S, but there was something magical, otherworldly even, about them during this period that this compilation captures perfectly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like the title of his debut, Indiana’s curious ringmaster Stith is a contradiction in terms. Don’t be put off--he’s a contradiction worth losing yourself to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Swoon is a bit of a dying whale of a record. In a good way; vast, dark, a little mysterious, sad, dignified and palpably in pain.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My Maudlin Career is the kind of record that exists to reward those both mad, and sad, in love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Time will tell how Primary Colours stands up to the likes of "Loveless" or "Psychocandy," but right now, this feels like the British art-rock album we’ve all been waiting for.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The spontaneous sounding arrangements--topped by Watson's uniquely mercurial voice--are at turns ornate, grand and subtle, but never less than totally bewitching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, you get the kind of lush musings that’ll soundtrack all the pivotal moments of your wayward summer romance. Blissful.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking Mangum’s recorded-on-cardboard lo-fi folk epics as their ground zero, TRAA turn in the best alt.debut of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkably, with this astounding debut, an unassuming 21-year-old from SW2 has revitalised a forgotten form to make one of the finest forward-thinking British pop albums of recent memory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild Beasts have undergone a sea change, and this beautiful album is a treasure that deserves plundering.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They have done a hell of a lot of growing up. An immense album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Recovering emos Brand New have taken doing things their own way to the point of invisibility, but their journey into the widescreen ether continues with yet another breathtakingly accomplished record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Girls are genuine drop-outs, bona-fide freaks who’ve made a record far removed from the predictable cycles of the music industry. Now that’s a real story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Origin: Orphan is the sound of The Hidden Cameras finally proving they can make records as wham-bam powerful as their performances, with deliciously sumptuous results.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complex and artful, there’s no need to understand fugues and canons to appreciate this--its utter perfection and joy is self-evident.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stripped of all the sonic flotsam that usually surrounds them, Animal Collective come into their own--if you can ignore the chatter to listen with innocent ears, they surpass ‘good’ and remain bewildering.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's genuinely surprising, beautifully wrought and announces TNP as one of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What it does do, however, is remind us that he is a copper-bottomed genius.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When your nightbus home is beset by phantasmagorical drunkards with beady, threatening eyes, when your ears are bashed by mendacious line managers and eyes beset by the violence of news/advert/news, then this incredible album is your passport to a better place.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ore of modern Pitchfork rock is here, laid out in all its flawed-diamond beauty. For a canon so flagrant in its faults, Quarantine is all-but faultless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all his fragility, Avi is as good a songwriter as anyone who's ever traded under Sub Pop's logo. And that's quite a claim.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning LP that, in a just world, would do for Roky what the "American Recordings" series did for Johnny Cash.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Antique keyboards pulse, fretless basses thrum and a variety of voices echo in and out, underlying the trippy feel and making this pretty much the most scintillating and daring record of the year so far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album is an onslaught of brutal drumming and bowel-loosening riffs, occasionally leavened by surprisingly delicate vocal interplay.