New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,726 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Is This It?
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles Of Life And Death
Score distribution:
3,726 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is cold-blooded revenge pop that strikes like a shard of shattered plate to the heart.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just as Moz's stance as a one-man outsider army and ringleader of the tormentors is restated, so is his standing as the godfather of indie disaffection and despair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of all the terror and uncertainty, it's the warmth that lingers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The doomed relationship cycle in eternal motion or the sound of a heart that won’t stay mended, Honeyblood is visceral pop music giving its prettiest snarl.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's clever, brave and seamless enough to become a classic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They have returned hungry and wired to shake us out of our digital comas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His outfit have returned with an album that skirts close to perfection in its 35 minutes of glorious madness and transcendent, George Harrison-like guitar solos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s heavenly, in its own troubled way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This Is My Hand should see her join him, her other collaborators and St Vincent in the US experimental pop pantheon.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Syro is amazing: bug-eyed, banging rave that sounds quintessentially Aphex while not quite sounding like anything he’s done before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our Love, then, is the moment it all came together for Caribou.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rips is a reminder of rock’s glorious communal potential.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plaid's digitally inspired genius is to make electronic noises and the odd sample sound sad and celebratory, while occupying a spot on the dancefloor several galaxies away from Ibiza's gonzo techno
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First, the good news: 'Celebrity' is pretty damn fine too.... The bad news is that 'Celebrity' definitely shows signs of that discontent that all boyband members begin to feel after a while, and it's this which might well put some fans off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a crisp, focused wobble through a primarily 'Philophobia'-derived set with drummer Dave Gow and bassist Gary Miller adding crucial propulsive qualities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In this slim volume of three-chord thrashing there's proof that while punk may reside in middle age, in some quarters its vital signs have never shown more strongly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Common has just gone way, way off the hip-hop map.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clear progression from 1997's broody 'Vanishing Point' and 2000's abrasive 'Xtrmntr', the seventh Primals album is genuinely their most diverse and consistently thrilling since 'Screamdelica'.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'I Might Be Wrong' sounds significantly better than both of the studio albums that spawned it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every note of 'Rock Action' wins every fight they've ever started, touched with an imagination and awareness of the potential of sound that puts them so far up on the moral high ground they're almost lost in the clouds.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album so autonomous and remote it sounds like it's being beamed from a deep-space probe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a world where a cheap squirt of brass is enough to equal "a new direction", the Super Furries' free-range ideas-farming is a vital antidote to the preservative-pumped junk that curdles music's bloodflow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The absence of quirky samples and lame big beats make it all sound, right now, strangely radical.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ...a spontaneity here that replaces the formality of tradition with something more vital. Like a snapshot's moment captured, the gap between composition and recording seems to have been reduced to nothing, and it's here that the group hit their mark.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily their finest record yet, a genre-shrugging masterpiece of delicate musicianship and warm feeling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An album of impossibly adorable disco - Star Wars "ping p-p-p-ping ping" bits, cheesy synths, George Clinton (!...hmm) workouts... all delivered in a slightly unsettlingly ersatz kitschness, half-hinted ironies, indietastic samples, hip-hop phrasings and The Asian Influence seductive throughout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ESG remain a no-wave New York group unlike any other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their most intriguing, beautiful and dazzling record to date.