New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,680 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 Random Access Memories
Lowest review score: 0 Everybody Wants To Be On TV
Score distribution:
3,680 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the works of other great swooners from Cole Porter to The Divine Comedy, 'Poses' is held together by its maker's maniacal attention to detail and conceptual strength.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They can still write the most incredibly beautiful songs. [23 Oct 2004, p.49]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Startling from the first listen... the band are heavier, more menacing, more rhythmic than ever. [19 Jun 2004, p.55]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As airbrushed as an Athena poster, 'Alphabetical' is nonetheless an emotional experience. [19 Jun 2004, p.57]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not you'd want to listen to it more than once depends on your pain threshold, but those 45 minutes will be among the most terrifying of your life, guaranteed. [13 Nov 2004, p.56]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an incredibly sharp return.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Missy Elliott, the Beasties are reimagining hip-hop--what it was, what it is, what it can be. [12 Jun 2004, p.47]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those waiting for another record as challenging as 'Vitalogy' will be left disappointed. But 'Riot Act' is the sound of a band entering a powerful middle-age. They still deserve your attention.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In making a record with such universal themes of love and hate, and sounding so pissed off in the process, Brody has inadvertently made herself the most important new rock star in the world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's full-on rock carnage. [6 Nov 2004, p.59]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As his musical repertoire has expanded from minimalist folk to occasionally playful pop, so has his tolerance for the foibles of the flesh. 'Dongs Of Sevotion', from its silly title to its intermittent flashes of tenderness and humour, is the proof.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most brilliantly ambitious record of the year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Having already redefined garage last time around, he's conjured up an album equal parts R Kelly, Ali G and Terence Trent D' Arby, which will only send him further into the stratosphere.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The immediate reference point would be a Swedish Coral to the power of ten--but it's more mental, more hippy and psychedelic. [14 May 2005, p.67]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enormous, symphonic, sprawling, highly ambitious, far-reaching work of wonder. [17 Jul 2004, p.48]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It works in the same way that Doves' 'Lost Souls' did; that is, by inviting us to bed down in its sumptuously familiar lyrical folds while offering us a warm mug of Something A Bit Different.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a blessing that the surrogate mum to the hip-hop youth of America is out there pushing for sounds as deranged, commercial, newly kinetic, and socially risque as those licking your ears in 'X-tasy' and 'Slap! Slap! Slap!'.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Under Construction' is stuck all over with shocks and surprises, more than enough to keep the rogue-scientist glitchmasters who mutated 'Get Ur Freak On' in mischief for months.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While they still sound pretty much like Neil Young if he'd heard an Aphex Twin record, the anxieties that '...Slump' articulated have been replaced by frontman Jason Lytle's desire to address more simple matters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Masquerade' is a mighty, ego-free album that doesn't need to shout to be heard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Mary Star Of The Sea' has that kind of miracle-working effect: a euphoric and consistent hour of genetically-tweaked stadium rock that re-establishes Billy Corgan as a great, rather than ridiculous, frontman.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounds as if it was recorded in a hermetically sealed ballroom by a group of misanthropic, jazz-obsessed weird-beards.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With this heavy payload of imagery, it's a miracle that Sparklehorse's third album of backwoods blues hasn't ended up a junk shop of Southern Gothic clichés. Old dog Tom Waits even wades in, hollering like an incestuous uncle on 'Dog Door', while Linkous' rusty cabin music creaks insalubriously beneath. But that's just the first of many wonders of this exceptional record.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nailed to the dancefloor by Flea-like bassist Pat Nature, and dragged up to date by hip-hop beats and random electronica, musically Liars are taut as a tightrope.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FSOL fans may not be impressed. But for connoiseurs of sprawling, loony progtronica, this other-worldly masterpiece is so far out you need a telescope to see it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These blow-dried disco numbers are unmistakably well-toned. [18 Sep 2004, p.65]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best rock albums of 2003.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the mischievous desire to deconstruct his own perfectly rounded pop snapshots that marks him down as a post-everything wunderkind
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BSP are an odd bunch: out of place, out of time, and quite possibly out of their minds. But given time to explore the depths of this record, they're also often out of this world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A blissful happiness pervades 'Baby I'm Bored', but then that's Evan all over.