New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,602 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:
3,602 music reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    They've just made the best rock album since Andrew WK's 'I Get Wet'.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For what it is, for what it does, for what it represents and for exposing the idiocy of people who only care about 'what it earns us', then, a truly, TRULY great pop record.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This music is the electronic, Warp-inspired answer to Brian Wilson's 'Smile.' [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, Strokes have every quality rock'n'roll requires from its finest exponents and Is This It is where they come together.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even if you've been fortunate enough to live with these tracks over the last year or so, they still sound more vital, more likely to make you form your own band than anything else out there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ten years after their last masterpiece, The Flaming Lips have finally produced another one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let England Shake is an album that only the Polly Harvey of today could have written.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By assembling a cast of their favourite musicians and delving into their adolescent memories, Daft Punk have created something as emotionally honest as any singer-songwriter confessional--and a lot more fun to dance to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    AM
    Arctic Monkeys’ fifth record is absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of their career. It might also be the greatest record of the last decade.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Remedy' is probably as good a dance album as anyone from these Isles has produced this decade.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burke delivers as pure and proper a record as you'll hear all year. If you've ever laughed or cried, you need to hear this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is its author Kieran Hebden's best work to date and confirms the prolific young soundmeister as a major talent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all this seemingly new wave-laden, impeccably cool, retrograde influence, 'Make Up The Break Down' is indisputably now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uniformly excellent.... Few, if any, British bands are making music quite like this right now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's thrillingly obvious that Junior Boys have made one of the year's best albums. [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record of glorious parts that are just too weighty, too emotionally complex and rich to hang together well as a whole.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soul music full of remarkable sonic ideas.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The eloquence, barbarism, tenderness and sweat-drenched vitality of 'Elephant' make it the most fully-realised White Stripes album yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their world - sexual, drug-filled, and occasionally paranoid - has become progressively darker, and as such we find them nothing less than guardians of the rock flame.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagine 'Lost Souls' injected with Prozac and a huge dose of weird guitar noises that give you goosebumps from head to toe. That's 'The Last Broadcast'. It's one of those rare albums that makes sense first thing in the morning but you can still yell along to when your head's exploding.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Adams of ‘Love Is Hell’ has gone out to make an album that actually is classic rock ‘n’ roll rather than one that can simply impersonate it, and sound convincing. [Review applicable to both Part 1 and Part 2]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Adams of ‘Love Is Hell’ has gone out to make an album that actually is classic rock ‘n’ roll rather than one that can simply impersonate it, and sound convincing. [Review applicable to both Part 1 and Part 2]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All told, it's incredible this is a debut album. Accomplished, yet subtle, it works perfectly as a whole in a way all the production skills in the world couldn't replicate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The nerve of it all is breathtaking. Turbo-beats poke up a gospel-jazz revivalist meeting, a mariachi band wanders into the hazy disco sashay of 'Broken Dreams', a Gary Numan sample gets bludgeoned to credibility in the Van Helden-esque pogo of 'Where's Your Head At?'.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any criteria an astonishing work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's music for the twilight hours - feverish, contemplative, nostalgic. It resonates with the force of a thousand passionate post-club conversations in darkened, smoke-filled rooms, of intense, doomed liaisons, of youthful arrogance undercut by fear and failure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    '10,000Hz Legend' is nothing like 'Moon Safari', then again it doesn't really bear a resemblance to much. Instead, it's a glowing, highly ambitious, quasi-concept album that sees Air spiralling off on a wildly idiosyncratic and brilliantly insane tangent all of their own.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Filled with both a clarity of instrumentation and thought, this is an album of undeniably mature work. And one which knows how to effect a large emotional impact without unsightly flexing of the muscles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A seething, furious album; a declamatory statement against cynicism and passivity and the simple injustices of everyday life.