New Musical Express (NME)'s Scores

  • Music
For 3,679 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:
3,679 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Smile' stands up with any of the great music of the 20th century. [25 Sep 2004, p.63]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best thing he's done since his game-changing debut, and heartening evidence to suggest the self-professed Louis Vuitton don is in a good place right now.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Probably the most gutsy, timeless recording of his career. [5 Aug 2006, p.29]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A roducer's album in the best sense, showcasing the personal and lyrical over flashy technique. [Review of UK version]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genius. [18 Nov 2006, p.33]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most assured debut albums of the last five years.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two Technicolor explosions of creativity that people will be exploring, analysing and partying to for years.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It might lack the raw appeal of Kendrick's 2011 mixtape 'Section.80', but it's also a big-budget reminder that the 25-year-old hasn't forgotten his roots.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'A Grand Don't Come For Free' is proof that 'Original Pirate Material' wasn't a happy fluke.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her ambition is flabbergasting, let alone that she executes it with bundles of fun and a fizzing personality.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may sound simple but it's devastatingly effective.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s his masterpiece so far; a staggering collection of unspeakably precious music.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By turns dark, funny and heartbreaking, the songs on 'Original Pirate Material' are snapshots of ordinary life as a young midlands resident, set to innovative two-step production.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shimmering, mournful gem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those of us who still believe in music's power to redeem, 'Funeral' feels like detox, the most cathartic album of the year. [5 Mar 2005, p.49]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's finally made it is an expansive, guest-packed 57 minutes that recall the Southern hip-hop bounce of 2003's 'Speakerboxxx', but with an added twist of maturity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The angriest, least compromised, most utterly justified pop record in years ?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    By balancing progression with consolidation, technology with tradition, MMJ have created a work of stunningly expansive ambition. [15 Oct 2005, p.36]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clark’s readiness to be freakish and alone has translated into her songwriting, which is bolder than ever, and out to connect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Soul music full of remarkable sonic ideas.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Since I Left You' is proof that while being a vinyl junkie might not make you a teen idol, crafting a joyous, kaleidoscopic masterpiece of sun-kissed disco-pop definitely will.... Cool? Sure, whatever. Brilliant? Undoubtedly.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dylan's voice is the star. [26 Aug 2006, p.43]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 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!'.
    • 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]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tension created by the lyrics and music is wonderful and uneasy, ensuring that The Idler is endlessly fascinating and unlike anything else you're likely to hear this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Merriweather..., their psych-pop pinnacle, shares the simultaneous relentless complexity and instant simplicity of the best Of Montreal albums, but where Kevin Barnes’ last effort got lost in its clever-clever weirdness, shifting rhythms and textures in a way that felt like standing onboard a bus going down a mountain, Animal Collective’s is an easy, good-natured beast.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Listen to the beats and you'll find The Neptunes' best work in years. [27 Jan 2007, p.31]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to know about the Glasgow scene which spawned Franz Ferdinand, 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' is pretty much essential. [21 May 2005, p.66]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slightly less lo-fi than previous efforts--although as it blends together Slayer, Japanese noisecore and warp-speed prog intricacy, sound recording fidelity is a relative concept. [5 Nov 2005, p.45]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the hands of someone less witty and schizoid, a near three-hour epic would be unforgivable, but Merritt at play is frequently magical.
    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is wild music, a celestial cabaret that absorbs and unsettles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bad As Me has to rank as a disappointment, since there are no surprises to match Real Gone's sepulchral funk or Orphans'... breathtaking sweep.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dear Science cuts through genres like a laser through a music encyclopaedia, making strange connections, but always with pop clarity as the ultimate aim. As ever, Sitek’s production shines.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Odd, addictive, unsettling and beautiful. [8 Jul 2006, p.41]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PJ Harvey's best album since 1991's 'Dry', a return to the feral intensity of that remarkable debut.... The clarity of the electric guitars played by Harvey, Rob Ellis and Mick Harvey is enough to make you fall in love with elemental rock all over again.... You could quibble Harvey has absolved her responsibilities by making an album earthed in the New York sound of 20 or 30 years ago. But when rock is so invigorating, so joyous about love, sex and living, all arguments are null and void.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bits of it rule.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this is clearly not the record Smith intended to make, it's still an immensely gripping and cohesive piece of work. [23 Oct 2004, p.47]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By its close, 'The Blueprint' has eloquently mapped out life's foundations: laughter, tears, joy and pain, and has marked the Jigga as the complete rapper.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonically, it was staggering.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly the one Sleater-Kinney album that everyone should have. [21 May 2005, p.66]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [A] brilliant album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a well-crafted debut from a worthy new artist, but it’s competent rather than compelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By trading nonsensical time signatures and atonal bursts for fluidity and stadium rock, they've subtracted from their former wretchedness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is murderously good stuff. [25 Sep 2004, p.64]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Guaranteed to leave you speechless, one way or another. [12 Mar 2005, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A harmonious hardcore Dispute.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is a fatal flaw with 'Arular' which means it never makes the step up from 'solid debut' to all-time classic. MIA clears her throat, grabs your attention: and then has nothing to say. [16 Apr 2005, p.49]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Remedy' is probably as good a dance album as anyone from these Isles has produced this decade.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You have to wade through a lot of plaid-shirted, porch-rocking psychedelia before you get there. The patient pilgrim, though, can look forward to unearthing the widescreen Laurel Canyon-birthed wonder of 'Your Protectors' after one or two plays.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MBV is not really an album at all, but an oeuvre in fast-forward.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst 'The Argument' still sounds unmistakably Like Fugazi, it's the sound of an inspirational band, renewed, at play.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one thing to make a clever record, it is quite another to make a clever record that could pass for a pop album, and which oozes humanity while simultaneously delivering a perfect snapshot of modern British life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyrically it's astonishing. [28 Aug 2004, p.55]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if Prince, Madonna, Paul Weller, Shane MacGowan, Ice-T and Michael Jackson got together to form a freakish supergroup, they’d struggle to make an album containing as much vitality, humour and invention as Cave and his wizened cronies have.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    This pervading sense of control and commitment to her art proves that Twigs is set on building the sound of the future all by herself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uniformly excellent.... Few, if any, British bands are making music quite like this right now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Low have always sought to make music that can both swell the heart like a gospel tune and capture the amplified absence of a funeral parlour. It's difficult to imagine a more perfect expression of their vision than this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album's two-hour stretch may seem offputtingly dense at first, but give them time, and Swans will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Stay Friends arrives as a startling cannon-shot message of brain-thawing intent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It marks the dawning of an era of British music that isn’t just for the casual petrol shop consumer, but stuff so important that you can give yourself to it completely. This is the album that’s going kick open the door for all the great British bands that’ll sweep through in their wake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s mastered this stylistic skittishness and you’ll do well to find much dispute about his talent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    It's strange that such a traditional set-up (drums, bass, keys, guitars, voices) has resulted in one of 2009's most unique debuts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Waves of unidentifiable noise, dulcet vibraphone pulses and singer/guitarist Jonsi's ethereal singing (more like some ghostly instrument than any conventional vocal, borne out by Jonsi's fictional 'language', Hopelandish, which he often sings in) mesh to create an elegant, grand music that's equally ambient and epic.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record with the bleak-yet-redemptive spirit of REM's 'Automatic For The People' and the musical magnificence of a 'Deserter's Songs'. But also a record that - as much as 'London Calling' or 'What's Going On' - holds a deep, dark, truthful Black Mirror up to our turbulent times.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a gripping darkness that doesn't often lift. It's hard going, but it's worth it, and that is undoubtedly their point.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Suburbs isn't anything as simple as back to basics--they're a much more accomplished, musically interesting band now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They can still write the most incredibly beautiful songs. [23 Oct 2004, p.49]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MIA innovates club music, art music and pop music at every turn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their most focused, energetic pop record since 'Radiator'.... Certainly, 'Phantom Power' shows up Radiohead's timid adventures, while giving The Coral something to aim for too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their remix of Blues Explosion's 'Mars, Arizona' is the best record of the last five years, no question.... The rest? Merely brilliant. [15 Apr 2006, p.33]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let England Shake is an album that only the Polly Harvey of today could have written.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whereas Murphy's wise enough never to let his showing off spoil the fun, he can't avoid investing these songs with heart and soul.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as if Garbus is powered by primal, wrong-righting spirits that click like a force of nature.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy enough just to drift off and let these tracks gently massage your eardrums like a hover of trained hummingbirds. But if you choose to look beneath the surface, each track audibly vibrates with ideas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Van Etten tackles heartache with refreshing sharpness, distilling complex sentiments into something beautifully simple.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bon Iver is the sound of a man making peace with the world, saxophones and all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Blackest Beautiful is a strong, focused record from beginning to end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For now though, this is a very fine record. Not Herculean exactly, but certainly something that NME loves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her UK debut album manages to piece together many of the elements of her chameleon-like career (Robyn is essentially a Best Of collection) and come up with what is the most inventive pop album you’ll hear all year.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not, as has been signalled, Super Furries' best album. It's their worst. That's still aeons better than most other left-of-centre alternative British pop bands, but it's nonetheless a disappointment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rough and rabid ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best live albums that NME has ever heard.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once I Was An Eagle sets a high bar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Go! Team's eclectic soundclash makes us feel deliriously dizzy. [11 Sep 2004, p.53]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its occasional lack of bite and drama, Halcyon Digest's tender, transgressive pop proves a fine and focused addition to a uniquely haunting body of work. Cherish it like you would a phantom limb.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crisp, rolling rap beats and lush instrumentation. Lyrically, ... she's brutally honest about sex and her failings with men. [11 Sep 2004, p.55]
    • New Musical Express (NME)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    45:33 is loads of fun, a satisfying folly that's as central to an appreciation of "Sound Of Silver" as the lyric sheet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If he carries on writing songs as deliciously sour as this, dance music will end up needing to be saved from James Murphy, not by him. [22 Jan 2005, p.50]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picking us up where the laptop prof's 'Los Angeles' debut dropped us for another nocturnal journey through LA that serves as a moody, widescreen, be-bopping riposte to UK dubstep. Only this time it's a flashier ride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a shotgun blast of cranked guitars, bruising hardcore and canyon-sized choruses, and it's mesmerising.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all the strange twists and turns, the rich layers and dark beauty to be found, nothing here grabs you and sets up home in your heart like 'Veckatimest' did.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sparkly, concise art-rock delight. [10 Jul 2004, p.47]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is an LP that feels more in sync with contemporary music than ever before. There are notes here of Oneohtrix Point Never, Clams Casino, and Tim Hecker. Crucially, though, Present Tense roams a landscape which couldn’t have been charted by anyone else.