NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,177 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The State vs. Radric Davis
Lowest review score: 20 The Sweet Escape
Score distribution:
2,177 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is Ghostface's best album.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At last, everything Escovedo does well is represented on a single disc.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    II
    The main attraction is still Baird's and Weeks's haunting voices, which turn a risky experiment into a genre-defining classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Think of it as avant-garde composer John Cage trying his hand at disco and getting it right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As with his last couple of releases in the American series, his voice no longer commands attention with booming authority, but there's something about that gasping frailty that makes this proud final bow even more endearing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pretty much every track is a head-turner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like nothing you'll ever hear on country radio.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not a dud in the entire meticulous love letter to a da-do-ron-ron era.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the songs here are so much crisper and more exciting, they don't sacrifice the easygoing looseness of Apostle's Folkloric Feel debut.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Her great success is making these protest songs personal, and she does it in a most profoundly moving way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kweli's curse- 'n' cliché-free rhyme-ripping proves he needs no help on the microphone. He outshines his celebrated guests, including labelmate Grae, KRS-One, Norah Jones (!), Sonia Sanchez, UGK's Pimp C and Bun B, Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's true that we've come to expect a certain level of genius from this band, but when they actually exceed expectations, as they do here, it's a clear sign that Radiohead will continue to reinvent themselves and drop more jaws along the way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the album I've been waiting nearly 10 years for them to make. Better late than never.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Comeback of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s most impressive about Attack & Release is how they’ve raised their vocal and compositional game in accord with the sonic enhancements, bringing an unexpected poignancy to their earthy funkiness. Every track is a stunner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s eclectic, eccentric and yes, essential.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His clever quips, wonky wordplay, raunchy voice and oddball timing combine into something beyond reproduction by anybody, not that any other MC is daring enough to try doing this type of grimy, soulful crunk-hop
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Of course, being an audio document, you miss out on the entertaining high-handed flourishes of González at the piano and Bárbarito Torres showboating by playing the laúd behind his back, but it’s still a stellar document of a special performance, the likes of which we’ll never encounter again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Auerbach delivers the goods with spooky, sleazy and soulful style.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With this single self-produced masterstroke, Alela Diane has effectively shaken off all the ill-fitting labels of “new weird America” and “freak folk” and given notice that a warmly expressive and unique voice has arrived with stories to tell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a rare and amazing thing when an indie musician finds ways to keep chugging along on her own steam for years and then releases an album that brings together in the most powerful way everything she’s learned. Moncton singer/songwriter Julie Doiron has accomplished this with her eighth album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    His arrangement choices are flawless. While guitar stays front and centre, piano, strings, group vocals and slide guitar make fleeting, effective appearances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Isis’s four previous full-lengths have clear story arcs, but Wavering Radiant’s themes are open to interpretation, giving it added appeal. Close to perfect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stellar offering.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The much richer sound on these formats spins songs recorded as many as 40-plus years ago eerily into the moment. It’s as if you’re listening at the exact instant of recording, making the music as personal as a direct memory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Farm actually bests "Beyond’s" triumphs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Seven songs and zero duds--this is the must-hear of 09.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This album is a stylized, slightly-paranoid romp sure to pluck the heartstrings of anyone who has ever lived life with reckless abandon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a bummer that Slayer’s November 13 Air Canada Centre show, and their entire tour, has been postponed due to lead singer/bassist Tom Araya’s back problems, but we can console ourselves with their excellent new album, which finds the dark-minded, serial-killer-obsessed California thrashers keeping all things in balance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I remember being disappointed after subsequently discovering Bleach, the band’s debut. It didn’t have Nevermind’s hooks, precise quiet/loud dynamics or Butch Vig’s glossy production. Years later, it’s those attributes that make Bleach so endearing.