NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,229 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 Castlemusic
Lowest review score: 20 Muppets: The Green Album
Score distribution:
2,229 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exciting and often unexpected listen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the sheer density of Bejar's writing can be overwhelming, Destroyer's Rubies is, on a musical level, the most 'accessible' disc he's released in years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Case's overzealous self-production means there are layers upon layers to every track, which sometimes works to her detriment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if his singing never touches Damon Albarn's, he seems confident in his voice, using his shortcomings to his advantage to burn through 13 tracks inspired by a passion for late-70s Brit punk.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These guys are passionate about what they're doing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    RJ puts aside his cinematic loops to deliver his roughest and toughest beats, over which Blueprint spits the party and bullshit blues like a man watching his most celebrated contempories fiddle with iced-out jewellery while their country burns before their eyes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many of the familiar signifiers are gone, yet their well crafted and characteristically tuneful compostions still have a recognizable Calexico feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's more exciting than most everything made by glitch gurus on their laptops today.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Admittedly, the whiny Martsch-inspired delivery of singer dude Christian Hjelm will be a turnoff for some, but the Figurines' compositional skill shows real promise, and their endearing enthusiasm should win them many fans over here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the album can get somewhat repetitive, Adem's polished production and intimate songwriting minimize any flaws.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They easily incorporate traditional folk elements like Nick Drake with contemporary indie rock and cinematic string arrangements that often soar above many of their songs' humble openings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Demented, sloppy, brilliant, and above all a great way to spend three-quarters of an hour.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A courageous statement that should resonate far and wide.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sounds like one big, happy family get-together.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brutally beautiful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Somewhat self-indulgent, it's remarkably listenable considering some of the "instruments" used.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The artful and relatable way Dawson writes about real life makes each song like a little individually wrapped gift.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's still some banjo-pickin' and fiddle-playing, but The Long Way's clean, soft-rockin' vibe is striking in contrast to the traditional bluegrassy leanings of 2002's Home.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though you might have pangs for United's enjoyable weirdness, It's Never Been Like That is serious fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The songs are still full of lush guitars and dense, clattering percussion, but offer the added bonus of being more grandiose and emotional.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Singer Davey Havok continues to impress with his range and ability to quickly turn from a throat-searing scream to a bare-boned croon, as does the entire band's consistently exciting approach to songwriting and their music aesthetic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Toussaint's soulful songs and naturally funky grooves that make this unlikely pairing work almost in spite of Costello's overbearing presence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is hot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It feels like a bunch of friends jamming on a farm, even if there are still a few electronica elements here and there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Oslo five-piece flirt with overindulging their feedback fetish... but avoid wankery by reining in the songs just before boredom sets in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Rather Ripped they continue their slow but remarkable progression that currently finds them, for the most part, dropping old SY standbys such as long experimental noise passages in exchange for a significantly more sedated route.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happy New Year is unpretentiously unique, challenging and eclectic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The spare melodies and bleeps-and-loops approach result in chillingly direct songs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The really exciting news is that [Sexsmith] actually takes some vocal risks – and sounds like he's having fun doing it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Aguilera's the only one of her peers with the vocal prowess to pull it off.