NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,328 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Doll Domination
Score distribution:
2,328 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Younger rap fans may be puzzled by Buck 65's throwback character sketches and references to Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Bettie Page, but those who yearn for a more literate approach will find lots to dig in Situation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The production is glossy and futuristic to a nearly avant-garde point, yet every song is a hit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The slower grooves still swing hard while allowing Jones to show off more of her impressive vocal range, although it's difficult to say whether her deep funk crowd will be able to handle the shift from the typical shuffle beat barrage they've come to expect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If In the Vines isn't a record that impresses at the level of individual songs, neither is it something you throw on in the background and forget about.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The edge is still very much here. Prefuse can still drop it apocalyptic-style, as he proves on 'Prog Version Slowly Crushed.'
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This album is well-crafted and smart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ya boy is back with another dark soul-saturated album in the vein of "The Blueprint."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get past the placid bit at the beginning, it's straight into the relentlessly pummelling assault we've come to love and expect from the mighty Japanese trio, and Pink's wallop-per-second rate puts it in a class with Heavy Rocks at the top of the Boris heap.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs you thought you knew are put through the spin cycle--each track deftly fastens together at least two of their best--so even if you're the level of devotee who owns 'Homework' in every format, you'll still be impressed by this heavy load.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sadly, no RZA production appears on Ghost's seventh solo project -- thus this isn't as good as the invincible Supreme Clientele, but it's more cohesive than Fishscale.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The various producers behind this all pull their weight, but as usual the star is Blige’s husky voice and that charming mix of vulnerability and over-the-top diva confidence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the Jesus and Mary Chain might have been limited by their musical ability and knowledge, Merritt and company understand the pop principles they’re working with.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her control has never been better and Jimmy Hogarth’s production provides the perfect foundation for her deeply delicate expressions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They put their cloudy heads together and came up with the power-chord-slashing and hobbitty keyboard werping goods but wisely didn’t lose all the dirty distortion and strummy acoustic bits.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mike Cooley steps up with some much-needed light contrast to Patterson Hood’s darker lyrical impulses, which are well represented here, sometimes with touching poignancy and others with blunt force trauma.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Made is at once more adventurous and more accessible, with a greater respect for straightforward(ish) pop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The group’s fifth disc is an infectious collection of bright rock songs (Whose Authority) and calm, soothing numbers (See These Bones).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lang gently pulls you into the quieter moments of domesticity on songs like 'Coming Home' and 'Sunday,' but her curled-lip drawl on Jealous Dog shows she can still surprise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, like the softly plucked 'Shed Your Love' or the Dylanesque 'Broken Afternoon,' could easily backdrop drippy TV dramas, but that isn’t necessarily a knock. Both are beautiful tunes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s Time For A Love Revolution, his eighth LP, easily ranks among his highest achievements.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortress stands out as gratifyingly heavy and heady.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    19
    She’s often at her best alone with an acoustic guitar instead of ornamented with retro R&B references. It’s easy to want to dislike something that the UK press, Perez Hilton and Kanye West are telling you to like, but Adele shows some real talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musically, it’s quiet and reserved, making for a subtle but satisfying listen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With cleaner, more refined production quality to boot, Growth is an interesting and fully realized progression.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s good understated playing throughout, strong songwriting and a casual, immediate feel that comes from recording an entire album in six days.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As good as it is, it’s clear that Vernon still has room to grow. A few songs could have used a little extra instrumental kick, and while his songs are great, you can tell he has more to offer. Keep an eye on this one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the somewhat pessimistic prognosis, Davies is a sharp enough tunesmith to keep his darkly droll song cycle upbeat and rockin’ throughout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must for anyone still heavily rotating Moon Safari.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jackson wouldn’t want us to call it a comeback, but it sure sounds like one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its flawless song structures and instrumentation, the album flows seamlessly.