NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,181 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 Biophilia
Lowest review score: 20 Goodbye Alice In Wonderland
Score distribution:
2,181 music reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fairly light album and doesn’t do anything new musically, but it’s solid; you don’t feel like it needs to be anything else.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of course, hilariously outlandish quasi-mystical song titles like 'Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperze­phyerians' probably won’t help their cause, but the progressively regressive arrangements, more skillful riffing and their relentless, groove-conscious attack will go a long way toward endearing them to serious metalheads who’ll appreciate the Sword’s obvious Sabbath, Maiden and Budgie inspiration.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is chock full of solid songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If "Tournament Of Hearts" lacked consistency and focus, Heights feels like a fully realized artistic statement. Welcome back, Constantines.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jim
    Thankfully, this is more about Otis, Marvin and Stevie, which Lidell does amazingly well for a British experimental techno brat.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lends itself to numerous repeat listens and laughs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Definitely on the arty end of the post-rock gradient, No Age manage to channel elements of other great bands who have woken up drunk on the lo-fi line between pretty and noisy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Near the album’s close, the psychedelic insanity of Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki is a whirlwind of pounding drums, circular chanting, spasmodic guitar noise and violent soloing that perfectly exemplifies Smile’s fusion of panicky, heavy abrasiveness and lush, melodic and dreamy sprawls.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet another must-have for Animal Collective fans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No, the sound isn’t all that different from what Petty does with the Heartbreakers, but the Mudcrutch album has the looser feel you get from old buddies jamming for kicks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The disc has plenty of amped-up, distortion-filled moments (Ride, The Easy Way), but the band throws in more than few twangy, laid-back tracks (She Loves The Sunset, The Beautiful Thing). Infectious tunes and, most important, variety, make this another great disc in the band’s solid career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The title track and opener has a huge sound, but it’s the simple yet infectious guitar riff that keeps it together.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The adulterously titled I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, which certainly has its issues, comes across as more grounded, learned and confident.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without a fluke hit single or prime placement in a big-budget Hollywood film, the Heavy’s disc, which easily outclasses The Odd Couple fiasco, may fall between the cracks, but that Swaby character has serious potential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is understated folk pop, and as a result, some may be disappointed by the lack of big pop hooks. However, for those of us who always found Diamond overwrought and too extroverted, this restraint is refreshing and welcome.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spiritualized always had that out-of-body, walk-toward-the-light quality; Pierce just seems to be doing it better now than on the last two albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Hungry Saw may make Leonard Cohen’s stuff sound positively giddy, but it’s a positive turn for the Tindersticks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully spooky.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this isn’t the band’s best yet, it’s still damn good.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Totally cohesive and thoroughly bangin’.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times the Crosby, Stills & Nash-­inspired harmony bits come off slightly overbaked, but if Oldham is angling for a summery feel-good sound that will go down well with Americana fans without alienating his sad sack indie rock fans, I’d say he knocked it out of the park.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A streamlined slab of silky, soul-soaked rock music, Seeing Sounds succeeds in capturing the best experiments on their first two albums while injecting new-school sequences into the mix.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, At Mount Zoomer is a formidable collection of catchy indie art-rock that won’t disappoint fans of their acclaimed debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are still plenty of swooshing sounds and heady instrumentation, it’s refreshing to see that Sigur Rós can do more than create aural landscapes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I have seen Esco­vedo’s future, and its sound is rock ’n’ roll.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Well sharp.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you thought no one made albums like this any more, they don’t so enjoy The Hard Way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While they could tone down the synth on their next effort, this disc definitely lives up to the hype.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The other brilliant move was producer Martin Terefe’s idea of going to Havana to dub on a Cuban brass section trying to fake Memphis Horns-style head riffs. They never get it quite right, but what they come up with works perfectly as a brightening counterbalance for Sexsmith’s darker inclinations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s slightly less menacing, yet without a discernible drop in power, which should go down well in the burbs without alienating their hipster metal following.