NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,276 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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Yesterday And Today
Lowest review score: 20 Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Score distribution:
2,276 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the tunes themselves seem unassuming, based on conventional chord progressions and strumming patterns, that simplicity draws attention to Darnielle's fine songwriting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you wrap your head around The Knife's strange little world, it's actually a pretty interesting place.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    True, there's a pop sensibility at work here that betrays their band roots, but that's exactly what makes this the kind of dance album you can actually listen to from beginning to end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mood-altering drug for pop fiends.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With folky guitar picking, lush harmonies and sophisticated melodies, this album is a must-have for all of Bachmann's fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If anything, the grooves have gotten tougher and funkier on Game Theory.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's consistently catchy, and produced with a broad enough vision so that it doesn't get repetitive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many of Continuum's songs are on the softer, adult alternative side, but his melodic voice, warm production, complex riffs and thoughtful lyrics should cure the violent reactions Mayer's name used to evoke.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The goofier bits and sloppy sunshine pop moments are really what make this an interesting and complete album.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite any bugaboos, he's a plain great songwriter, and Skelliconnection is firmly above average.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It feels way huger than the work of two people, with dense, textured songs that sound like a remarkable collision between two distinct personalities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, Jamie Stewart and his crew of arty innovators use the penchant for sonic deconstruction they honed last time round to take their project of disemboweling pop songs to a new plane.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lineup addition of [singer Dawn] McCarthy proves to be a genius move; her vocals blend beautifully with Oldham's, and her soaring solo flights make a great recording exceptional.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oddly, the unconventional sequencing and measured pace of the album make the fragmented mess hold together quite well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even at its most pieced-together and deconstructed, Califone's music feels organic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While their performance is expansive and parts are definitely stretched out and rocked out, like on I Will Sing You Songs and Mahgeetah, this is just solid performing, not lame jam band shit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a mellow album, but definitely quirky, and with enough rawness to offset her soft, pretty vocals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wrist is yet another excellent record from mainstream hard rock's only real hope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's bewildering.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a musical just waiting to be staged.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of Anne Briggs and Vashti Bunyan will find a lot to love here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unbelievably, the beats on Doctor's Advocate out-bang those on The Documentary, and the Game breathes compelling detail into the severe persona he established on his debut.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Wu-Tangy darkness permeates the whole album, which is cluttered with gems both musical (live sax and jazz flute) and lyrical.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not everything works... but even the flawed experiments make for an enjoyable listen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not every track is a winner, but fans of their brash debut will still find a lot to enjoy here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very good showcase for Jones's evolution as a writer and musician.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In reconnecting with her former Eric's Trip bandmates, Doiron rediscovers her edge, wrapping her warm, frayed vocals around awkward and occasionally dissonant melodies, layering multi-track self-harmonized phrases over heavyish rock-focused arrangements and crafting dynamic songs that leave you with a satisfying sense of being shaken up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's turned the clock back to the Fun Trick Noisemaker era of playful psychedelic indulgence that was the Apples' stock in trade before the unsavoury aspirations of indie-rock stardom took hold.