NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,145 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 World Painted Blood
Lowest review score: 20 My God Is Blue
Score distribution:
2,145 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are lots of references thrown into their oddball funk, but it's starting to sound completely logical and natural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It requires a certain level of self-denial to hate Fall Out Boy, as in, "No, I don't like huge hooks, soaring choruses or wild-eyed expressions of youthful ambition." If so, congratulations, you're 800 years old. Or a Joanna Newsom fan.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Otherworldly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Levi pulls off his flamboyant persona because he has the meticulously structured songs to carry it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Singer Glen Hansard moves from quiet introspection to earnest Jeremy Enigk-like wailing and back again, all the while reminding you just how rewarding a listen The Cost is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Back To Black is just a darkly rockin' good time, which will hopefully spark a new trend away from R&B's sickening slickification.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This sounds more like an album and less like a collection of singles and ideas, and the pop and funk elements are a bit more refined than before.