NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,682 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 TOY
Lowest review score: 20 Pyramid of the Sun
Score distribution:
2682 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a sparse, minimal and unassuming record that's unlikely to hit anyone over the head with its innovation, but Gonzalez accomplishes much while sounding like he's doing very little.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The SOLs are skilled at crafting songs rooted in striking specificity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's frequently ridiculous and makes you a bit embarrassed for the folly and bravado of youth, but the guy has an uncanny knack for that perfectly evocative couplet and addictive hook, which is why his supporters are so vocal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shine is built around her voice and guitar (or piano) and will appeal to fans who'd rather hear yet another rendition of a familiar fave than anything experimental, which is probably why we get 'Big Yellow Taxi' (2007).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's got the same mix of mid-tempo power chords and slow-moving ballads, and the lyrics are just as thought-provoking and insightful as ever.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a record full of straight-up good songs from a band that should be (and would be, except for Doherty's fuckery) much more important than it is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the stylistically diverse Good Bad Not Evil, they confront many of the problems facing America today, taking short, sharp stabs at the Katrina disaster, neurotoxins destroying the upper middle class, juvenile delinquency, false prophets and an apocalyptic holy war.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spencer Krug is blessed with an extremely creative mind, and in this album he unleashes it full-throttle. While it's less accessible than his work with Wolf Parade, this disc may still manage to overshadow his more famous band's efforts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a uniformly pleasant selection of peaceful, easy feelings that wouldn't sound out of place sandwiched between the similarly smooth tunes of Loggins & Messina, America, Gerry Rafferty and, yes, Christopher Cross.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The surging crescendos and improv freedom give his wordy songs a refreshing dynamic that could gain the 41-year-old folk troubadour an entirely new audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their clear evolution in terms of talent and ability is more than evident on songs like Firebreather and The Whaler. Between that and some pretty sweet packaging and liner notes, this is likely their best to date.
    • 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.