NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,196 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 New Seasons
Lowest review score: 20 Goodbye Alice In Wonderland
Score distribution:
2,196 music reviews
    • 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
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    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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Her fourth album comes as a pleasant surprise, arguably tough country at its finest. Her clear, pristine vocals convey longing, heartbreak and the sexiness of the working class with honesty and grace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dark, cathartic and hardcore, Del stays true to himself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TID is a solid collection of his trademark epic ballads ready to be your summer patio soundtrack.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything is worth hearing, but frenetic waltz-meets-hora dance track Comrade Z is a definite standout. This isn’t quite as fun as Gogol’s music, but it’s more thoughtful than DeVotchKa’s Gypsy punk brethren.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combo of ethereal prog rock and lead singer Guy Garvey’s hushed, careworn words couldn’t be finer than on mournful, horn-laden 'Weather To Fly,' while sing-along stadium-ready cliche 'One Day Like This' is the only discernible reminder of why I avoided them in the first place.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He’s still expanding his vocal range, but this hour of soulful, sugary funk will accompany your summer parties quite well.