NOW Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,315 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 To Pimp A Butterfly
Lowest review score: 20 Doll Domination
Score distribution:
2,315 music reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lamar sounds simultaneously like a man firing on all cylinders and struggling to keep it together.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once again, he brilliantly distills years spent studying the arrangements and analog recording techniques of that music into a personal style that carves out its own space between rhythm and melody.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While curiosities and lost tracks usually only appeal to the fan who has everything, this album stands as a perfect complement to Springsteen's mid-70s work.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He celebrates his contradictions with such musical flair, it's a thrilling listen from beginning to end.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You can spend hours dismantling Sunbather and cooking up a neat sub-sub-genre for it (post-black-metal-gaze-death-dreamcore-whatever). Or you can just call it one of the year’s best records.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Of course, being an audio document, you miss out on the entertaining high-handed flourishes of González at the piano and Bárbarito Torres showboating by playing the laúd behind his back, but it’s still a stellar document of a special performance, the likes of which we’ll never encounter again.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The much richer sound on these formats spins songs recorded as many as 40-plus years ago eerily into the moment. It’s as if you’re listening at the exact instant of recording, making the music as personal as a direct memory.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's simultaneously of the moment and an undeniable classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the nine tracks, the band maintains a grown-up punk sound rooted in air-tight musicianship.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lamar's invincible on good kid, and reveals just how deft his hand is.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its intriguing combination of 70s Bowie glam, James Brown soul and Outkast weirdness can't really be taken in after one spin. True rewards come from repeat listens. Finally, something worthy of the hype.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easily his most personal work yet, and even though the story of his mother's difficult life is hardly universal, the results are deeply moving and richly evocative.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 10 songs are tense and commanding, loaded with nervy post-punk charge, ricocheting rhythms and electric guitars both zippy and busy and wild and bucking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Big Boi's lyrically on point, too, balancing cavalier wit and grown-man profundity that puts this album among Outkast's best. Your move, 3000.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Both emcees are incredibly versatile, switching up speed, style and tone, playing off each other one minute, one-upping each other the next.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Whereas Chaplin's sharply drawn social comment is rightly considered a modern classic, Dylan's Modern Times -- sung in a strangely affected croak you'd expect to hear from Leon Redbone's grandfather -- comes off like a feeble anachronism in which our man cynically attempts to pass off public-domain blues and folk tunes as his own by changing a few words.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apple's return to music is not only undeniably powerful, but Idler is arguably her best work yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While they’ve obviously raised production values for Merriweather Post Pavillion--the sound of guitars has been eclipsed by a sampledelic woosh and gurgle--Animal Collective fans will be relieved to find the group keeping a safe distance from mainstream pap.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Illmatic is timeless because of Nas’s introspective, hyper-detailed approach to his daily life--even to moments that don’t seem particularly notable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Over the years, his raps grew less engrossing and his albums bombed atomically. But he’s back on point with OB4CL2, sounding as fierce and focused as ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's plenty to enjoy here, but very little to get worked up about.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most engaging film characters have likeable qualities that conflict with something that’s inherently hard to stomach. Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio masterfully employ this tension in Dear Science,--apparently their major breakthrough album.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stellar, necessary batch of smart rock songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A densely tangled masterpiece that floods and floors by straddling swaggering grooves and boggling cacophony.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite all of its references, Reservation is original, cohesive, absorbing and Haze's most polished release to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the sheer density of Bejar's writing can be overwhelming, Destroyer's Rubies is, on a musical level, the most 'accessible' disc he's released in years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If any rap group could pull off a project this unwieldy, it's the Roots, and they make it seem effortless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's true that we've come to expect a certain level of genius from this band, but when they actually exceed expectations, as they do here, it's a clear sign that Radiohead will continue to reinvent themselves and drop more jaws along the way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Themes of isolation and solipsism unfold musically as much as lyrically. Produced with help from Flaming Lips go-to guy Dave Fridmann, Lonerism surprises with layers of detail.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A master class in School of Iommi doom metal.