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 American V: A Hundred Highways
Lowest review score: 20 Afterparty Babies
Score distribution:
2682 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The revelatory stuff is contextual.... One of the greatest rock records ever.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To this day, Dylan regards the studio as an artifact-making machine and not a magical chamber freezing definitive versions of his songs. The Bootleg Series has bolstered this opinion before but never presented his creative process so nakedly. For any music fan, this is pure treasure.
    • 96 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On much of Skeleton Tree, it sounds as though the Bad Seeds are doing their best to stay out of their frontman's way. It's an album of pure, direct emotion.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    What sets Lemonade apart are the ways it continually highlights the fine line between empathy and anger. It’s a line Beyoncé walks with supreme confidence.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Want It Darker is frightening, aching and, finally, sad. But, on this gorgeous, essential record, the sadness is illuminated. It glows.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a mind-bogglingly superb testament to an artist at peak power.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A triumphantly outspoken, brash blast of incisive songs informed by inequality, displacement, joy, loss, humour, working, time’s passage, wit and sick production.
    • 90 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has the bigness and accessibility of a major hip-hop album thanks in part to zeitgeisty guests like Justin Bieber, Future and Young Thug.
    • 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
    Here twigs sounds even more poised and self-assured.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Weariness gives way to willingness as Solange unpacks and ultimately celebrates Blackness, from the politics of Black hair in Don’t Touch My Hair (featuring Sampha) to a reclamation of Black masculinity in Scales (featuring Kelela).
    • 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
    American Band's force comes from its unflinching exploration of what it means to be American in 2016 and its assertion that questioning the status quo is necessary for the country to survive and thrive. Just in time for the presidential election.