Billboard's Scores

  • Music
For 1,720 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Boxing Mirror
Lowest review score: 10 Hefty Fine
Score distribution:
1,720 music reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    To be sure, Osborne proves again she has a wonderfully rich, sensual, and powerful voice that commands respect. But besides a winning cover of Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love," she chooses to showcase it among mostly flat and/or generic arrangements.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
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    The five Brits waste their major talents on midtempo songs like "Everyday" and "Four Letter Word."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hardly anything here makes an impression after repeated listens. What's worse, even fewer tracks possess the spark or invention for which Phish is revered.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you dug the sweaty rowdiness of Mooney's last records, you'll find that the Matrix scrub-job has removed most of their traces of grit, grime and rock.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A baker's dozen's worth of featherlight ditties that range in quality from guilty pleasures to already-dated clunkers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In a live setting, Oasis are too often just another band churning out big, bad anthems for the masses.... it remains troubling that a band with so much quality material buried as b-sides or minor album cuts needs to resort to pointless, set-padding covers of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My," and the Beatles' "Helter Skelter."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    On "Machina," the Pumpkins don't sound creatively bankrupt as much as they sound burned out, uninspired, and not living up to their potential.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tends more toward the "dance" elements of IDM than the "intelligent," reducing UNKLE's trip-hop origins and innovative beats to overdrawn synth wank-fests.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    His least demanding work ever, steeped in the traditions of pop and rock.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It doesn't always make for an enjoyable listening experience, on or off the dancefloor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The lyrics seem ripped from a teenager's journal, and his regular-guy vocals can't make them compelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even the few noteworthy moments are lost in the banality of the music. [15 Oct 2005]
    • Billboard
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It is P.O.D.'s lyrics, which are stuck in adolescent neutral, that doom "Testify" to feeling like a relic. [28 Jan 2006]
    • Billboard
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Nearly every cut shoots for maximum radio mileage, and the album's lack of stimulation makes such pandering harder to overlook. [20 May 2006]
    • Billboard
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Too many tracks meander aimlessly without finding the perfect beat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    While he is certainly an innovative producer, that originality fails to translate on "In My Mind."
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In general, Federline enunciates well. [11 Nov 2006]
    • Billboard
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not every album can be a tour de force, but Keenan is normally much better than this even on his worst days.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The Grammy-garnering producer certainly shows good taste in his selection (favoring 20th-century pieces) and obviously knows his way around a mixing board, but his make-overs are ultimately bloodless, even banal.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    But if t.A.T.u. represents the tippy-top of the marketing universe, it also represents the bottom third of pop songwriting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    [Ashcroft] possesses one of the definitive rock voices and has an undeniable gift for melody, but he pairs those talents here with truly insipid lyrics and uninspired MOR arrangements.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, the equally undercooked "The New Danger," there is a sense that a deadline crawled up before the music was cemented. [13 Jan 2007]
    • Billboard
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    No, kids, it's not that scatological jokes aren't funny, just that these scatological jokes aren't funny.