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 Separation Sunday
Lowest review score: 10 Hefty Fine
Score distribution:
1,720 music reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Faith And Courage" is head and shoulders above what came before it. In fact, it is brilliant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To say there isn't one bad track on this album would be a drastic understatement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A monumental step forward in the progression of the group's sound.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The kind of record from which careers are made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Alligator" is easily the National's best effort and quite possibly one of this year's finest records.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Separation Sunday" is not only these Brooklyn transplants' best work to date (far surpassing the critically mis-hyped debut from last year), it is one of the grittiest, realest New York rock albums to come out since the Trouser Press folded.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    CYHSY is at the best point in the lifecycle of a band: un-styled, simply produced and deserving of the hype for what is -- quite possibly -- a nearly perfect album.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A landmark work by one of country's singular artists. [4 Mar 2006]
    • Billboard
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A through-and-through classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterwork from one of the genuine lights in rock music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The disc makes so few concessions to current trends that it sounds like something dug up from a time capsule, in the best sense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the year's best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beck has rarely performed with such maturity and confidence, breathing a rich, often haunting baritone into songs that seem to follow a plotline thread of despair after the end of a relationship.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of stunning simplicity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyond the bookish lyrics, Malkmus has composed an album of brilliant songs, with creative intros, off-kilter arrangements, and well-placed effects.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gone are the meandering Sonic Youth impressions, and in their place are imaginative songs that don't alienate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With such a variety of moods and sounds, "S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D." turns out to be the rarest of albums: able to make you think but more interested in making you dance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Equilibrium special is the wonderfully atmospheric combination of Shipp's most minimalist playing and Jamal's glowing vibes; the rhythms, too, have a hypnotic sense of groove.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extraordinarily potent recording, one that will likely be among 2001's best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, the stellar Sleepwalking is steeped in mature songwriting craftsmanship and versatile rhythms that encompass dance, reggae, hip-hop, and left-field ambiance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a showcase of a hugely important American artist at full power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Solitary Man" may lack the immediate impact of its predecessors but is no less a masterpiece.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Along with absolutely stunning MC'ing across the board, "Quality" heralds the long-awaited return of the DJ to street hip-hop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yearwood's voice is a treasure, alternating between jaw-dropping heights and ideal understatement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There isn't a dud among this project's 11 tracks, each of which sounds custom-made for radio.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seamless without being monotonous, "Buzzcocks" is punk rock for grownups, teenagers, and everyone in between, without pandering or becoming a caricature of itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is some of the most accomplished indie rock you're likely to hear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A crowning achievement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smith's vision is as rapturous as ever, and it receives its most focused, impassioned treatment here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A subtle masterpiece...