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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 This Week
Lowest review score: 10 Hefty Fine
Score distribution:
1720 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After 28 years, you'd think it would be tough coming up with new twists to captivate audiences. But apparently not for King George, whose latest album, Twang, is among the finest collections of songs he's released.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The final product exceeds the hype.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The finest and most listener-friendly album of Gomez's 10-year career.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The duo's current sonic incarnation favors melody over mayhem, and all the better for it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Ringleader" proves Morrissey does not need to be miserable to make memorable music.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is this one of the best new-artist debuts in recent memory (think Dixie Chicks in 1998), Lady Antebellum's self-titled set will go down as one of the year's best, period.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The recording is immaculate, the performance breathtaking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By resolutely forgetting formula, Radiohead proves itself all the more relevant with Amnesiac.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gone are the meandering Sonic Youth impressions, and in their place are imaginative songs that don't alienate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing they've done can match the pure pop beauty of "Puzzles Like You."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the mesmerizing Alison Goldfrapp leading the way, a glam-rock fierceness reigns supreme throughout this stunning collection.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds utterly contemporary even as it harks to the band's glory days.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "One Beat" is so rich with strong new ideas that the dense disc actually takes some getting used to, a real accomplishment for a band some already view as an acquired taste.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Picaresque" is by far the Decemberists' best work to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impassioned and bold, this record is a triumph.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A hauntingly beautiful album with tender, melodic pop arrangements that really make a lasting impression.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is more than enough here to make up for any loss of zeitgeist-shattering impact the second time around. [28 Apr 2007]
    • Billboard
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This intimate, often breathtakingly beautiful collection (primarily produced by the artist herself) finds solace in the calm after the storm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The group encapsulates the Atlantic seacoast just as 1980s twangers the dBs embodied the South and the Beach Boys captured California.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The trio's most complete effort since 1996's Stakes Is High.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A delicious blend of acoustic guitar, raw grooves and sublime melodies. [11 Feb 2006]
    • Billboard
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's a group at the top of its game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the year's best. [29 Oct 2005]
    • Billboard
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to organic, piano-driven production, stellar storytelling and Sir's rededication to his vocal craft, this is a triumph.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Release couldn't be more lovely if it tried.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exceptional technical ability, lyrical insight far beyond their years and unbridled exuberance merge into one of the most promising rock entrances since Radiohead's "Pablo Honey." [18 Feb 2006]
    • Billboard
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of stunning simplicity.