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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never has the pair sounded more fresh and self-assured; nor has it delivered such a fully realized work before.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the sonic reach of Pink Floyd and convincing, explosive pop in the vein of Rogue Wave and the Apples in Stereo, "Ta Det Lugnt" is thick with variety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album of uncommon intelligence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's no wonder that visionary artists like Brian Eno and Tricky have welcomed the act with open arms. "Good Looking Blues" finds the group combining the best elements of its past... with bluesy horns, Jamaican beats, hip-hop drum loops, and avant-jazzy excursions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Power pop just doesn't get any more powerful or poppy than this, with all three singers in fine form and the band -- all high-strung keyboards and frenetic drums -- blazing away at the speed of sound.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This stellar, adventurous album just may be the best thing they've attempted since 1989's "The Mekons Rock'n'Roll."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds utterly contemporary even as it harks to the band's glory days.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rooty revels in exploiting rhythmic combinations that shouldn't work--but definitely do.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offering her strongest material since her 1982 landmark, Bella Donna, Nicks is radiant as she vamps through guitar-charged rockers that deftly balance her signature poetry with sticky pop hooks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A delicious, genre-defying sound
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This time there's less gimmickry, more sympathy for the words and melodies. Harris... has crafted 11 profound, graceful poems that rank with the best songs she's ever recorded.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The duo wisely experiments with a wider variety of moods and melodies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an invigorating, electric blend that is pushed over the top by lyrics that are smart and spiritual without ever pressing too hard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although 2002 is still young, consider Under Rug Swept one of the year's best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the year's best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There hasn't been this entertaining or hard-rocking an Aerosmith album since who-knows-when.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's a group at the top of its game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only shares some textural similarities with Radiohead's "Kid A," but rivals it as an art-rock classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She is simply magnificent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully offbeat blend of atmospheric folk and lo-fi rock that never fails to charm.... One of the year's most well-rounded and consistently satisfying albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes "Source Tags & Codes" such an amazing album is how the band teeters on the edge of this implosion but always yanks its songs back from collapse at the very last second.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By resolutely forgetting formula, Radiohead proves itself all the more relevant with Amnesiac.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are some truly fascinating marriages of old and new happening.... One of the best albums you'll hear this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impassioned and bold, this record is a triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Kid A" immerses listeners in an ocean of unparalleled musical depth. It is, without question, the first truly groundbreaking album of the 21st century.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fresh and imaginative, "Anything" is one intoxicating recording.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "People" boasts an uncommon beauty and originality, brimming with tunes that glimmer with pure magic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stronger, more distinctive album than its predecessor in nearly every respect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like debuts from Zero 7 and the Avalanches, Melody A.M. is well-situated to sit pretty in many critics' annual top 10s come December.