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
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout, Cookie crackles with intensity, be it of the sexual, political, or religious kind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kasey Chambers has created a series of stirring, passionate songs that capture raw emotion and a simultaneous toughness amidst a blend of country, blues, and folk musical influences.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The quintet has never sounded tighter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Sheath" sounds immediately of a piece with LFO's earlier work, albeit rife with updated technology and boasting slightly broader ambitions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the album isn't nearly as compelling as Wilco's latest, it proves a thoroughly enjoyable listen nonetheless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By scaling warm guitar lines, keen melodies, and a valuable sense of history, these Sparks continue to fly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album's simple, pleasing blend of acoustic guitar-based folk music belies the complex nature of her lyrics, and it's a winning combination.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most potent and cohesive album of its career.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully fatalistic and unimposingly pedagogical, Brainwashed is quite possibly Harrison's next-to-best album and a sober reminder that his passing is a loss too large to measure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those looking for peak-hour club music are advised to look elsewhere, but those in search of quirky aural landscapes to play alongside their Groove Armada and Bent discs need to investigate lemonjelly.ky. [Critics Choice]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Long Walk Home" passes the ultimate soundtrack test: it stands alone beautifully, capably supporting the work of director Phillip Noyce while at the same time feeling like a natural and fluid extension of Gabriel's own distinctive artistic vision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This French quartet specializes in bubbly AM indie-pop that gives it more the feel of a male-fronted version of the Cardigans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "The Joy of Sing-Sing" is an aptly-titled delight aimed straight at alt-pop partisans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given the talent on hand it would take some horrible disaster to sink "Optometry," but the combo actually bests expectations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The aptly titled "Now You Know" shouldn't be perceived as the end of Martsch's indie rock affiliation, but the sound of an artist delving deeper, and in doing so, hitting his stride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She has never sounded so earthy, so bluesy, so soulful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Supper" is superior to the particularly subdued sound of its immediately predecessor, "Rain on Lens," landing closer to the Velvet Underground-inspired stomp of 1999's "Knock Knock."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Sounds" sounds great, alternating between driving, percussive romps like "Love Caught Up To Me," "Free To Go," and "Dreams Of Clay" and moments of sheer country perfection in "Time Spent Missing You," "A Promise You Can't Keep," and the wonderfully hangdog Hank Williams knockoff "The Heartaches Are Free."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Way is not as accessible to the masses as previous albums, but this jewel doesn't need to be so polished to glitter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arguably Mellencamp's best album since 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee and 1983's Uh-Huh.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sensual, mysterious, and provocative, Learning From Falling shines brightly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sleepy and soulful, Can Our Love . . . is delightfully powerful in an understated way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few songwriters can express these mundane intricacies of melancholia free from morose affectation, but Rouse's heartbreak and hurt sounds honest and natural, inviting you to share his pain.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of her finest albums to date.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of these songs about life, love, family, friends, and the world seem subtly laced with lyrics inspired by the terrorist attacks, which helps make Are You Passionate? seem not only like a great next step in Young's career but also the best album he could have issued right now.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderfully subtle, often moving collection of acoustic tunes that illuminates Young's incomparable tunesmithing and a voice that can deliver volumes of emotion and subtext in a simple phrase.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this is indeed a swan song for Brooks, it's like calling it a career with a championship-winning shot at the buzzer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think of bubblegum produced by a garage/grunge band.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On "The Mirror Conspiracy," the duo fine-tunes its deft merging of all things dub, electronica, and bossa nova, creating sweet and savory tracks...