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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    The veteran artiste holds his ground on a collection that is sure to earn him the respect of not only his old fans but a new generation of listeners raised on sonic provocateurs like Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and Moby.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Canto is a passionate mix of originals and material drawn from the traditions of Mexico, Cuba, and Peru.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Improvisatory and poetic, Bardo Pond has more in common with avant-jazz and contemporary classical than with most heavy rock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like bourbon, his voice only gets more seductively potent with age.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Breathtaking and beautiful, as well as haunting and bleak...
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Raitt's eternal vocal effervescence and enthusiasm continue to amaze and astound.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New Zealand supergroup the Clean once again makes a case that the world's most intriguing pop music comes from that small, faraway land.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His most diverse and musically adventurous solo set to date.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On "Plain Rap," the decidedly more mellow yet equally appealing follow-up to "Labcabincalifornia," the trio -- Slimkid, Imani, and Booty Brown -- continues to pave its own path.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderfully ambient collection of 10 songs
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A recording not to be missed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drawn From Life features some of Eno's most tightly structured and accessible music in years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fab five has more than made up for lost time with the deliriously buoyant God Bless the Go-Go's.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A frisky set that rocks with more excitement than Ferry has exhibited in years.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kudos for making such a disparate collection hang together as a cohesive, upbeat, infectious whole.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Shaman, Santana delivers an album that will, no doubt, please fans of its globally successful predecessor, while at the same time reel in new ones.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily its most lushly orchestrated and diverse output yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His most accomplished song cycle to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Orton has a flair for penning languid, spacious songs whose forlorn characters seem as adrift as the music's fleeting acoustic guitar chords and absentminded piano tinkles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The chaotic electronic density of U2's last few efforts has been replaced by sticky, bite-size tunes -- sporting candy-sweet choruses that are often underlined by unabashed words of love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must-have for any fans of true alternative music and a primer for younger generations to see where their favorite bands got their inspiration.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far more '70s-style easy rock than rap/rock bombast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feels sweeter and breezier than the Girls' previous few releases, and the record is stronger for it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rich in melody and mood, guitar and piano; it is more rock than pop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leo manages to weave his messages into some of the tightest, most energetic rock you're likely to hear this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beneath the dreamy melodies is more than a hint of darkness, disguised by the languid arrangements and dreamy playing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Stone] continues to reinvent soul music, injecting a very classic sound with contemporary sass and verve.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is wonderfully all over the musical map.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without question, Stillmatic is the artist's most complete album since he debuted eight years ago with Illmatic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Showcases Nas' incredible talent as a lyricist and social commentator.