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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Free The Bees
Lowest review score: 10 Hefty Fine
Score distribution:
1720 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Starsailor is one of those wonderfully rare bands that manages to be gentle and sensitive while also rocking admirably.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Under intense pressure to "prove itself," Sparta has done perfectly fine.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's most challenging--and rewarding--album.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All for You overflows with Parliament-etched funky beats, orchestral disco flourishes, and rich bursts of sensuality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond unnecessary remixes, there are joyous discoveries to be had here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pru
    Picking up the lyrical gauntlet thrown down by such neo-soul sistahs as Angie Stone, Jill Scott, and musical influence/labelmate Rachelle Ferrell, this Houston-bred singer/songwriter sparkles with colorfully imaged songs about love won, lost, and anticipated -- laid against an R&B backdrop rhythmically punctuated with hip-hop, Latin, pop, jazz, rock, and country.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a solid, unashamedly honest portrait.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a collection that successfully sets Hanson apart from the current teen-pop phenomenon that it helped start -- at least from a creative perspective.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure to convince doubters and win new fans, the set roars with the sort of fire rarely seen from a group with four albums under its belt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tropical Storm should be the album that blows away fans and critics alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sparkling little gem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a confident, competent new direction from one of rock's most intriguing figures.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    RJ's solo work transcends hip-hop boundaries, and at its peak moments, is better described as much closer to soul.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the 14-track "Mama's Gun," Badu mixes a little rock, some jazz, and a whole lot of soul.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A feisty set of primarily thrash-hop covers of socially and politically charged hip-hop, pop, rock, and punk jams.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully strange and richly tuneful...
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A challenging, yet highly rewarding listen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A glorious blend of surf-pop and Brazilian rhythms?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Sound Loaded" shows Martin walking the tightrope between requisite familiarity and fresh musical ground with remarkable ease.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not to be outdone by the generation of singers he has influenced, he raises the bar with the 19-track set.
    • Billboard
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In signature Björk fashion, the songs are emotionally intense, beautifully orchestrated, sensually sweet, and wickedly exotic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stringfellow is one of the most underrated songwriters of our generation, and while "Touched" may still remain his all-timer, "Soft Commands" could most definitely be considered his textbook.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A nicely varied, wholly satisfying collection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's collective songwriting skills impress frequently.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shows a sure production sense to match the ever-perceptive singer/songwriter's observations on life and love.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Toby Keith has developed into a superstar for a reason, and he keeps getting better.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But as opposed to Blink, which powers straight ahead with scatological juvenility, the Offspring bridges punk with change-ups of metal and traditional rock and brings a more sarcastic wit to its observations of male teen angst.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sterling set is signature Sade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully spacey and searingly brash all at once.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One by One, in all its thunderous angst and desperate expressions of hope, represents a full-on exploration of the Foos '70s influences.