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 Faith and Courage
Lowest review score: 10 Hefty Fine
Score distribution:
1720 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Con a welcome addition to summer playlists and to Tegan & Sara's promising catalog.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the same pop-wise Hot Chip, only wilier and with a more dastardly sonic arsenal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Williams and Elvis Costello get their twang on for the spirited 'Jailhouse Tears,' and a combination of new elements (horns) and powerhouse playing by her touring band Buick 6 bolster the set's emotional heft.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beneath the occasionally shambling arrangements and fuzzy overdubs, though, lie some great songs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As strange as it is wonderful.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A postcard-perfect summer pop jam, "Don't Give Up" is one of many delights on Chicane's much-anticipated sophomore album, "Behind The Sun."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time, the gorgeous harmonies and lo-fi ELO homages remain, but the lyrics are more personal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What is exploding, writhing and fermenting behind Avey Tare's erratic voice is what's most interesting about this poppy, though experimental, set.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nouns is a more likable and less abrasive version of No Age, with a little something for everyone and a little nothing for no one as well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thomas returns with a soaring collection of infectious pop songs that are destined for heavy rotation in 2009 and beyond.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This winning collaborative combination makes "Before the Poison" even stronger than its 2002 predecessor, "Kissin' Time," but with production and arrangements that are minimalist, dark and desolate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Rather Ripped" is a concise serving of what the band does best.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The concept behind Simply Grand was to pair Thomas with a different star pianist on each track, and the results are mostly stunning.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His exceptional new album has plenty of sex and senoritas, but also a higher calling on the uplifting 'It's a Beautiful World,' a duet with Patti Griffin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The-Dream has definitely bypassed the sophomore slump with "Love Vs. Money." The songwriter-cum-singer pushes the envelope production-wise (incorporating more of his Prince influences, among others) as well as lyrically.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 11 tracks breeze by in a blaze of exuberant, pop-tinged glory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    K'Naan's singular take on the parallels between Africa and America is the strongest thread running through this diverse, socially alert and frequently brilliant sophomore disc.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But for all the growth, the band's continuing inclination toward a bludgeoning sonic attack and Moreno's violent, impressionistic lyrics make this a tough pill to swallow for most listeners.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even when you can't understand what he is breathily crooning, Prekop is a master at setting just the right mood.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Oklahoman delivers in spades on her sophomore effort, on which she was much more involved in the creative process.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frontman David Draiman shows that he is an ample singer, refraining from the quirky vocal squallings that graced Sickness for a more straight-ahead croon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The true star is Antony's raw, emotional voice, one in which you can almost hear actual feelings being conveyed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Depressing but arresting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mplsound is sometimes stronger still [than "Lotusflow3r"], with the party whoop of '(There'll Never B) Another Like Me,' the delicious dirty mind of 'Chocolate Box' and 'Ol' Skool Company,' which will have you partying like its 1985.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine, quirky entrance that hints at a band poised for bigger things down the road.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lil Mama shows off some impressive verbal firepower here, like when she challenges her skeptics over a booming trash-can beat in 'One Hit Wonder.'
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Searching for a ray of lyrical light in John Mellencamp's latest treatise on the state of the world proves consuming—but largely fruitless. That, however, makes the album all the more compelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The singer does double duty as a dance diva and brokenhearted balladeer. It's no easy feat, but when Spears shoves aside the tabloid trauma and hooks up with the right producers--on this album it's Guy Sigsworth, Danja, Dr. Luke and Max Martin--she is in a class of her own.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful, rhythmic gallop of harmonic singing, freeform piano, chaotic harp and some of the most insane drumming you will ever hear in your life.