Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 655 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 11% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 95 Blunderbuss
Lowest review score: 47 Shock Value II
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 655
655 music reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Needless to say, West has proved once again that he is most on point in the face of adversity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Blunderbuss isn't just (arguably) the best album of the year so far, it opens up a whole new world for him.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The SMiLE Sessions captures Wilson, session musicians and the Beach Boys in moments that are chaotic, loopy and remarkably in synch. It's a consistently brilliant album.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    No matter what Ocean's mood is on the album, the songs sound fantastic.... it's one of the best albums of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    September has been a profoundly great month for new female vocalists in popular music, but Lorde is easily the most vocally striking and lyrically thought-provoking. Pure Heroine is honest and addictive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Martin largely shuns easy romanticism for more assertive messages that celebrate liberation and diversity, themes that can be associated with his coming out last year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The 10-track set barely has a weak moment and actually ends too soon. It's like '90s alt-rock had a child who suddenly grew up beautiful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    So Beautiful or So What is vintage Simon, but it's also all over the map stylistically, touching on blues, African, folk, Indian and more. The music is unmistakably his, but finds the artist challenging himself melodically and with his phrasing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With Father, Son, Holy Ghost, the band has vaulted the equivalent of three albums ahead, taking the conciseness of the EP and confounding expectations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This smart four-disc package commemorates the concert's 40th anniversary with a pristine remastered version of the original recording, five previously unreleased songs from the same show and an entire disc devoted to the fiery opening acts, B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The result is an album that was absolutely worth the seven-year wait, not to mention the mountain of hype atop which Apple has sat since her big comeback at SXSW in March.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Muse fans will have a hard time being disappointed by "The 2nd Law," and rookies have a new perfect place to jump in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    She may be changing direction, but that swagger is still intact.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sale el Sol manages to bridge the divide between the old and new Shakira with a spark that keeps you listening to the very end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On the follow-up to her 2009 breakthrough album, "Bird-Brains," Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards) again creates a clamorous assemblage of warm, overdriven kitchen-sink instrumentation, field hollering, layered stacks of processed vocals and a sonic smorgasbord culled from the world cafe-only more so.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rawlings' guitar work is an engaging mix of the decorative and functional, marvelously recorded and a perfect balance to the warmth of Welch's vocals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bowie and producer Tony Visconti, who helped shaped his sound in the 1970s as well as produce seven T. Rex records, have struck gold in creating a work that is modern and well-connected to the artist's fabled sonic-past.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White brought in more instruments, added deeper textures and, in general, upped the intensity of the songwriting for their second effort.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As strong as this album is, it’s hard to pick out a standout track.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With simple, straightforward songs that appeal to melodic sensibilities rather than rhythmic contraptions, the set is a mix of vulnerability and earnestness.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spanning the years 1968-75, this exquisitely designed four-disc boxed set gathers a treasure trove of rare gems.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bleach is freshened up with remastered versions of unusually heavy songs like the haunting "Negative Creep," where Cobain howls about alienation and being stoned, and the pounding "Floyd the Barber," where the main subject of the eerie track is a man being strapped down and tortured by characters from "The Andy Griffith Show.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's surprising about the best cuts from the 15-track set is how much heat the Police frontman and his varied collaborators create.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's good, dirty fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than happy to engage the pop mainstream (once heard, the irresistible, day-glo chorus of "Superfast Jellyfish" is never forgotten), yet experimental enough to satisfy the hipsters, these cartoon characters just made the first 3-D album of the new decade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 82-year-old singer/pianist's mordant wit retains its vintage charm. In fact, Allison probably could have sung any of these new tunes about aging just as credibly 50 years ago.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its retro influences, MGMT isn't out of touch: "Lady Dada's Nightmare" is an eerie, instrumental nod to a certain pop star. So to answer Vanwyngarden's question: Yes, it's working.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Toronto MC Drake has said that he wants fans to feel the different layers of his debut, Thank Me Later. From the sounds of it, he's held little back, sharing with listeners his deepest thoughts on family, women, and fame.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the listener, disconnecting will be all but impossible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ross raps unhurriedly, encouraging listeners to mull over his every word. Teflon Don is one of this summer's blockbusters.