Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 825 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Complete Matrix Tapes [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 40 Jackie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 825
825 music reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The album's dozen story songs-11 penned solely by Parton-are filled with uplifting sentiment and words of encouragement set against a variety of backdrops, most of them deeply rooted in country traditions rather than acquiescing to radio demands.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Keys delivers a musically understated but richly passionate set of soul paeans to being in love, out of love, lovelorn and pining for her man to return.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Spoon's seventh studio album, Transference, strikes a balance between its early angsty indie-rock and the soulful deconstructed pop of its 2007 release, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Longtime fans might raise an eyebrow at the band's songs appearing in a videogame and Microsoft ad, but commercialism remains a part of Gang of Four's lyrics more than its sound.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It's a well-crafted brand of meat 'n potatoes hard rock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Restrained, moody and subtle. It has its big footprint moments, of course, and there's an audible ambition that gives the album a crackling if slow-burning energy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The Besnard Lakes amp up the energy with a more guitar-driven approach on third album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night. But this added vigor doesn't distract from the rock band's more familiar fare of gentle vocal deliveries and downplayed drums.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It’s essential listening not so much for its quality--uneven, if generally high--but for the strange place it occupies in Morrissey’s discography. Not since 1991’s “Kill Uncle” has he given us anything quite so puzzling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It's a lot to take in, but his aim is true as always.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    What marks "No Devolucion" as an improvement over 2006's "A City by the Light Divided" and 2009's "Common Existence" is that frontman Geoff Rickly and his bandmates have finally written a batch of songs worthy of those complicated arrangements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The 12-track set plows some new ground for Little Big Town, from the way Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook's duet intertwines with the group harmonies on the title track to the traditional country flavor of "You Can't Have Everything" and the bluegrass tinge on "Little White Church."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With its serene landscapes and beautiful imagery, listening to The Golden Archipelago makes waiting for the tropical temperatures of summer all the more difficult.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Bennington and his Dead by Sunrise bandmates (who hail from the electronic rock band Julien-K) also display a deft touch with atmospherics and textures on tracks like "Too Late," "Give Me Your Name" and the goth-tinged "Let Down," among others
    • 67 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The usual, more or less. Musically, it’s her typical mix of pop-classicist balladry and hip-hop-tinged summer jamming, and if Carey doesn't exactly go strutting into new territory, it’s because she knows most people like her right where she is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    18 Months has a certain set of goals in its sights, and Harris (alongside an all-star roster of vocalists and co-producers) resoundingly achieves these goals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    I Love You is guiltless fun, just like any proper quickie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you don't finish this part record a hot mess, then you probably didn't have a good time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It's the balance between delicate guitar, lush cello and the singer's rich vocals on "Brooklyn Fawn" that proves Matt Pond PA is ready to stretch out, not compromise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Nobody's Daughter recalls the highlights of the band's critically acclaimed 1994 album, "Live Through This," and shows that, as a band, Hole is not one bit damaged.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Because she's bold enough to do it her way, Aguilera maintains her reign.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Gold Cobra reminds us of how much fun a tight, no-holds-barred rap-metal record can be in the right hands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    How I Got Over finds the Roots acting as elder statesmen in hip-hop, but its mix of nifty experiments and straightforward rap eliminates any sense of predictability.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    While that post-9/11 set had a fantastic first single ("Ch-Check It Out") and nothing else close to its level, the group's latest lacks a standout track but is a consistent hodgepodge of slimy beats and no-nonsense rhyming.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' new self-titled release finds frontwoman Potter and her band in full bloom, hammering out hook-heavy rock tracks with a confident, natural sound.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The departure earlier this year of keyboardist Franz Nicolay means less Springsteen-like keyboard embellishments, but the group's Everyman quality remains intact thanks to vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn's straightforward lyricism and lead guitarist Tad Kubler's signature swells.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The Thermals may not change your life, as Harris promises on the opener, but they keep on issuing front-to-back fun albums like few other bands.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Lil Wayne's latest album, I Am Not a Human Being, is not as experimental as the rapper's previous rock-tinged "Rebirth" set that arrived earlier this year, and most fans will likely appreciate this.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With sophisticated grace and evocative lyricism, Melua has made a brave reinvention that raises her already lofty artistic bar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Austere and melancholy, dealing mostly with heartbreaks and farewells with a modicum of hope, new album "Paper Airplane" still conveys the rich and understated beauty that's always been the group's trademark.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Johnston delivers another album of nuanced and evocative tunes laced with vivid imagery and emotional depth.