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 4.1 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    An album that could've easily come from other Mississippi River stops where horns and funk pump through the bloodstreams-Chicago, Memphis or St. Louis.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The extent of K.R.I.T.'s achievement on his proper debut can be lost in the consistency of his output, but it is a stirring triumph nonetheless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s a more consistent album than his debut--for better and for worse.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In the rural wasteland of southwestern Texas, producers Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio fame) and Nick Launay brought life to an album that's challenging and conceptual, yet also playful and raunchy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It allows listeners to refamilairize themselves with the Weeknd's aesthetic, which was striking and singular to begin with.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Coherently channeling R&B, techno, disco and rock music as a pop artist while discussing sex, drugs, lust, God, fame and creativity, Lady Gaga has offered fans her most sonically and lyrically diverse album to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's 'party of one' music to overthink with and lines to quote when angry at a significant other--the soundtrack for hard times.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Produced by Matt Serletic, the album is a sonic delight, refreshingly different from what often dominates country radio airwaves. But the 13-song collection is still accessible enough to whet programmers' appetites.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Produced by renowned adult contemporary producer Tommy LiPuma, American Classic-Nelson's finest album since 1998's "Teatro"-contains 12 timeless melodies that bridge the gap between Nelson's love for Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Joy
    Joy is a journey not to be missed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The angry young woman who famously sang about setting kerosene fires and waiting with a loaded gun for her abusive beau has found love with new boyfriend Blake Shelton, and it's reflected on the diverse Revolution.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's a little less bluster and bravado on Toby Keith's latest album, American Ride, and it's a welcome turn.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    During the 13-song set, Jones ditches the gentle piano-playing of her previous work and rises to a new level of creative boldness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Luckily, Wale never spreads himself too thin on Attention Deficit and maintains the urgency of his mixtapes to ensure that the set contains little filler.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a sleekly presented modern-rock album with no shortage of bruising guitars or catchy choruses.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Any listener who has experienced the emotions associated with a romantic split should appreciate the album.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Manipulating her voice as much as she does her sound, Monáe widens the cast of characters and pushes along the self-explorative narrative. The ArchAndroid could be the stuff of stage or screen, 3-D without the annoying glasses.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Known for her past collaborations with English electronica band Zero 7 and more recently with Christina Aguilera, Australian artist Sia Furler shines bright on her own on her newest release.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Buoyed by a favorable divorce settlement, a baby boy and a newly released high-energy dance album, Flesh Tone, the recently single Kelis is ready to bring the boys back to the yard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's rare when every member of a band can claim both vocal and instrumental contributions to an album, and even more rare when each contributor is exceptionally talented.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Beach Boys mastermind's dip into the world of George & Ira Gershwin is a love's labor that makes plenty of sense and opens up at least a few of the tunes to illuminating interpretations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The 14-track set's distinguishing characteristic is a soul flavor of the Muscle Shoals variety, a smooth fit given the role of frontman Patterson Hood's father, David Hood, in that community as well as DBT's own work with Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Peaches and Lenny Kaye are along for the ride, helping Collapse Into Now stand tall in R.E.M.'s richly diverse canon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's not the challenging listening experience that such recent albums as "Orchestrion" (2010) and "The Way Up" (2005) provided, but "What's It All About" is Metheny at his most genteel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's one of Mayer's most diverse and exploratory albums yet, trying on a variety of different styles to accompany a set of particularly reflective and soul-searching tunes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This album is one that begs to be lived with for a long period of time, its quiet details given ample room to germinate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Crystal Castles aren't as cold as they appear to be, but they are calculating--(III) is an expertly produced album that, at just nearly 40 minutes, leaves fans wanting more.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a string of hit singles under her belt, Perry has aspired to create a multi-faceted full-length and has consummately succeeded.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Morello's] contributions feel inventive, versatile and natural, like an extension of the direction Springsteen was already moving in.... Aniello's production work definitely enhances and does not distract from or obscure the tracks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Auerbach offers a more sedate take on the "Born to Die" template, lightening the orchestrations, ditching the hip-hop beats, and presenting Lana as a perpetually scorned pop-noir fugitive--part Neko Case, part Katy Perry. It's a delicious contrast that makes for a surprisingly great album.