Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 661 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 95 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 47 Shock Value II
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 661
661 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underneath the Pine is at its best on songs like Got Blinded, Still Sound and Divina, with solid grooves and discernable melodies that leap out from the kaleidoscopic bramble.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonically it's a super-charged take on the girl-group sound, with thundering drums, multilayered vocals, heart-wrenching lyrics and loads of echo-all of which contrasts with her honeyed voice.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The easier-but not exactly wiser-route for Brown would've been to take jabs at those who turned their backs on him, but his tactic here seems to give listeners a solid album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Akinmusire has chosen to challenge listeners, exploring free territory where Smith squeaks and squawks his way into the wilderness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mostly, though, the surprisingly warm-blooded Audio, Video, Disco reveals Justice to be human after all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clearly you can take McBride--who co-wrote six of these tracks--anywhere and she'll sound just fine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band fares better in a handful of frothier cuts.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rage gives American Capitalist a fierce potency.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can hear the result of all those showbiz connections in the radio-ready economy of high-sheen hook bombs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They never supersede the originals, but hardly suffer in comparison.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frontman Randy Blythe still growls his guts out while his bandmates hammer away at economy-sized grooves that suggest an extreme-sports version of Southern rock.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An old-fashioned countrypolitan album-and a really good one at that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picture Show should end up as one the year's most tuneful rock releases.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its new studio album, Tornado, seems designed to demonstrate that stardom hasn't separated the band from the backwoods roots it famously celebrated in the song "Boondocks."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with so many producers lending a hand, there isn't a dud to be found on the record's thirteen tracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rebel Soul brings [that devil (without a cause, of course)-may-care 'tude] back into the mix without sacrificing the lessons Rock learned from working with Rubin and his cadre of top-shelf session hands--only this time he applied them to the live, lived-in feel of his Twisted Brown Trucker band.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have made an analog album that's less of a "throwback" and more of a salute to the idols that would now do anything to hop on the duo's full-length.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The journey of its latest change has been bumpy, but by blending its storied past with the musical present, Queensr├┐che's members prove the band as a whole is indeed greater than any one person.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He makes up for the lack of addictive anthems and playfulness with his impressionable stream of sentiments--our kryptonite, his superpower.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Black Keys' eighth long player isn't loaded with obvious hits, and that's more than okay--because this is a brave, varied and engaging collection of songs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs of Innocence is a colossal-sounding record from rock's ultimate stadium wreckers, and a quick listen reveals why no other marketing strategy would have worked.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hudson links with a long tradition of powerful female vocalists making highly danceable music. And the spare templates she uses here, which are heavy on rhythm and relatively empty otherwise, give her plenty of space to flex her powerful voice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Texas native reclaims her spot as one of country's most expressive and distinctive vocalists.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Art Official Age isn't just the stronger of the two--it's among his most imaginative albums since the '90s.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    747
    Lady A has always demonstrated the potential to deliver a little something more. On 747, we finally get a glimpse of it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a lustful listen that often centers on either coming together or breaking apart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    London rock act Bombay Bicycle Club hasn't been playing together long, but the foursome boasts an impressive sound on debut album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose (released last July in the United Kingdom).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Benson spent the early part of the decade building a repertoire of scruffy but sophisticated pop songs, but he fulfills his potential on this sparkling new set.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The lack of woe-is-me melancholy on Mindy Smith's fourth release, Stupid Love, is what makes the heartrending album so intriguing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Even with the hiatus, the effort is remarkable for its maverick spirit and pop unorthodoxy.