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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Muse is one of the world's biggest rock bands, but for all its missionary zeal, Drones preaches to the converted.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Everything Is 4, some songs give him newfound definition, but then others distract from it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album lacks the obvious potential hits to guarantee that, although the moody, Jeremih-featuring single "Like Me" is easy to get lost in. The album does, however, strike a graceful balance between gritty roots and big-budget sheen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Grand Romantic has some moments more danceable than dour.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a semblance of a flow to the record’s sprawling track list, but too many songs sound hastily written, and too often Cyrus acts as if her drug trip is more poignant than the average freakout.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While nothing on Repentless reaches similar heights of mayhem, overall the album is more focused and fierce than its predecessor, 2009’s Hanneman-assisted World Painted Blood.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It doesn’t all click, like when Imbruglia smooths over all the emotional grit of Damien Rice’s “Cannonball.” But her charms on Male win you over in the end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Caracal is the kind of effort that diehard fans might convince themselves to appreciate, and then never play again.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The chemistry works as expected, even if it never exceeds, or even reaches, the sum of its artists. There's no transcendent moment here, because the project is essentially a meeting of opposites who mostly stay in their lanes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As on True, the nondance tracks are more or less power ballads, albeit with fairly pallid vocals.... The dance tracks are actually where most of this album’s pleasant surprises lie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All that retro angst is more rote and less involving than the way its debut tried to square loud guitars with the hooky imperatives of chart pop. In the last several tracks, though, the energy returns.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The subtler, less stylized Wiped Out! keeps the palm-trees-at-twilight feel, but the sound is more hazy R&B than rock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Neither a departure nor a return to Segall’s usual fuzzy form, Emotional Mugger asks a lot from the listener, and it doesn’t always ask nicely.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite a few highlights, This Is Acting is scattered and forgettable next to the emotional 1000 Forms of Fear.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Accented by piano, glassy guitars, occasional strings and vocal harmonies inspired by ’90s R&B, the project’s highlights--“Deadwater,” “Weak” and “You’re the Best”--aren’t all that dissimilar from its lesser tracks: lovely, yet forgettable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It sounds good on paper, but the album unfolds as an undifferentiated wash of music, without the big toothsome melodies that have lifted John's music for decades.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Khalifa, he's characteristically mellow and melodic, mixing rhymes that are part equal parts braggadocio and motivational slogans in an almost singular pursuit of highs and riches. By design, none of the songs stand out, save for the Travis Scott featuring "Bake Sale," which wins mostly by sounding like an aired-out version of Scott's own hit "Antidote."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Much of It's About Time is dense, cooking Southern rock. It can be frivolous (the bleacher-stomp shout-alongs "Club U.S.A." and "The Party's On") but has no problem nailing a groove.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    On its eighth full-length release, Glasgow, Scotland, indie pop group Belle & Sebastian ditch their sad-vibes-hidden-by-happy-melodies schtick in favor of legitimately upbeat songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Given Healy's winsome vocals and his good-guy image, the grab at gravitas doesn't always connect.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    The problem is that the hints of personality underneath the braggadocio overflowing on "Based on a T.R.U. Story" exist as faint flickers, pointing to a storytelling skill that has yet to be given the spotlight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Lil Wayne is back with the equally confounding Dedication 4, a messy rehashing of this year's respective rap bangers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The band's first release since 2003, "The Chair in the Doorway," is too scattered -- and occasionally silly -- to make a serious re-impression.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Although the cleaner melodies and pop polish seem to mute the rapper's stream-of-consciousness salvos, he still shines on "Drop the World," featuring Eminem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    At times, Here Lies Love wobbles as a concept album, and listeners unfamiliar with Marcos' story may not initially understand the lyrical conceits. But it contains enough solid material to justify repeated listens.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Although a love for hydro is Cypress Hill's claim to fame, it's the more substantial tracks on "Rise Up" that smoke the competition.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Throughout Can't Be Tamed Cyrus seems checked out of her vocal performances, singing with neither the tween-queen enthusiasm of her Hannah Montana material nor the confrontational energy of 2008's Breakout.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Willowy Los Angeles art-rock group Warpaint summons a remarkably heady atmosphere on its debut album, The Fool, which follows a buzzed-about EP released last year on Los Angeles-based indie Manimal Vinyl.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    The fresh material isn't likely to expand your idea of who Bret Michaels is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    Simply put, Weezer needs to exorcise the metal demons and find a balance that works.