Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 822 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 4.2 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 Sirens
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 822
822 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exhilarating, life-affirming blast of no-bullshit rock'n'roll, Street Songs of Love features Escovedo reteaming with famed David Bowie/T. Rex producer Tony Visconti, who also manned the boards for his arresting 2008 album, "Real Animal."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For sure, Sabbath, Zeppelin and more obscure bands of the era like Wishbone Ash loom large over the proceedings, but Arbouretum breathes new life into a long-dormant genre with its melodic flair, the freshness of its approach and the tastefulness of its playing-and to call a band whose average song length is six to seven minutes "tasteful" is no faint praise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jennifer Hudson has never sounded better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mary Mary never forgets to weave in an empowering, uplifting message that lingers long after the last note has sounded.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 13-track set, produced by Jay Joyce, assures us that she's more than OK, with a still-luminous voice that can make the phone book sound like Puccini.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The nine tracks Ronson produced on Arabia Mountain (Deerhunter's Lockett Pundt helmed two; Black Lips produced five) show he's equally adept at plundering the garage, psych and punk treasure troves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's similar to Pitbull's newest album, Planet Pit, which blends everything but the kitchen sink in a frenetic jumble that's facile yet unadulterated fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Hot + Rio 2 takes some time to absorb, but it's sure to tide you over until the next Red Hot compilation is released.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than anything, Wrecking Ball is a record with heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its best, a truly next-level soul album. One that has the warm, organic feel of R&B and deep pop hooks, but also the pulsating low-end and shimmering keyboard flourishes of EDM.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album, which is loaded with plenty of dramatic lyrics and arrangements, closes with a truly luscious ballad which leaves the listener wanting more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Golden contains several songs that sound custom-made for rolling the window down and turning the volume up.... However, any Lady A disc has to contain at least a couple of heartbreaking ballads, and they don't disappoint here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once the initial novelty and shock wears off of Beyoncé's impressive stealth-release feat, the brilliance and creative audacity of the album itself can sink in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I Never Learn is a brave album--it could very well alienate more fans than it brings in. But Li's songwriting is exquisite in its vulnerability; she has never sounded more sure of her aesthetic than she does in her most miserable moment. Like Beyonce's self-titled LP last year, this is a "grown-woman" album, but one focused on the sobering end of youth rather than the blissful beginnings of adulthood.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are no immediate anthems like whokill's "Bizness" or "Gangsta." But these 13 tracks hum and bounce with contagious enthusiasm, posing a challenge worth rising to.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jackson's music mixed celebration and terror, as if he was unable to find, or maintain, the division between the two. His music offered a place to both explore and escape those tensions. On this album, it does again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sprawling, ambitious and mostly well-executed, While (1<2) may confuse his fan base’s Ultra-attending electro house contingent, but deadmau5’s double album undoubtedly marks his most mature and forward-thinking release to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The diversity and focus has paid off, as Cadillactica is K.R.I.T.'s best and most cohesive work to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps more than any other young hitmaker, Charli has a sound that is distinctively her own, despite the murderers' row of producer-songwriters onboard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her lyrics feel like they're whispered directly into the ear; her guitar playing (the only accompaniment aside from the occasional flute) is even more meticulous. But the true leap is in the set's many quietly arresting moments.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To Pimp a Butterfly defies easy listening, but it's deeply rewarding.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jamie xx is among other U.K. electronic-dance acts, such as Disclosure and Four Tet, that are tapping the genre's past to forge its future. But no one has nailed it quite like this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an even better album than her last, with more consistency and variety.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Documentary 2, succeeds by reminding you what made the original so memorable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her willingness to own every step and misstep, and to show her audience how the rough times helped her become the woman she is, makes Confident a surprisingly compelling listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can question its originality, but the music hits hard.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Art Angels is a marvel of meticulous, even obsessive home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators.