Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 683 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 85% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 12% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.1 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 683
683 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The long-awaited Blueprint 3 doesn't disappoint. In fact, the album may just be the blueprint for hip-hop music to come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rihanna may have been a good girl gone bad on her 2007 album, but on her new one, she's a good girl gone bad-ass.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Taking a page from the George Strait playbook, country music newcomer Easton Corbin displays excellent song sense while offering an easygoing vocal style on his finely crafted self-titled debut album.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Two years and an overabundance of hype later, producer Ethan Kath and singer Alice Glass return with another self-titled set that corrects all of their debut's miscues and remains eye-popping from beginning to end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Kaputt continues Bejar's winning streak and is an early contender for indie-rock album of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In an already impressive, multi-platinum career, Blown Away is a landmark achievement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Even those who felt lukewarm to Tegan and Sara's past few efforts should fully embrace their dazzling pop rebirth on Heartthrob, one of the best LPs of this young year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The brothers have tapped into the amorphous joy at the heart of dance music, and have peppered Settle's masterfully executed tracks with that feeling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On The Boy Who Knew Too Much, this Beirut-born singer comes back strong with another set of over-the-top anthems that proves no one's more entitled to inherit Freddie Mercury's glam-god crown.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This Reading appearance-released for the first time on the CD/DVD package "Live at Reading"-captured the trio's skill at turning simple power chords into some of the most memorable rock anthems of the '90s.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Perhaps that's a story for another set, however, and newcomers and fans alike will find this one remarkably satisfying