Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 638 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 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 95 Blunderbuss
Lowest review score: 47 Shock Value II
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 638
638 music reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Displaying impressive vocal polish from outspoken frontman Scott Weiland; blazing guitar solos over tight, crunch-laden instrumentation; and grungy takes on Lennon/McCartney melodicism, STP asserts its place among seminal hard-rock chameleons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The result is a 12-song collection of washed-out summer tunes perfect for beach outings and late-night house parties.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The uplifting set includes takes on lost gospel and blues numbers as well as reworkings of Bob Dylan's "Shot of Love," John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama" (featuring guitarist Doyle Bramhall II) and Prince's "Walk Don't Walk."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Stronger, Sara Evans' first studio album in six years, is proof that some things are worth waiting for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sun
    "Sun" isn't as cuddly as "The Greatest," but it finds Marshall continuing to evolve as an artist in intriguing and unexpected ways.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's an album that seemingly could have come out in 1996 just as easily as today. Even the song titles feel familiar: "Only Tomorrow," "Is This and Yes," "Nothing Is." Having said that, it's lovely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the year's most anticipated pop releases is also one of the genre's weirdest--and most fully realized--efforts in ages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend's most cohesive and musically accomplished album to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Those looking for vintage soul sounds or even full-on raps from start to finish will be thrown several curves here. It’s an album with numerous emotional layers as well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Get ready for a set of convincing, honest music, on which the Colombian star often unabashedly professes her love for boyfriend Gerard Pique.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Reflective but never bitter, I'm New Here contains the musings of a poet wizened by hard luck.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Cosmogramma may evade complete comprehension, but Flying Lotus' foreign and colorful arrangements entice even the most casual listener.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Sea of Cowards is even wilder, with grungier guitars ("I'm Mad," "No Horse"), greasier synths ("The Difference Between Us," "Gasoline") and funkier neo-John Bonham beats from White himself ("Jawbreaker," "Old Mary").
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Entirely produced by the Black Keys (except for the Danger Mouse-helmed song "Tighten Up"), the pair's latest album, Brothers, lures with its spooky throwback sound, preternatural grooves and dark bluesy jams.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    His Bob Dylan-esque voice combined with the hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the classical guitar throughout Admiral Fell Promises is hypnotic, trapping listeners in a melancholy spell of wonder.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There's a musical and rhythmic uniformity among these 13 tracks that might lose ears beyond the album's brisk 29 minutes, but it reflects a consistent summer ambivalence to which most anyone can relate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Bluesier and less electronic than its predecessor, "Blood Pressures" is by far the Kills' most accomplished and diverse set yet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A playful effort that comes from an ease with pop hooks and power-pop chords, a knowledge of how to employ a steady beat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Just like with the Troubadour release, the songs here touch a few nerves and hit a few more emotional spots than just merely the ups and downs of a male-female relationship.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Clocking in at an hour and twenty-five minutes, Reflektor drags in parts, though it contains plenty of moments (most often in its uptempo, dynamic first half) that sound ready to breathe life into the middling state of commercial rock in 2013.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Food is just as tangy as the concoctions Kelis whips up every week on the Cooking Channel, in spite of the stylistic departure from her R&B albums like "Kaleidoscope" and "Tasty" as well as 2010's dance-focused "Flesh Tone."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Girls are poised to take their rightful place as one of the blog-crossover bands of 2009.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tempering heavier blues-alternative influences with a softer folk-rock feel, Broken Side of Time leaves an unmistakable mark.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In grappling with the sudden death of her husband in 2008, the U.K. singer/songwriter has crafted a remarkable set that includes influences from rock and jazz, rich instrumentation and lyrics that linger well beyond the first listen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In addition to Rubin's typically austere moods, the set features an all-star core of musicians (including members of the Avett Brothers) and Cash's tasteful renditions of the title track, Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," Sheryl Crow's "Redemption Day," Tom Paxton's "Where I'm Bound" and Bob Nolan's "Cool Water."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    High Violet synthesizes the best parts of the National's past into a fantastic present
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Bowie is back, and thanks to better technology, these special editions of "Raw Power" sound right on the money. But the story here is the extras.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Plant has steadfastly resisted a return to the Zep fold; Band of Joy makes us glad for that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Overall, another solid effort from one of country's finest.