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
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lady Gaga promised her fans (perhaps a tad prematurely) that her new album would be the greatest of the decade. But even if the next nine years bring something better, we're unlikely to hear anything bigger than Born This Way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Overall, another solid effort from one of country's finest.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Trespassing continues the work of the underrated "For Your Entertainment" and allows the singer to keep unveiling his character in broad, colorful strokes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Truth About Love is a peerlessly witty, endlessly melodic tour de force.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Red
    Red is her most interesting full-length to date, but it probably won't be when all is said and done in her career.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Unapologetic is Rihanna's most confident, emotionally resonant work since 2009's "Rated R.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Her fifth and arguably most consistent album to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ariana Grande's debut LP is a surprisingly varied affair for a 20-year-old Nickelodeon star with a devastatingly strong voice.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    V
    Levine's hummingbird vocals and passionate delivery are as earnest as they were on their 2002 debut Songs About Jane.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The set is a nice welcome back and a new beginning for the singer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Don't mistake the softness for weakness. While nothing is as biting as the aging hipster takedown 'Femme Fatale' (from his 2006 set "At Home With Owen"), he pulls out the knives and slices pseudo-intellectuals on 'A Trenchant Critique.'
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Grizzly Bear contributes a typically gorgeous psych-folk incantation called "Slow Life" (with guest vocals from Beach House's Victoria Legrand), and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon duets with St. Vincent on "Roslyn," which could warm even a vampire's heart.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    And as on "Idol," that aesthetic is most appealingly expressed here in the material that seems the least suited for it-i.e., mushy heartland rock ballads.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Throughout this quick follow-up to last year's "Something Else," Thicke reveals a side of his personality that's flashier and funnier than the Oprah-appropriate image that was cultivated with previous hits. Musically, too, he flexes an eclectic streak last heard on his underappreciated 2003 debut.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Crows" opts for a mostly stripped-down acoustic sound that provides the perfect setting for Moorer's marvelous, R&B-inflected voice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    OST
    The surprise on the set is how well the new music holds up against the vintage material.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Other guests include Linda Ronstadt ("A la Orilla de un Palmar"), Van Dyke Parks and Los Tigres del Norte (who both appear on "CanciĆ³n Mixteca"). The result is as thrilling as it is enlightening.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Go
    Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros may be on an indefinite hiatus, but the group's enigmatic singer Jon Thor Birgisson, better-known as Jonsi, is filling the void with his first solo album, "Go."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Her 10th studio album, "The Age of Miracles" (and second on Rounder following a run with Columbia that yielded five Grammy Awards), adds a familiar yet essential new chapter to her rich catalog.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Everything but the Girl fans might miss the duo's dancey leanings, but Thorn proves that her voice is enough to transcend genre preferences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While its recent recordings have reflected a more subdued approach in the studio, band members Norman Blake, Gerard Love and Raymond McGinley never lose their knack for composing concise pop gems.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Through it all, Finn's durable songcraft never fails to enthrall.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With the dust having settled around Zakk Wylde's unexpected departure from Ozzy Osbourne's band, better attention can be paid to Order of the Black, the new album from Wylde's Black Label Society.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Comprising eight new songs plus There Goes My Baby, the new set alternately bumps and throbs as a reinvigorated Usher further paves his comeback path.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At 71, Staples still knows how to hang tough and shows no signs of slowing down.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On the new collection Williams is sharp-tongued, wide-eyed and warm-hearted as she blends domestic bliss with her usual propensity toward the dark and mournful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An album that required a painstaking process to complete but sounds infinitely effortless in its pop arrangements and flicked-off soul ruminations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Babel" reveals a band happy to remain entirely Mumford - although a larger, smoother Mumford, offering fresh nuances and textures while emboldened by the promise of the initial mission.