Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 645 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 5.5 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 645
645 music reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Manipulating her voice as much as she does her sound, MonĂ¡e widens the cast of characters and pushes along the self-explorative narrative. The ArchAndroid could be the stuff of stage or screen, 3-D without the annoying glasses.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Known for her past collaborations with English electronica band Zero 7 and more recently with Christina Aguilera, Australian artist Sia Furler shines bright on her own on her newest release.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Buoyed by a favorable divorce settlement, a baby boy and a newly released high-energy dance album, Flesh Tone, the recently single Kelis is ready to bring the boys back to the yard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's rare when every member of a band can claim both vocal and instrumental contributions to an album, and even more rare when each contributor is exceptionally talented.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Beach Boys mastermind's dip into the world of George & Ira Gershwin is a love's labor that makes plenty of sense and opens up at least a few of the tunes to illuminating interpretations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The 14-track set's distinguishing characteristic is a soul flavor of the Muscle Shoals variety, a smooth fit given the role of frontman Patterson Hood's father, David Hood, in that community as well as DBT's own work with Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Peaches and Lenny Kaye are along for the ride, helping Collapse Into Now stand tall in R.E.M.'s richly diverse canon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's not the challenging listening experience that such recent albums as "Orchestrion" (2010) and "The Way Up" (2005) provided, but "What's It All About" is Metheny at his most genteel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's one of Mayer's most diverse and exploratory albums yet, trying on a variety of different styles to accompany a set of particularly reflective and soul-searching tunes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This album is one that begs to be lived with for a long period of time, its quiet details given ample room to germinate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Crystal Castles aren't as cold as they appear to be, but they are calculating--(III) is an expertly produced album that, at just nearly 40 minutes, leaves fans wanting more.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a string of hit singles under her belt, Perry has aspired to create a multi-faceted full-length and has consummately succeeded.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    [Morello's] contributions feel inventive, versatile and natural, like an extension of the direction Springsteen was already moving in.... Aniello's production work definitely enhances and does not distract from or obscure the tracks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Auerbach offers a more sedate take on the "Born to Die" template, lightening the orchestrations, ditching the hip-hop beats, and presenting Lana as a perpetually scorned pop-noir fugitive--part Neko Case, part Katy Perry. It's a delicious contrast that makes for a surprisingly great album.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Far
    With her third Sire album, the deliciously attractive Far, Spektor again shows how original she is, finding the gleam in modern life with its contradictions and confusion in a uniquely colloquial manner.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Country singer Reba McEntire doesn't miss a beat on Keep On Loving You, her debut album for Valory Music.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Arctic Monkeys have captivated the post-Britpop scene since their 2006 debut, but Humbug finds the group justifying the hype by shifting its best qualities into different, equally dazzling shapes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A manifesto for the synthesis of dance and hip-hop, French DJ David Guetta's new album One Love turns out top 40-friendly songs while remaining true to dance club culture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    11:11 is another winning showcase of exotic instrumental brilliance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Resistance, shows growth from the band's previous releases and proves that it's primed for a global musical takeover.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Us
    What gives Brother Ali's slice-of-life ruminations their impressive heft is the rapper's eye for everyday detail and the handmade appeal of his vintage-funk arrangements.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The act should be credited for not hewing to the tried-and-true formula it pretty much invented with previous releases but many of the double-disc's 18 tracks feel like they are embryonic rather than fully formed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A mixture of optimism and realism is present throughout Everybody, and Michaelson's insights occasionally sting with honesty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Strict Joy maintains the relatability and sincerity that made the soundtrack to "Once" so compellin
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas steps out with his debut solo album, Phrazes for the Young, and dynamically weaves '80s techno-pop with psychedelic punk, while also reinventing his usual monochromatic croon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Judging by the delivery of those poignant lines, it's hardly a stretch to imagine Bieber racking up more hits in the next decade to come.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While many artists sound anything but comfortable breaking these kinds of musical barriers, Cullum proves once again that he sounds most like himself when the walls come tumbling down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend's second album, Contra, finds the New York-based band pushing its eclectic, intellectual indie rock further using a mash-up of musical genres, clever wordplay and emotional heft.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the electronic-free approach on the closer of the trilogy results in the Magnetic Fields' most organic effort to date--and it doesn't stray too far from Merritt's pop-leaning background, making it the most successful of its synth-free siblings.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Hynes continues to explore the scope of his musicianship, producing a collection songs that refuse to stand still.