Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 723 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 84% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 14% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 95 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 47 Shock Value II
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 723
723 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It still warms the blood to hear those trip-hop synths roll on the slow-burning "Flat of the Blade" (with some acid loops thrown in for good measure), but Massive Attack's arsenal has expanded and the resulting onslaught is nothing short of brilliant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The release is Sade's first new material in 10 years, but the act hasn't lost a beat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    As on Volume One, Ward's performance and production excel, and his song arrangements move effortlessly between heart-rending and cheery.While Ward's musicianship remains the magic behind She & Him, Deschanel's lyrical growth on Volume Two proves she can hold her own alongside a well-respected partner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Dylan's newest album, Women and Country, explores fuller arrangements that better complement his simple but significant lyrics.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Caribou's newest set, "Swim," which contains more electronic elements than its pop-traced predecessor, is a major step forward for Snaith.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's not so much that Merle Haggard has established himself as an American gem on his ambitious releases in the past decade; it's that we finally took notice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The artist's familiar smoky vocals and the consistently rich production draw the listener in on his latest release, "Get Off on the Pain."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    With lyrical themes of global economic distress and romantic bliss, British pop-punk band the Futureheads bring a more refined sound to its fourth album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The group spit-shines its soundtrack for working-class America.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The set may not feel as catchy as Ra Ra Riot's well-received debut, but fans should appreciate the band's musical growth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Clearly, Kem isn't self-conscious about his love of love--and we love him for it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    With his latest album, Mixed Race, Tricky picks up where 2008's Knowle West Boy (named after his rough birthplace) left off, exploring his diverse background, sonic heritage and frequently unforgiving surroundings with sounds as much as words.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    On Kings of Leon's latest album, Come Around Sundown, the family Followill makes a strong bid to please longtime fans as well as the recently converted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The artists' masks are designed precisely to keep us guessing about what's going on in their heads, but who knew it was this?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A minor release for Curren$y still bests most major hip-hop releases, and this Pilot Talk sequel relishes in the rapper's expanding set of skills.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Deerhoof vs. Evil is more tentative than the group's best work, but its consistently dazzling musicianship carries the band as it explores different themes on a new label.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    After uniting with Kings of Leon/Modest Mouse vet Jacquire King, the band has emerged with a set that's more inviting than its first but just as catchy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the sound is looser with strummed acoustic guitar, sax, autoharp and brushed drums, it contrasts sharply with Harvey's thematic adherence to war, guns, bloodshed and bleak landscapes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The music is at its best when it emulates an animated conversation, one voice leap-frogging the other with no one losing sight of the central theme.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The set is an enveloping mix of melody, mood and texture that speaks to Robertson's triple-threat virtues as a performer, composer and producer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Only in closer Grown Ocean, with crashing cymbals and trilling woodwinds, do you get a sense that Fleet Foxes are actively trying to impress you. Even then, though, you're impressed all the same.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The tilting scales of light and dark give the collection a definite creep factor and a clever complexity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Lotus largely benefits from all the bombast--Aguilera hasn't sounded so fun and energized in years.