Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 751 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 84% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition]
Lowest review score: 40 Jackie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 751
751 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Some of the music occasionally leans toward being overwrought, but mostly Love Lust Faith + Dreams--along with its Leto-directed visuals--invests itself fully and artfully in its own vision.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    For the most part, Lavigne's fifth full-length encapsulates everything worth loving about the 29-year-old's long-running artistry.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While Lamar dazzles with precise storytelling, Q conjures attention with brusque physicality. Both MCs are aiming for different marks, and although Q's style is too unkempt to produce an album full of clean shots, his misses on Oxymoron are often just as compelling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What he's got, now, is an invigorating change-up record that shines in an already impressive discography.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
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    Once gratuitous fillers are skipped, gems appear, especially on the closing half, where Brown is lucid about his tabloid love life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    On Music for Men, the band's devotion to being itself has finally found it a place in the mainstream.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The pair's cryptic lyrics can get lost in the shuffle at times, but Bechtolt and Evans offer enough interesting musical ideas to keep the listener engaged.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The whole album has a pleasurable mix of lean, mean rock'n'roll and pensive ballads that reflect both the state of the world and the band's place in it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Although the new set may lack the wide-eyed naivete that made the group's past efforts so endearing, the newfound maturity makes for a compelling set of songs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Cash not only infuses love into her delivery on the collection but also proves herself a supreme song stylist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Percussion is nowhere to be found on the group's latest release, Declaration of Dependence, and the pair's Simon & Garfunkel-esque harmonies are less dynamic than they once were. But there are still plenty of bright spots.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Merriweather delivers just fine in his own right, with a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences from early Elton John ("For Your Money") to vintage Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Impossible").
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Newsom's wispy singing style may still be too inaccessible for some, but hardcore fans will savor the growing vocal confidence during the two-hour-plus running time. In an era of quick musical fixes, Have One on Me is a spacious artistic statement too original to pass up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The oddball trio's new set is edgy and experimental, containing lurid imagery and bold use of dissonance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A collection of unconnected-though certainly related-songs that traverse all sorts of Southern terrain and situations. The group's songwriting trio (mainly Patterson Hood) offers the usual array of potent guitar riffs, stomping hard rock and vivid lyricism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Her fifth studio release, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, finds the singer delivering no-holds-barred lyrics about lovemaking, love longing and, at times, love lost.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Some fans may miss Wainwright's more complicated orchestral numbers, but a single piano is all that's needed to show off his immense vocal talent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Helmed by producer T Bone Burnett, this is front-porch, rural and rustic country music. Nelson is perfect in this setting, however, as he brings his weathered but expressive pipes to percussion-less arrangements of such gems as Ernest Tubb's "Seaman's Blues," Merle Travis' miner's lament "Dark As a Dungeon" and the smooth stride of Bob Wills' "Gotta Walk Alone."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Robison and Maguire prove capable of crafting galloping, catchy choruses for such songs as "The Coast," "Ain't No Son," "It Didn't Make a Sound" and "I Miss You."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Frontman Ben Bridwell's airy vocals and cozy lyrics have stayed consistent, but the impressive production work by the band and Phil Ek places the gorgeous melodies front and center without sacrificing Band of Horses' rustic power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    On her fifth album, Body Talk Pt. 1, Swedish electro-pop singer Robyn proves she's ready for the dancefloor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    LP4
    While expanding on what it's done well, the group doesn't cease to be adventurous on LP4.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Original Santana percussionist Michael Carabello and Checkmates singer Sonny Charles (now a member of the Steve Miller Band) fortify the performances, while longtime Miller fans will also soak in some of the last recordings by the late harmonica ace Norton Buffalo.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Big Boi delivers an inventive, high-spirited set full of synth-funk signifiers, talk-box flair and snares.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    While's new band Punch Brothers is building a case for bigger fame with the release of its second album, Antifogmatic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The EP concept behind All About Tonight may seem small, but like its predecessor, it delivers big.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Sara Bareilles returns with more bouncy and intricate piano melodies on her sophomore album