Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 750 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 4.6 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 750
750 music reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Even those too young-or not yet born-for the Vaselines' heyday can appreciate the earnest fun of Sex With an X.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Having defined its gauzy sound on previous albums, Halcyon Digest Deerhunter finds the group expanding it with knockout results.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Recorded with polish and pluck at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, the 11 tracks on their self-titled debut set sound like they could've been captured at any of the family picnics or church services where the Secret Sisters honed their harmonies singing Doc Watson, Everly Brothers and spirituals.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Given her current partnership with the crossover kings at Big Machine, one hopes that an album of pop covers might loom in McEntire's near future. (How great would she be on "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars?) Until then, we'll have to make do with "All the Women I Am," which offers another welcome helping of her well-established sound.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Recorded in the garage of frontman Dave Grohl's home in Encino, Calif., the 11-song set is an explosive, high-octane burst of rock energy from a 16-year-old band that is tightly honed and righteously raw.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Once again, TVOTR channels something unique and forward-thinking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Past Death Cab albums have found frontman Ben Gibbard penning youthful lyrics about the wariness and mystery of love, but now, the singer -- who recently married actress/musician Zooey Deschanel -- seems to finally be at peace with his strange, wonderful self.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Battles still sound determined here to inject their precision-geared prog-pop with the kind of humor and adventure one rarely encounters among bands that possess chops like these.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    4
    The album is quieter and torchier than its predecessors, with the singer delivering uniformly stellar vocal performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    This is guilt-free bass bliss for a post-genre age.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Warrior is a pure pop album with rock influences, despite Ke$ha's attempts to make it the inverse.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The National had reached a level of comfort very few indie rock acts achieve. That feeling of comfort permeates every part of their new album, Trouble Will Find Me.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    How did they do? Very well, to be honest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    X
    x finds a hungry artist doing everything possible to elevate to another level, simply by abiding by his instincts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Overall, 5 Seconds of Summer is a delightful debut from a group that cannot be easily pigeonholed, and is worth paying attention to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As a result, My Everything is a less cohesive project than Yours Truly, although its best moments eclipse the highs of Grande's 2013 debut.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For an album with crowded electro-pop instrumentation, the music isn't overbearing, and Little Boots' cheeky lyrics never lose any of their dry attitude.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rapper's delivery is confident in a poetic and artful way, channeled through a theatrical set of songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Streisand gives her trademark romantic-ballad treatment to 13 well-known standards.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Martsch has hinted that There Is No Enemy could be the band's final album. If that's the case, the set's multifaceted melodies and experimentation would be an inspired sendoff.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The set features several strongly tropical numbers, like the gentle 'Cancao de Amor' and a fine cover of her father's original bossa nova classic 'Bim Bom.'
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not groundbreaking, Evolution of a Man shows McKnight still has a way with the ladies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, the artist seems to finally feel comfortable in her own skin. It's a wide-ranging album-she's in love, out of love, light-hearted and playful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While listeners can't help but be reminded of his fall from grace, Brown also shows us on Graffiti that he's still a formidable talent.-
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout Stronger With Each Tear, Blige solidly reinforces why she endures as a fan favorite.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leaps and bounds over the act's earlier material, "Teen Dream" allows Legrand and Scally to truly come into their own while leaving the listener aching for more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the folds of intricate sound on Odd Blood float Yeasayer members Anand Wilder's and Chris Keating's expressive vocal harmonies, giving this seemingly disparate, indefinable music a clear identity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new set-Lady A's follow-up to its self-titled debut in 2008-showcases the group's ability to combine its own contemporary country sound and folk-rock flair with a familiar formula, making it a refreshing addition to the ever-expanding country genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most obvious distinction from past releases is the richly textured soundscape of unusual tones that Metheny harmonizes with on with his guitar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not every track on Another Round may be a winner, but Jaheim remains a welcome oasis in a desert of Auto-Tuned voices-and a beacon for the next generation of soul.