Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 733 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 95 Blunderbuss
Lowest review score: 40 Jackie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 733
733 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The guitar legend still plays with the energy of a teenager-albeit a highly talented one-just starting out. And when he gets his dander up on such tracks as "Too Soon" and "Let the Door Knob Hit Ya," Guy can still diss like a street gangsta
    • 65 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    For something drawn from so many obvious sources, Amoral is refreshingly original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Nestling welcomed experimentation among familiar tunes, Beam is hedging his bets with Kiss Each Other Clean.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Jollett and company do it one more time, most definitely with feeling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It's a worthwhile reinvention, but a little more noise wouldn't have hurt, either.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Ambition nods to Ross' cartoon grandiosity in "Miami Nights," where Wale details his collection of luxury goods over a jubilant horn riff. Characteristically, though, the album heads in plenty of other directions as well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    We come to "A Wasteland Companion" with certain expectations. Happily, Ward meets them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Overall, Believe sinks its tendrils into the listener's brain by riding the dance music phenomenon and offering some whizz-bang production alongside Bieber's sticky-sweet singing voice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It's not high art, and it won't land them on any year-end best-of lists, but it will sell a load of copies, and it's just the thing for your next lousy day.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    El Pintor succeeds in besting 2010’s Interpol, whose reception was so deflating, it could have killed the band’s career. But against even 2007’s ho-hum Capitol Records excursion Our Love to Admire (let alone Turn On the Bright Lights or even Antics), El Pintor fails to do much more than tread water.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The British vocalist was pegged as a Beyoncé-style pop/ R&B diva during an abortive mid-decade Los Angeles stint. But escaping that environment allowed her to develop the genre-straddling, retro-modern mélange of Travelling Like the Light, which was released overseas last July.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It took the Black Crowes seven years to release last year's "Warpaint," but now that the Robinson brothers are back in the studio album business, they're making up for lost time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    For this warm set of 11 country-time covers (including a track from his 1986 album, "Eye of the Zombie"), Fogerty turns to his speed-dial list of superstars.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Even though Crash Love isn't terribly progressive in scope and the band's '80s idolatry might one day run its course, the set is another highlight in a discography that's as consistent as it is expansive.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    With Closer to the Bone Kristofferson digs deep into his long and troubled past to bring listeners one of his most beautiful moments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    While "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" certainly captures the Saturday afternoon matinee spirit of his 1998 solo debut, it's also a different kind of creature.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It may take listeners a while to wrap their heads (and ears) around Scratch My Back, but it will undoubtedly polarize an audience that has long awaited something new from Gabriel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Omarion describes his third solo album, Ollusion, as proof that he's all grown up. But the set comes off more like a bid for street cred than maturation....But when Omarion reaches for the high notes and sticks to nuance on the aching ballad "Speedin'" and the teasing "Sweet Hangover," he shines like a seasoned star.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Although Raekwon, Bun B and Birdman all turn in solid guest spots, Freeway remains in control and drops his most memorable lines since his 2003 debut, "Philadelphia Freeway."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The 11-song set draws from some of the Big Apple's more established rock outfits, but still keeps the DIY feel of the Whigs' previous albums.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Aside from arrangement updates and catchy synth touches, the Bird & the Bee play it straight as George fetchingly channels Hall's vocal groove.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Balancing these cheery influences with the melancholy prose is the name of the game. The lively accordion and clanky piano on the song "Shadow People" recall Bob Dylan's 1974 country-folk single "Forever Young," but the cheerfulness seems to contradict Dr. Dog guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken's strained lyric: "It's the right time for the wrong company."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Slash shoots a little too wide for its own good, but the album showcases him as the guitar hero we've always known and as the songwriter we probably haven't appreciated enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The set is full of the Deftones' usual energy and showcases singer Chino Moreno's knack for alternating between screams and sweet vocal delivery over heavy, complex guitar work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Kurupt's distinct slurred-barking cadence lends itself well to the anthems on "Streetlights," an impressive albeit uneven release.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The group's poppy guitars and thick, layered vocal harmonies occasionally improve upon some selections of the vastly diverse material.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Strange Weather, Isn't It? is not life-altering fare, but the album's 40 minutes of club-approved funk-rock signals another noteworthy entry in the band's discography.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Olson is still processing some pain, but there are plenty of bright moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Consider Eric Clapton's 19th solo album a largely successful bid to be all things to all people, including himself.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    As a series of off-the-cuff side projects have shown, though, Jones' musical interests are more varied than they might appear, a fact that's demonstrated neatly on ". . . Featuring," which collects more than a dozen of her collaborations with a wide range of other acts, including Willie Nelson, Belle & Sebastian, OutKast and Foo Fighters.