Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 714 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 4.9 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 714
714 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On the new collection Williams is sharp-tongued, wide-eyed and warm-hearted as she blends domestic bliss with her usual propensity toward the dark and mournful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An album that required a painstaking process to complete but sounds infinitely effortless in its pop arrangements and flicked-off soul ruminations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Babel" reveals a band happy to remain entirely Mumford - although a larger, smoother Mumford, offering fresh nuances and textures while emboldened by the promise of the initial mission.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Push and Shove is a celebration of No Doubt's love for all things 80s pop and the Southern California ska scene.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Don't let ["Accidental Racist"] dissuade you. Paisley still knows how to have a good time and standout singles "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer" continue to showcase this.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Midnight Memories, the third full-length from the "X Factor"-formed quintet, follows up on what worked best on last year's "Take Me Home," and tosses in some proficient new ideas to keep listeners eager for the band's continued evolution.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The album is loaded with luscious orchestration, motivational mantras and playful sex metaphors. Its taught 10 tracks bring to mind the record Justin Timberlake could have made last year, if he had dared to leave anything on the cutting room floor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In many ways, Coldplay's sharp left turn is also its most listenable album in years, an evocative concoction of sullen phrases, sparse arrangements and powerful themes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Smith bares more than his vocal cords on this record. Every story of unrequited love that's been put to song is powerful in its own right.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A tight, spirited follow-up to 2010’s bluesier, less essential Mojo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Patty Loveless has an innate soulfulness that can't be taught, bought or won on a reality show. That's one of the reasons-along with sterling musicianship and inspired song selection-why her new album, Mountain Soul II, is a must-have for fans of Loveless and roots music alike.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The album is signature Kelly: fantasy-filled romps, club jams and heartfelt ballads brought to life by the singer's ear for catchy beats and melodies and mood-setting lyrics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    On her debut album, The Family Jewels, Diamandis backs up her bark with a promising bite.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The 16-year-old's follow-up to last November's "My World" shrewdly elevates him from a fleeting teen phenom into an evolving pop artist.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ali and Toumani is spontaneous and deeply spiritual, depicting two outstanding musicians who are governed by nothing but their love for their nation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    LCD Soundsystem principal James Murphy is at his cynical best on the act's third album, This Is Happening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Scissor Sisters' third nightlife-themed album, Night Work, is a return to the glittery, flamboyant pop of the group's 2004 self-titled debut
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's not news that these guys rock, but on their first new album in eight years the Heartbreakers have their Mojo working like they never have before-which is a fine thing indeed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This is Stereolab for the age of the short attention span; but if it's a swan song, it's just as representative of the band's body of work as anything in its 20-year catalog.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This Atlanta-based R&B crooner has utilized the extraordinary sweetness of his voice to get away with plenty of lines that would sound irredeemably sleazy coming from other singers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, is a slap-upside-the-head reminder, a collection of heartfelt confessionals, evocative insights and provocative position statements.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    An album that could've easily come from other Mississippi River stops where horns and funk pump through the bloodstreams-Chicago, Memphis or St. Louis.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The extent of K.R.I.T.'s achievement on his proper debut can be lost in the consistency of his output, but it is a stirring triumph nonetheless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s a more consistent album than his debut--for better and for worse.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In the rural wasteland of southwestern Texas, producers Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio fame) and Nick Launay brought life to an album that's challenging and conceptual, yet also playful and raunchy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It allows listeners to refamilairize themselves with the Weeknd's aesthetic, which was striking and singular to begin with.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Coherently channeling R&B, techno, disco and rock music as a pop artist while discussing sex, drugs, lust, God, fame and creativity, Lady Gaga has offered fans her most sonically and lyrically diverse album to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's 'party of one' music to overthink with and lines to quote when angry at a significant other--the soundtrack for hard times.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Produced by Matt Serletic, the album is a sonic delight, refreshingly different from what often dominates country radio airwaves. But the 13-song collection is still accessible enough to whet programmers' appetites.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Produced by renowned adult contemporary producer Tommy LiPuma, American Classic-Nelson's finest album since 1998's "Teatro"-contains 12 timeless melodies that bridge the gap between Nelson's love for Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.