Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 645 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 11% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 77
Highest review score: 95 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 47 Shock Value II
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 645
645 music reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The easier-but not exactly wiser-route for Brown would've been to take jabs at those who turned their backs on him, but his tactic here seems to give listeners a solid album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Akinmusire has chosen to challenge listeners, exploring free territory where Smith squeaks and squawks his way into the wilderness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mostly, though, the surprisingly warm-blooded Audio, Video, Disco reveals Justice to be human after all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clearly you can take McBride--who co-wrote six of these tracks--anywhere and she'll sound just fine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band fares better in a handful of frothier cuts.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rage gives American Capitalist a fierce potency.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can hear the result of all those showbiz connections in the radio-ready economy of high-sheen hook bombs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They never supersede the originals, but hardly suffer in comparison.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frontman Randy Blythe still growls his guts out while his bandmates hammer away at economy-sized grooves that suggest an extreme-sports version of Southern rock.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An old-fashioned countrypolitan album-and a really good one at that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picture Show should end up as one the year's most tuneful rock releases.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its new studio album, Tornado, seems designed to demonstrate that stardom hasn't separated the band from the backwoods roots it famously celebrated in the song "Boondocks."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with so many producers lending a hand, there isn't a dud to be found on the record's thirteen tracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rebel Soul brings [that devil (without a cause, of course)-may-care 'tude] back into the mix without sacrificing the lessons Rock learned from working with Rubin and his cadre of top-shelf session hands--only this time he applied them to the live, lived-in feel of his Twisted Brown Trucker band.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have made an analog album that's less of a "throwback" and more of a salute to the idols that would now do anything to hop on the duo's full-length.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The journey of its latest change has been bumpy, but by blending its storied past with the musical present, Queensr├┐che's members prove the band as a whole is indeed greater than any one person.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He makes up for the lack of addictive anthems and playfulness with his impressionable stream of sentiments--our kryptonite, his superpower.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Black Keys' eighth long player isn't loaded with obvious hits, and that's more than okay--because this is a brave, varied and engaging collection of songs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs of Innocence is a colossal-sounding record from rock's ultimate stadium wreckers, and a quick listen reveals why no other marketing strategy would have worked.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    London rock act Bombay Bicycle Club hasn't been playing together long, but the foursome boasts an impressive sound on debut album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose (released last July in the United Kingdom).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Benson spent the early part of the decade building a repertoire of scruffy but sophisticated pop songs, but he fulfills his potential on this sparkling new set.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The lack of woe-is-me melancholy on Mindy Smith's fourth release, Stupid Love, is what makes the heartrending album so intriguing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Even with the hiatus, the effort is remarkable for its maverick spirit and pop unorthodoxy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Although the set's complex instumentation finds BLK JKS occasionally losing their footing, their confidence in their craft largely covers up any glaring errors.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Goodnight Unknown is layered with subtle distortion and commanding percussion, combined with Barlow's confident, sometimes contemplative vocals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    While the album's softer instrumentation and thematic preoccupation with romance may initially frustrate some diehard rap fans, its silky hooks begin to sink in with repeated listens.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Crazy Love is another step in Buble's creation of his own kind of songbook, and there's nothing necessarily crazy about that
    • 52 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The New Jersey group gets back to the business of rocking on its 11th studio album, The Circle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    While the artist has raised some eyebrows by asking, "Who says I can't get stoned?" (on the album's first single, 'Who Says'), the rest of the collection certainly has the goods to eclipse that overblown controversy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    "The Courage of Others" doesn't offer anything as immediately captivating as "Van Occupanther" gems like "Roscoe" and "Young Bride," but the new songs slowly take shape and are unafraid to choose interesting detours.