Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 767 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 83% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 15% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 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 Water for Your Soul
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 767
767 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is an album that doesn't quite reach the heights of Vessel, but nevertheless serves as evidence that one of pop's most daring duos isn't about to slow down--even if that means running into a few walls.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Willowy Los Angeles art-rock group Warpaint summons a remarkably heady atmosphere on its debut album, The Fool, which follows a buzzed-about EP released last year on Los Angeles-based indie Manimal Vinyl.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A handful of tracks strewn with cheesy metaphors shows the impersonality that mars Cuomo's post-Pinkerton songwriting, despite some redeeming musical qualities that reaffirm Weezer as a purveyor of feedback and fuzz (particularly "Cleopatra," a great rock single if you ignore the lyrics).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    About half of them work, though which half might depend on your love or tolerance for the players involved.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The music is more subdued than My Chemical Romance's, but Way's still not as understated as the influencers he's channeling. His storied themes of love and pain pop up throughout Hesitant Alien like embarrassing Facebook statuses. It's a largely smooth transition out of the dark and into the bright world of pop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    On its eighth full-length release, Glasgow, Scotland, indie pop group Belle & Sebastian ditch their sad-vibes-hidden-by-happy-melodies schtick in favor of legitimately upbeat songs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It all sounds amazing on the first couple of listens, but the wheat (songs like the title track and “Did You Know?”) separates quickly from the chaff. Regardless, The Scene Between opens up a whole new lane for an artist that would have been easy to write off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An album that works better as a musical koan than it does a hip new collection of indie folk.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is certainly more adventurous than anything from her peers, if a little forced.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The lyrical focus, along with raw production and eclectic instrumentation (including mandolin, strings and autoharp), give the 10-song set a heat that's honest and personal, but not quite the riveting bearing of souls that Heart is known for.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, "Year" lacks the grandiose thematic concepts of previous outings as well as an immediate single, like past songs "A Favor House Atlantic" or "The Suffering."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The overall sound might be slighter and less sprawling, but it's also more sharply focused.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fiasco turns Food & Liquor II into one long tirade -- everything sucks and no one's going to fix it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a quick listen, clocking in at less than 45 minutes, and the 10 tracks are laid-back--perhaps too much.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Clearly, Lambert has talent, but on Heart she's merely scratching the surface.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The band's first release since 2003, "The Chair in the Doorway," is too scattered -- and occasionally silly -- to make a serious re-impression.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Run
    Run is more of a technical accomplishment than an artistic one. Bruno the pop star is not nearly as appealing as Bruno the juggler.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bundy's obvious affection for feisty predecessors like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton adds an appealing jolt to the music's already clever hooks and personal narrative. But what Bundy still needs to develop are the durable melodies and lyrical nuance that turned those artists' compositions into classics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The album is a sprawling, experimental work defined more by ambient synth hum and field-recording rustle than by melodic hooks or danceable grooves.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Everything Is 4, some songs give him newfound definition, but then others distract from it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    Interpol is undoubtedly a solid effort, but solid shouldn't be satisfying for a band that has proved to possess the talent of indie rock's elite class.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Given Healy's winsome vocals and his good-guy image, the grab at gravitas doesn't always connect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    None of these tracks can match the best cuts on the act's first two albums for sheer catchiness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    At times, Here Lies Love wobbles as a concept album, and listeners unfamiliar with Marcos' story may not initially understand the lyrical conceits. But it contains enough solid material to justify repeated listens.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Cheek to Cheek, Gaga justifies his [Tony Bennett's] faith--sometimes a bit too forcibly. Whereas Bennett is a master of restraint--a guy whose best performances play like melodic chat sessions--Gaga thrives on spectacle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Dahlia's debut, My Garden, she transcends the sum of her seemingly disparate influences, proving herself to be a relatively distinct artist, even if her risks don't always pay off.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Turner is a worthy heir to such barrel-chested baritones as Don Williams, Randy Travis and Trace Adkins, his fourth album, "Haywire," is a study in inconsistent use of his vocal gift.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The bum-outs outnumber the bangers by a decisive ratio on Ludaversal, but that speaks to the rapper's comfort in straddling dissimilar topics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Muse is one of the world's biggest rock bands, but for all its missionary zeal, Drones preaches to the converted.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's true that Eclipse unveils itself less coyly than previous Twin Shadow albums, and sounds more brashly contemporary. But it hazards turning generic in the process.