Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 705 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 85% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 13% 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 705
705 music reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spanning the years 1968-75, this exquisitely designed four-disc boxed set gathers a treasure trove of rare gems.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The SMiLE Sessions captures Wilson, session musicians and the Beach Boys in moments that are chaotic, loopy and remarkably in synch. It's a consistently brilliant album.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Needless to say, West has proved once again that he is most on point in the face of adversity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This Reading appearance-released for the first time on the CD/DVD package "Live at Reading"-captured the trio's skill at turning simple power chords into some of the most memorable rock anthems of the '90s.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Perhaps that's a story for another set, however, and newcomers and fans alike will find this one remarkably satisfying
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    No matter what Ocean's mood is on the album, the songs sound fantastic.... it's one of the best albums of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Bowie is back, and thanks to better technology, these special editions of "Raw Power" sound right on the money. But the story here is the extras.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Manipulating her voice as much as she does her sound, Monáe widens the cast of characters and pushes along the self-explorative narrative. The ArchAndroid could be the stuff of stage or screen, 3-D without the annoying glasses.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Big Boi delivers an inventive, high-spirited set full of synth-funk signifiers, talk-box flair and snares.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The result is an album that was absolutely worth the seven-year wait, not to mention the mountain of hype atop which Apple has sat since her big comeback at SXSW in March.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sale el Sol manages to bridge the divide between the old and new Shakira with a spark that keeps you listening to the very end.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The casual nature of the sessions-Dylan coughs during "Blowin' in the Wind" and stops "Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues" to correct a lyric, for instance-only enriches the experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    What marks "No Devolucion" as an improvement over 2006's "A City by the Light Divided" and 2009's "Common Existence" is that frontman Geoff Rickly and his bandmates have finally written a batch of songs worthy of those complicated arrangements.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The diversity and focus has paid off, as Cadillactica is K.R.I.T.'s best and most cohesive work to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's a funnier, stranger and more touchingly bizarre album released this year, it will be a very good year indeed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's an album that seemingly could have come out in 1996 just as easily as today. Even the song titles feel familiar: "Only Tomorrow," "Is This and Yes," "Nothing Is." Having said that, it's lovely.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As strong as this album is, it’s hard to pick out a standout track.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's big, bold and still stands out next to anything coming from Nashville.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the sound is looser with strummed acoustic guitar, sax, autoharp and brushed drums, it contrasts sharply with Harvey's thematic adherence to war, guns, bloodshed and bleak landscapes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    On the follow-up to her 2009 breakthrough album, "Bird-Brains," Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards) again creates a clamorous assemblage of warm, overdriven kitchen-sink instrumentation, field hollering, layered stacks of processed vocals and a sonic smorgasbord culled from the world cafe-only more so.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    How I Got Over finds the Roots acting as elder statesmen in hip-hop, but its mix of nifty experiments and straightforward rap eliminates any sense of predictability.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Having defined its gauzy sound on previous albums, Halcyon Digest Deerhunter finds the group expanding it with knockout results.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Cosmogramma may evade complete comprehension, but Flying Lotus' foreign and colorful arrangements entice even the most casual listener.
    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Akinmusire has chosen to challenge listeners, exploring free territory where Smith squeaks and squawks his way into the wilderness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    So Beautiful or So What is vintage Simon, but it's also all over the map stylistically, touching on blues, African, folk, Indian and more. The music is unmistakably his, but finds the artist challenging himself melodically and with his phrasing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bleach is freshened up with remastered versions of unusually heavy songs like the haunting "Negative Creep," where Cobain howls about alienation and being stoned, and the pounding "Floyd the Barber," where the main subject of the eerie track is a man being strapped down and tortured by characters from "The Andy Griffith Show.