Billboard.com's Scores

  • Music
For 825 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Complete Matrix Tapes [Box Set]
Lowest review score: 40 Jackie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 825
825 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The new set casts a spell with Stuart Price's signature preternatural touches, Minogue's breathy chirp and the hooky melodies of a varied crew of dance pop-focused songwriters and producers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Until its sequels are released, Green Day's latest should be regarded as a disposable but thoroughly enjoyable return to the band's long-deserted roots. The Cali punks are back, and it's nice to see them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The opening track, "Don't Let Me Fall," showcases the rapper's smoothed-voice singing talent and vulnerability ("They say what goes up must come down/But don't let me fall") over a booming guitar, while "Magic" (featuring Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo) takes a more pop-driven direction.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The set is an enveloping mix of melody, mood and texture that speaks to Robertson's triple-threat virtues as a performer, composer and producer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Country singer Reba McEntire doesn't miss a beat on Keep On Loving You, her debut album for Valory Music.
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Lil Wayne's latest album, I Am Not a Human Being, is not as experimental as the rapper's previous rock-tinged "Rebirth" set that arrived earlier this year, and most fans will likely appreciate this.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Years removed from their teen-pop prominence, Backstreet Boys continue to produce pleasurable hooks and hummable vocal harmonies on This Is Us.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Keys delivers a musically understated but richly passionate set of soul paeans to being in love, out of love, lovelorn and pining for her man to return.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Like the singles "Spotlight" and "Wasted," the songs on the album that jump out most aren't the ones with creepy rhythms, but those with Gucci Mane's witty lyrical delivery.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On its latest release, A Thousand Suns, the six-piece rock act truly breaks the habit of everything we've heard from it before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jackson's music mixed celebration and terror, as if he was unable to find, or maintain, the division between the two. His music offered a place to both explore and escape those tensions. On this album, it does again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Her debut album, Just Like You, has no shortage of commanding pop-rock tunes, but Iraheta really shines when her spirited voice breaks through the precise production.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    747
    Lady A has always demonstrated the potential to deliver a little something more. On 747, we finally get a glimpse of it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The more expansive arrangements suit McMahon's hyper-expressive singing, especially on a handful of cuts ("My Racing Thoughts," "Platform Fire") with keyboards by veteran session player Patrick Warren. But occasionally they make McMahon's songwriting feel less distinct than it has in the past.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The set is a nice welcome back and a new beginning for the singer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Southern Voices is done well overall, but listeners may want to keep close a copy of McGraw's upbeat hit 'I Like It, I Love It' to lighten the mood.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A mixture of optimism and realism is present throughout Everybody, and Michaelson's insights occasionally sting with honesty.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Trespassing continues the work of the underrated "For Your Entertainment" and allows the singer to keep unveiling his character in broad, colorful strokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A tendency to let the songs run too long notwithstanding, this 100 Miles is a path Crow was certainly wise to tread.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    While the inclusion of faint funk ("Sole Brother") and hints of country twang ("Retard Canard") expands Born Ruffians' repertoire, the track "Blood, the Sun & Water" brings the most energy to the set.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Plenty has been said about how well They Might Be Giants' playful, absurdist rock translates to kids' music-and the band's fourth offspring-focused effort is no exception.
    • 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
    • 82 Critic Score
    A manifesto for the synthesis of dance and hip-hop, French DJ David Guetta's new album One Love turns out top 40-friendly songs while remaining true to dance club culture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although Darker My Love implements a laid-back style on Alive As You Are, the group still engages the listener and delivers a solid set.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One that makes us hope the Queen takes a stab at even bolder covers in the future.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Merriweather delivers just fine in his own right, with a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences from early Elton John ("For Your Money") to vintage Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Impossible").
    • 66 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Given Healy's winsome vocals and his good-guy image, the grab at gravitas doesn't always connect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Beach Boys mastermind's dip into the world of George & Ira Gershwin is a love's labor that makes plenty of sense and opens up at least a few of the tunes to illuminating interpretations.