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 3.6 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
    • 60 Critic Score
    Much of It's About Time is dense, cooking Southern rock. It can be frivolous (the bleacher-stomp shout-alongs "Club U.S.A." and "The Party's On") but has no problem nailing a groove.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unexpected collaborations with stateside cool kids like Perfume Genius on the aching “Jonathan” and talented Philly rapper Tunji Ige on the plush “No Harm Is Done” should charm any skeptics who might worry Letissier got lost in translation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At times, their subgenre-flipping can be ungainly--the cheerleading chant "Impossible" is awkwardly glued together, and Hervey's dissonant harmonies sometimes obscure her hooks. More often, though, the cracks in their songwriting and sonics come off as welcome decoration, and their why-the-hell-not bravado is hugely refreshing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On Khalifa, he's characteristically mellow and melodic, mixing rhymes that are part equal parts braggadocio and motivational slogans in an almost singular pursuit of highs and riches. By design, none of the songs stand out, save for the Travis Scott featuring "Bake Sale," which wins mostly by sounding like an aired-out version of Scott's own hit "Antidote."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Accented by piano, glassy guitars, occasional strings and vocal harmonies inspired by ’90s R&B, the project’s highlights--“Deadwater,” “Weak” and “You’re the Best”--aren’t all that dissimilar from its lesser tracks: lovely, yet forgettable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Majid Jordan’s best quality is its intimate feel, sounding like each song is the extension of a conversation and is to be heard by a specific set of ears.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Neither a departure nor a return to Segall’s usual fuzzy form, Emotional Mugger asks a lot from the listener, and it doesn’t always ask nicely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On new album Moth, the follow-up to 2012’s Something, Polachek and Wimberly seem to relish their good luck, layering hooks and beats with a kooky exuberance that was missing last time out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    EVOL doesn’t break any rules or set many new ones, but as the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of wonders Future and his team wield in their creation of druggy, downcast afterparty dispatches, it is a joy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Debut LP We Are King finally gives the act room to stretch its crushed-velvet sound to its outer edges. The three voices often swirl into one, with lockstep harmonies that make challenging, constantly shifting melodies go down easy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Their ­second album sharpens their ­instrumental attack, while singer Jehnny Beth exposes her bloody heart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    St. Lucia's splendid synth-pop allure has instant pop catchiness, but Grobler's willingness to wear his lyrics' romantic motivations like a badge of honor gives Matter a thrilling extra jolt.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It sounds good on paper, but the album unfolds as an undifferentiated wash of music, without the big toothsome melodies that have lifted John's music for decades.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its muted mood and tempo may be initially disappointing for an artist who's been at the forefront of pop and, often, innovated it.... A closer listen, though, shows Rihanna harnessing the moody, intimate sounds for a novel purpose: to open up and let us peer into how complicated her adult life has become.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite a few highlights, This Is Acting is scattered and forgettable next to the emotional 1000 Forms of Fear.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blue Neighbourhood features soft-touch synths and booming drum machines worthy of the next Lorde or Taylor Swift record.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blackstar is its own strange, perverse thing, the ­latest move in a boundlessly ­unpredictable career.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where “Sleep” excels as a quality addition to his catalog’s stellar collection of panty-dropping and baby-making songs (see: “Take You Down,” “No BS”), others fall and lean towards prosaic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On DBD, he delivers music that can’t be clumped with contemporary hip-hop.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Speedin' is an uncomfortably internal album that's a pleasurable listen. It's not as gleefully nihilistic as Future, but comes across just as revelatory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When It's Dark Out marks a vast leap forward: His cadences are more agile, his boasts more boastful, his guest list tighter (Too Short, E-40, Kehlani).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More than any previous Coldplay release, A Head Full of Dreams sounds like a pop record; the band has never been catchier.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all the grief and regret it contains, it's a triumphant debut, encapsulating the grit of life, ­turning it into a hell of a journey.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The set includes virtually every imaginable permutation of the album--a remastered stereo version and a radio-only mono mix that boosts the bass and makes for an overall punchier sound--and two-dozen-odd outtakes, demos, single mixes and “remastered early versions” that are fascinating but have been available for years. Where it gets really interesting is the two concerts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes this collection essential is the cohesion of the band and the setlists: The shows find the Velvets at their absolute peak as a live unit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    And yet: that voice. On 25, the material is occasionally inspired, sometimes dull, but always serviceable--and with Adele, that’s enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As first impressions go, Know-It-All is a charismatic balance between dreams and reality that makes its author stick out in the most impressive way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heart may be a measured apology, but Green still has a defiant streak.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its countless co-writers and producers, chief among them Bieber’s bestie Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, the album boasts a consistent palette of lush, low-key electro-dance sounds: sun-warped synths, chipmunk accent vocals, rattling trap hi-hats, and loads of bass.... It’s in this Spotify-age blend of dance, hip-hop, R&B and classic smooth-dude vocalizing that Bieber truly shows his growth.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ork was a ­scoundrel and eventually a jailbird, but no one chronicled the undercard at CBGB ­better.