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 3.5 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hamilton’s stage production should be required viewing for every American citizen, but this exhilarating listen is a much more practical, and every bit as enjoyable, stand-in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s evocative and vivid, recalling early Red House Painters, or even The Blue Nile.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Documentary 2, succeeds by reminding you what made the original so memorable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deerhunter isn’t repeating itself: This creatively restless group doesn’t stand still for long.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her willingness to own every step and misstep, and to show her audience how the rough times helped her become the woman she is, makes Confident a surprisingly compelling listen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    His 18th studio LP, 35 mph Town, bypasses the cliches and tones down his sometimes overbearing bravado.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unbreakable is the mature album, free of commercial ambition, her all-too-breakable brother never made.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Reference points include Liars and The Fall, but Girl Band is very much its own beast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    He can sound awkward navigating Swift’s vernacular of haters and mad love, but when he plays up his strengths--the fingerpicking and strings on “Blank Space,” or changing the “Style” lyric “James Dean daydream” to “Daydream Nation,” a nod to Sonic Youth--the universality of great songwriting shines through.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Under the cover of midnight, Del Rey has been exploring big ideas about eroticism, drugs, myth, the empty promise of YOLO, what it means to be a woman, and the American soul.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On major-label debut GO:OD AM, his third and best studio album, Miller grapples frankly with fame, addiction, recovery and the struggle to be a decent person over taut, melancholy production that channels both bleary inebriation and hard-fought optimism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In this age of frivolity, Duran Duran is straight-up thriving.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is digital and danceable but with emotional depth--much of it thanks to Mayberry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On Souls, Maiden mostly hits its target.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Stuff Like That There shows that Yo La Tengo is, remarkably, still effectively the same band it was a quarter-century ago: graceful, centered and eager to play its latest finds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The younger act strikes a posture of ­winsome self-assurance across these 11 tracks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The box's liner notes are a bit scant, but it's full of treats even for aficionados.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amid synth-y disco ­dalliances ("Alive Tonight") and soul-funk workouts ("Your Girl"), she leaves room for snarling riffs on "Look What We've Become" and acoustic boom on "Empty Heart," reminiscent of Sheryl Crow's "Leaving Las Vegas."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music is spacious, paranoid and sultry; the lyrics are ­suggestive and knotted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even in English, even without bachata, Royce hasn't lost what makes him ­special: his ability to emote, to deliver lyrics as though he believes them vehemently and make the listener do the same.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its numerous flaws, Compton is still one of the most engaging listening experiences of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Legend, like Gunplay’s professed diet, is a potent mix of uppers, downers and hallucinogens; it makes for a weird, and weirdly satisfying, trip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On Yung Rich Nation, the band of brothers shows it’s reliable enough to deliver hits, but ambitious enough to rise to a challenge.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The achingly good Something More Than Free, captures the mix of excitement and fear that comes when the sun rises on a new day.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    DS2
    Produced by a handful of trusted Atlanta trap producers, DS2 is gothic, narcotic and full of overcast skies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monroe sings these songs, many of which she co-wrote, with exquisite, bruised sensitivity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At this point, the Brothers are effectively ­historians, and the album's most thrilling moments are often references to their own past or inspirations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Behind the dance bump, Communion is confessional synth-pop with a heart full of heavy feelings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dreams Worth More Than Money is surprisingly focused, presenting an uncomfortably lucid, non-pensive character study detailing the underside of the American Dream.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    She's confident for a new artist, but this promising debut backs up her big words.