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
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Finally, a deluxe version of their 1971 masterpiece Sticky Fingers that includes a bounty of concurrent outtakes and live material, along with a companion DVD/CD release of a live-for-TV performance.... [Sticky Fingers itself] is indisputably one of the greatest albums of 1970s, if not the entire the rock era. The end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] promising, unapologetically dense debut.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Taylor is at his best when he brings his fuddy-duddy charm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's nothing on Wildheart to make one lose faith in Miguel's promise as a major creative and popular force of the decade, but neither is there enough to feel like he has satisfied his warring sides. Instead, it's a case of his sense of space still sharpening, and the hope for his full emergence, repping for a generation that won't accept outdated double binds, yet to come.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deja-Vu is at its best when it sounds like a victory lap, not a labored attempt to keep up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an even better album than her last, with more consistency and variety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an ode to nuptial bliss, the album is both ­convincing and surprisingly coquettish.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lantern is a beautifully restrained--by HudMo standards, that is--concept album that mirrors a full day, yawning awake with palate-clearing drones and ending ecstatically in the wee hours of a club utopia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The band hasn't lost its sense of wonder--it's just seeing the world through a more realistic lens.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jamie xx is among other U.K. electronic-dance acts, such as Disclosure and Four Tet, that are tapping the genre's past to forge its future. But no one has nailed it quite like this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much of the album is frenetic--full of bodies and larger-than-life. But the muted and downcast moments end up being memorable, tender and affecting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Peace Is the Mission soars on the strength of sticky melodies sung by a unique combo of pop divas and West Indian vocalists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all of the sonic pleasures, much of At.Long.Last.ASAP’s narrative is hard to swallow with a thinking mind--which makes it hip-hop at its finest, and its worst.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 19-track album drags a bit in its latter half, but Boosie smartly saves its emotional climax for the devastating closer, "I'm Sorry," on which he ­apologizes one by one to everyone he neglected during his prison bid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No matter the mood and tempo, though, the Florence & The Machine heard on How Big How Blue How Beautiful is a newly self-aware one. It shows a different kind of mastery by allowing for a different kind of vulnerability, an especially delicate balancing act for a young woman in pop music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an intense, focused exploration of all, or nearly all, the relationships the singer is involved in, both romantic and familial.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Evolution will silence all but the omnivores, and Shamir has the right taste buds. But he also has a great voice, a stunning countertenor that some have mistaken for female.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album likely won't convince anyone who's already written off Best Coast, but it's a new high for a band many thought had peaked years ago.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only does Wilder Mind reintroduce the band members as rock gods worthy of the title, it does so ­without changing what fans cherished most about them in the first place: their songwriting, their sentiment, their gusto.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Globetrotting frontman Damon Albarn then returned to Hong Kong to write lyrics, hoping to recapture the spirit. He has largely succeeded, as The Magic Whip is a fascinating snapshot of a group coming to personal and professional crossroads in a strange city where modern living leads to bewilderment and alienation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album is a good-faith effort to match or even outstrip the band's onstage eclecticism, and the musical personality shifts help relieve the group's tendency to blandness, providing cover for Brown's dutifully generic, if personable voice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Half [of] this EP is a weak gesture in the direction of current radio trends.... But on the other half of this EP, Dream shows an impressive new dimension to his romantic games.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Barter 6 does not have a comparable entry point. Instead, this album offers cohesion and unity, though maybe at the expense of the exciting, what-will-happen next feel of past mixtapes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Sound & Color does best is hard to describe any other way: The music chugs, boogies, churns and rolls. Among rock music of its kind, it's one of the most ­muscular collections in some time, yet it accomplishes this by hardly even flexing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Album About Nothing is his most personal piece of work to date, and also his best. That hair-trigger sensitivity can be off-putting, but it's also what makes him good at what he does.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the rare major-label debut that trusts the artist’s aesthetic enough to not tamper with it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A hazy, seductive blend of trap and techno, it feels like the soundtrack to a strip club in Paris' grittiest arrondissement.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To Pimp a Butterfly defies easy listening, but it's deeply rewarding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are times you hope for a little more dumb fun--enter Diplo, who turns up on five tracks with his air horn and Caribbean beats and would be welcome on more--and there's at least one moody ballad too many. But then an aqueous bassline bubbles up and a surge of trance-y pulses sweeps you along to Madonnaland, where introspection and abandon engage in erotic acts of self-actualization.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [2012 album, Shrines] was a fun record, like listening to Madonna at half speed with your face in a strobe light. Follow-up Another Eternity does little to expand this aesthetic, but for those who enjoy hearing top 40 pop sounds refracted through a funhouse mirror, that's probably not bad news.