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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Seven-inch obsessives probably could have seen the debut's tangy intensity coming, but for rock fans unaware of Reatard's history, Watch Me Fall is a welcome surprise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Benson spent the early part of the decade building a repertoire of scruffy but sophisticated pop songs, but he fulfills his potential on this sparkling new set.
    • 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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    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The new album is a testament to Henry's singular sonic vision and a masterful mix of history and mystery by an industry veteran who sounds like he's just getting started.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Like a true woman, Ledisi keeps growing as she takes the good with the bad.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Ursa Major isn't Third Eye Blind's crowning jewel, but it's a welcome return to form after such a lengthy hiatus
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    With a voice that seems to work with many genres, James' set is reminiscent of hits from late-'90s pop acts, but with a more mature, sexually charged attitude and influence from country and hip-hop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you don't finish this part record a hot mess, then you probably didn't have a good time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The lack of woe-is-me melancholy on Mindy Smith's fourth release, Stupid Love, is what makes the heartrending album so intriguing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The pair's cryptic lyrics can get lost in the shuffle at times, but Bechtolt and Evans offer enough interesting musical ideas to keep the listener engaged.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Produced by Matt Serletic, the album is a sonic delight, refreshingly different from what often dominates country radio airwaves. But the 13-song collection is still accessible enough to whet programmers' appetites.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    I Love You is guiltless fun, just like any proper quickie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Delightfully restrained production gives plenty of breathing room for a full, resonant rhythm section, where similar dance rock might give more bandwidth to a hotter, shriller high end.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    London rock act Bombay Bicycle Club hasn't been playing together long, but the foursome boasts an impressive sound on debut album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose (released last July in the United Kingdom).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The band's current six-member lineup, together five years and responsible for 2007's stunning "Sky Blue Sky," is its strongest to date--and Wilco (The Album) is as well-rounded an effort as the group has released.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Far
    With her third Sire album, the deliciously attractive Far, Spektor again shows how original she is, finding the gleam in modern life with its contradictions and confusion in a uniquely colloquial manner.