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
    • 80 Critic Score
    With 1989, she expertly sets up the next chapter of what is now even more likely to be a very long career.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The uptempo songs are entertaining, but it's the ballad performances that set this disc apart.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One that makes us hope the Queen takes a stab at even bolder covers in the future.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it does have a couple of moments, much of the album sounds like he is just, filling out paperwork.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt, the singer's sixth studio album is a mixture of the party songs he has become known for--but also shows a little bit more of an emotional and sensual side than listeners might be accustomed to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a lustful listen that often centers on either coming together or breaking apart.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Art Official Age isn't just the stronger of the two--it's among his most imaginative albums since the '90s.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lady Gaga promised her fans (perhaps a tad prematurely) that her new album would be the greatest of the decade. But even if the next nine years bring something better, we're unlikely to hear anything bigger than Born This Way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Texas native reclaims her spot as one of country's most expressive and distinctive vocalists.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hudson links with a long tradition of powerful female vocalists making highly danceable music. And the spare templates she uses here, which are heavy on rhythm and relatively empty otherwise, give her plenty of space to flex her powerful voice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On the disc, co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore, the singer stretches a little more than usual--and takes a few musical chances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    X
    Once gratuitous fillers are skipped, gems appear, especially on the closing half, where Brown is lucid about his tabloid love life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Songs of Innocence is a colossal-sounding record from rock's ultimate stadium wreckers, and a quick listen reveals why no other marketing strategy would have worked.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's 'party of one' music to overthink with and lines to quote when angry at a significant other--the soundtrack for hard times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Along with some quiet surprises, there are also potential hits, including the first single/title track, where Lovato almost sounds like Kelly Clarkson's kid sister.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    El Pintor succeeds in besting 2010’s Interpol, whose reception was so deflating, it could have killed the band’s career. But against even 2007’s ho-hum Capitol Records excursion Our Love to Admire (let alone Turn On the Bright Lights or even Antics), El Pintor fails to do much more than tread water.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    V
    Levine's hummingbird vocals and passionate delivery are as earnest as they were on their 2002 debut Songs About Jane.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As a result, My Everything is a less cohesive project than Yours Truly, although its best moments eclipse the highs of Grande's 2013 debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A tight, spirited follow-up to 2010’s bluesier, less essential Mojo.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    A welcome, long-awaited return after a troubled hiatus, but it hums along comfortably without striking any innovative poses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Overall, 5 Seconds of Summer is a delightful debut from a group that cannot be easily pigeonholed, and is worth paying attention to.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The Weird One delivers the reprocessed goods, though it's his original tunes — done in the idiosyncratic styles of his favorite artists--that truly warrant repeat listening.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What he's got, now, is an invigorating change-up record that shines in an already impressive discography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It’s essential listening not so much for its quality--uneven, if generally high--but for the strange place it occupies in Morrissey’s discography. Not since 1991’s “Kill Uncle” has he given us anything quite so puzzling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    After the devil-may-care disco of "Blurred Lines," Thicke's career peak, Paula's introspection seems half-baked. It is Thicke's personal love letter for Patton--and comes off as relevant mostly just to the two of them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    X
    x finds a hungry artist doing everything possible to elevate to another level, simply by abiding by his instincts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It's not high art, and it won't land them on any year-end best-of lists, but it will sell a load of copies, and it's just the thing for your next lousy day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sprawling, ambitious and mostly well-executed, While (1<2) may confuse his fan base’s Ultra-attending electro house contingent, but deadmau5’s double album undoubtedly marks his most mature and forward-thinking release to date.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Smith bares more than his vocal cords on this record. Every story of unrequited love that's been put to song is powerful in its own right.