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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    This Is... Icona Pop, like Carly Rae Jepsen's "Kiss," may someday be viewed as a full-length that included one pop masterpiece, but that underscores the delectability of the treats Icona Pop has sprinkled around that triumph.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    She may be changing direction, but that swagger is still intact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It allows listeners to refamilairize themselves with the Weeknd's aesthetic, which was striking and singular to begin with.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ariana Grande's debut LP is a surprisingly varied affair for a 20-year-old Nickelodeon star with a devastatingly strong voice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    What follows is Doris, a slow (rarely rising above 70 bpm), introspective album where Earl Sweatshirt combats pressures when returning to a life of stardom after time spent at a Samoa-based boarding school for troubled youths. 

    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White brought in more instruments, added deeper textures and, in general, upped the intensity of the songwriting for their second effort.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album finds the 36-year old singer trying to take advantage of his newfound spotlight by striving to become the full-fledged pop star he's never quite been.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    What's left, then, is a collection of 11 shinily produced pop songs that find Gomez trying on a series of different personalities with her slight-yet-capable vocals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bareilles' new album was the result of unrest, but as its title suggests, she has positively embraced her dissatisfaction and subsequently grown as an artist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The journey of its latest change has been bumpy, but by blending its storied past with the musical present, Queensrÿche's members prove the band as a whole is indeed greater than any one person.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Those looking for vintage soul sounds or even full-on raps from start to finish will be thrown several curves here. It’s an album with numerous emotional layers as well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The brothers have tapped into the amorphous joy at the heart of dance music, and have peppered Settle's masterfully executed tracks with that feeling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It's arguably the most potent lineup since Josh Homme put QOTSA together in 1996, and it's embellished on the band's sixth studio album by guests.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Some of the music occasionally leans toward being overwrought, but mostly Love Lust Faith + Dreams--along with its Leto-directed visuals--invests itself fully and artfully in its own vision.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Just like with the Troubadour release, the songs here touch a few nerves and hit a few more emotional spots than just merely the ups and downs of a male-female relationship.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The National had reached a level of comfort very few indie rock acts achieve. That feeling of comfort permeates every part of their new album, Trouble Will Find Me.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have made an analog album that's less of a "throwback" and more of a salute to the idols that would now do anything to hop on the duo's full-length.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The singer has a strong grip on her skills as a performer, but is still chiseling away at the formula that works best for her as an artist, and is unwittingly putting that self-discovery on display here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend's most cohesive and musically accomplished album to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Golden contains several songs that sound custom-made for rolling the window down and turning the volume up.... However, any Lady A disc has to contain at least a couple of heartbreaking ballads, and they don't disappoint here.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Reincarnated stands as an enjoyable pop record laced with an assortment of roots and dancehall reggae references.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s a more consistent album than his debut--for better and for worse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    ["Entertainment,"] like almost all of the LP, there's heavy pop appeal for those with an ear for glistening production.
    • Billboard.com
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Save Rock and Roll contains some head-scratching collaborations, including link-ups with Big Sean and Courtney Love, but even those that fall relatively flat are still positive indicators that Fall Out Boy are back to having fun, stretching their legs and taking risks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In the rural wasteland of southwestern Texas, producers Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio fame) and Nick Launay brought life to an album that's challenging and conceptual, yet also playful and raunchy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Don't let ["Accidental Racist"] dissuade you. Paisley still knows how to have a good time and standout singles "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer" continue to showcase this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album, which is loaded with plenty of dramatic lyrics and arrangements, closes with a truly luscious ballad which leaves the listener wanting more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new album finds vocalist Dave Gahan and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore refining some familiar sounds and trying out some new wrinkles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If fans felt like they got to know the real Blake on the hit NBC show, they'll get another close look with this batch of songs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    There are an awful lot of ideas swimming through Comedown's 11 tracks--some familiar, others (like Casablancas' new fascination with falsetto) not so familiar.