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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the year's most anticipated pop releases is also one of the genre's weirdest--and most fully realized--efforts in ages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bowie and producer Tony Visconti, who helped shaped his sound in the 1970s as well as produce seven T. Rex records, have struck gold in creating a work that is modern and well-connected to the artist's fabled sonic-past.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's an album that seemingly could have come out in 1996 just as easily as today. Even the song titles feel familiar: "Only Tomorrow," "Is This and Yes," "Nothing Is." Having said that, it's lovely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Even those who felt lukewarm to Tegan and Sara's past few efforts should fully embrace their dazzling pop rebirth on Heartthrob, one of the best LPs of this young year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Long.Live.A$AP may not change the game like "good kid, m.A.A.d city," but A$AP Rocky's absorbing debut is more physical in its pleasure--as in, you'll be knocking your head to some of these songs for months.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    His highly anticipated sophomore album succeeds in mixing its safer stylistic choices with its relatively bold ideas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Warrior is a pure pop album with rock influences, despite Ke$ha's attempts to make it the inverse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Her fifth and arguably most consistent album to date.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rebel Soul brings [that devil (without a cause, of course)-may-care 'tude] back into the mix without sacrificing the lessons Rock learned from working with Rubin and his cadre of top-shelf session hands--only this time he applied them to the live, lived-in feel of his Twisted Brown Trucker band.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Unapologetic is Rihanna's most confident, emotionally resonant work since 2009's "Rated R.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Phillips sounds natural enough within that [Dave Matthews Band] style, more acolyte than imitator, which makes the album one of the more engaging champion debuts in the show's inconsistent history.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    18 Months has a certain set of goals in its sights, and Harris (alongside an all-star roster of vocalists and co-producers) resoundingly achieves these goals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Crystal Castles aren't as cold as they appear to be, but they are calculating--(III) is an expertly produced album that, at just nearly 40 minutes, leaves fans wanting more.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Lotus largely benefits from all the bombast--Aguilera hasn't sounded so fun and energized in years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with so many producers lending a hand, there isn't a dud to be found on the record's thirteen tracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Moore spends much of his debut album, Up All Night, outlining the pleasures to be had from hot women and cold beverages.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Red
    Red is her most interesting full-length to date, but it probably won't be when all is said and done in her career.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Muse fans will have a hard time being disappointed by "The 2nd Law," and rookies have a new perfect place to jump in.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Until its sequels are released, Green Day's latest should be regarded as a disposable but thoroughly enjoyable return to the band's long-deserted roots. The Cali punks are back, and it's nice to see them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Babel" reveals a band happy to remain entirely Mumford - although a larger, smoother Mumford, offering fresh nuances and textures while emboldened by the promise of the initial mission.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Push and Shove is a celebration of No Doubt's love for all things 80s pop and the Southern California ska scene.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The result is an album that comes on a bit strong, but has the pop pedigree to avoid any major missteps.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Truth About Love is a peerlessly witty, endlessly melodic tour de force.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its new studio album, Tornado, seems designed to demonstrate that stardom hasn't separated the band from the backwoods roots it famously celebrated in the song "Boondocks."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Restrained, moody and subtle. It has its big footprint moments, of course, and there's an audible ambition that gives the album a crackling if slow-burning energy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This album is one that begs to be lived with for a long period of time, its quiet details given ample room to germinate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sun
    "Sun" isn't as cuddly as "The Greatest," but it finds Marshall continuing to evolve as an artist in intriguing and unexpected ways.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An album that required a painstaking process to complete but sounds infinitely effortless in its pop arrangements and flicked-off soul ruminations.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    No matter what Ocean's mood is on the album, the songs sound fantastic.... it's one of the best albums of the year.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Living Things" is simply a minor effort in an impressive discography, and one that should translate well to Linkin Park's live show.