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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Drawing from a skillful fusion of R&B/hip-hop/pop, Usher addresses the trappings of fame on the uptempo "Monstar," shifts into sexy overdrive on "Lil Freak" (featuring Nicki Minaj) and "Pro Lover," pumps up the beat on the infectious club anthem "OMG" (featuring Will.i.am) and turns introspective on the ballad "Foolin' Around."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Her fifth studio release, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, finds the singer delivering no-holds-barred lyrics about lovemaking, love longing and, at times, love lost.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    [The album was] rush-released by Def Jam on a low budget. It's a fact that's somewhat hard to hide behind the set's lean production and uneven narrative. But there's cohesion among most of the 13 tracks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    As on Volume One, Ward's performance and production excel, and his song arrangements move effortlessly between heart-rending and cheery.While Ward's musicianship remains the magic behind She & Him, Deschanel's lyrical growth on Volume Two proves she can hold her own alongside a well-respected partner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Every song comes and goes in less than three-and-a-half minutes (and most in a lot less) as the band makes up in ramshackle charm what it lacks in glossy production.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Lovely moments abound, but the overall effect is less intoxicating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The 16-year-old's follow-up to last November's "My World" shrewdly elevates him from a fleeting teen phenom into an evolving pop artist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Splicing sounds and rhythms that sometimes complement and often compete, "Oversteps" creates an evolving harmony built on its own continuous assembly and breakdown.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 82-year-old singer/pianist's mordant wit retains its vintage charm. In fact, Allison probably could have sung any of these new tunes about aging just as credibly 50 years ago.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    While the album is fluid lyrically and musically, it's missing one thing: Monica's spunk and sass.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Aside from arrangement updates and catchy synth touches, the Bird & the Bee play it straight as George fetchingly channels Hall's vocal groove.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A collection of unconnected-though certainly related-songs that traverse all sorts of Southern terrain and situations. The group's songwriting trio (mainly Patterson Hood) offers the usual array of potent guitar riffs, stomping hard rock and vivid lyricism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The 11-song set draws from some of the Big Apple's more established rock outfits, but still keeps the DIY feel of the Whigs' previous albums.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tempering heavier blues-alternative influences with a softer folk-rock feel, Broken Side of Time leaves an unmistakable mark.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than happy to engage the pop mainstream (once heard, the irresistible, day-glo chorus of "Superfast Jellyfish" is never forgotten), yet experimental enough to satisfy the hipsters, these cartoon characters just made the first 3-D album of the new decade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The oddball trio's new set is edgy and experimental, containing lurid imagery and bold use of dissonance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The singer matches Danger Mouse's inventive sonics with his usual complement of twisty-turny melodies and dense wordplay, though compared with the Shins' relatively high-octane 2007 release, "Wincing the Night Away," such jangly space-folk tunes as "Vaporize" and "Sailing to Nowhere" can seem a little snoozy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Any listener who has experienced the emotions associated with a romantic split should appreciate the album.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The album is a sprawling, experimental work defined more by ambient synth hum and field-recording rustle than by melodic hooks or danceable grooves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The Monitor probably could've borrowed more firepower from the ironclad battleship for which it's named, but the album nevertheless meshes old-fashioned themes with a modern twist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The duo strays into territories of pop predictability with lines like "The music stops/And the music drops," but jj's sophomore effort is nonetheless charming and imaginative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The result is a collection rich in fan favorites, but lacking in momentum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it may not be a punk album through and through, songs like "The Stick" and "Where Was My Brain?" embody the genre's spirit with pounding drums, frenzied guitars and rushed deliveries (the former cut clocks in at less than two minutes), while "Mourning in America" mixes the genre's chaotic arrangements and political bite with Leo's usual power-pop flare.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yet with its rowdy gang vocals and efficient club beats, Battle of the Sexes is ultimately more concerned with partying than with politics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The Besnard Lakes amp up the energy with a more guitar-driven approach on third album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night. But this added vigor doesn't distract from the rock band's more familiar fare of gentle vocal deliveries and downplayed drums.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Other guests include Linda Ronstadt ("A la Orilla de un Palmar"), Van Dyke Parks and Los Tigres del Norte (who both appear on "Canción Mixteca"). The result is as thrilling as it is enlightening.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Naledge's rhymes are a complex web of pop culture references and braggadocio. Double-O's pop-soul production serves as a bright, sugary backdrop for Naledge's brag-rap.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The artist's familiar smoky vocals and the consistently rich production draw the listener in on his latest release, "Get Off on the Pain."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For an album with crowded electro-pop instrumentation, the music isn't overbearing, and Little Boots' cheeky lyrics never lose any of their dry attitude.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While many artists sound anything but comfortable breaking these kinds of musical barriers, Cullum proves once again that he sounds most like himself when the walls come tumbling down.