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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It may take listeners a while to wrap their heads (and ears) around Scratch My Back, but it will undoubtedly polarize an audience that has long awaited something new from Gabriel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The quietly brilliant set translates the dance-rock explosion through the lenses of two guys who have lived the dance scene from the beginning.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The Auto-Tuned vocals and cluttered background instrumentation on the title track represents a low point of the album. Luckily, the second half of "Permalight" moves away from electronics and finds Rogue Wave returning to its guitar-based, head-nodding roots.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Taking a page from the George Strait playbook, country music newcomer Easton Corbin displays excellent song sense while offering an easygoing vocal style on his finely crafted self-titled debut album.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Blake Shelton's new six-song album, Hillbilly Bone, may be a marketing and sales experiment by Warner Bros. Records, but fans of the Oklahoman artist won't be disappointed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The nine-song album's softer ballads--like the piano-driven "What If"--distract from Derulo's powerhouse vocals. His talent is somewhat misused on the tune, blanketed beneath equal parts Auto-Tune and lyrical vagueness. However, the inclusion of club bangers like "The Sky's the Limit" and "Love Hangover" boost the set's energy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With its serene landscapes and beautiful imagery, listening to The Golden Archipelago makes waiting for the tropical temperatures of summer all the more difficult.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Merriweather delivers just fine in his own right, with a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences from early Elton John ("For Your Money") to vintage Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Impossible").
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In addition to Rubin's typically austere moods, the set features an all-star core of musicians (including members of the Avett Brothers) and Cash's tasteful renditions of the title track, Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," Sheryl Crow's "Redemption Day," Tom Paxton's "Where I'm Bound" and Bob Nolan's "Cool Water."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans will be pleased to find Alkaline Trio remembering what it's like to be itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Newsom's wispy singing style may still be too inaccessible for some, but hardcore fans will savor the growing vocal confidence during the two-hour-plus running time. In an era of quick musical fixes, Have One on Me is a spacious artistic statement too original to pass up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The vibe on the new album may be rootsier and more acoustic than Walker's usual fare, but it still emphasizes his knack for memorable wordplay and melodic know-how, which have earned him writing and producing gigs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ali and Toumani is spontaneous and deeply spiritual, depicting two outstanding musicians who are governed by nothing but their love for their nation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Hynes continues to explore the scope of his musicianship, producing a collection songs that refuse to stand still.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Although Raekwon, Bun B and Birdman all turn in solid guest spots, Freeway remains in control and drops his most memorable lines since his 2003 debut, "Philadelphia Freeway."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the folds of intricate sound on Odd Blood float Yeasayer members Anand Wilder's and Chris Keating's expressive vocal harmonies, giving this seemingly disparate, indefinable music a clear identity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Richly uplifting arrangements, dynamic percussion and an attention to vocals (some shared) that's intimately communal mostly make up for some excessive sentimentality and steel drums. But what's missing on the album is an obvious classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Reflective but never bitter, I'm New Here contains the musings of a poet wizened by hard luck.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It still warms the blood to hear those trip-hop synths roll on the slow-burning "Flat of the Blade" (with some acid loops thrown in for good measure), but Massive Attack's arsenal has expanded and the resulting onslaught is nothing short of brilliant.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A mixed bag, but an appealingly bold one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The release is Sade's first new material in 10 years, but the act hasn't lost a beat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Although Chandra and Leigh Watson don't employ their entire vocal range on the bluesy "Devil in You," they make up for it with lyrical maturity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Crows" opts for a mostly stripped-down acoustic sound that provides the perfect setting for Moorer's marvelous, R&B-inflected voice.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    In New Orleans vernacular, Ya-Ka-May is a stew comprising various meats, green onions, noodles and a hard-boiled egg. This album may well be the musical counterpart of the dish for which it's named.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not every track on Another Round may be a winner, but Jaheim remains a welcome oasis in a desert of Auto-Tuned voices-and a beacon for the next generation of soul.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Turner is a worthy heir to such barrel-chested baritones as Don Williams, Randy Travis and Trace Adkins, his fourth album, "Haywire," is a study in inconsistent use of his vocal gift.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    "The Courage of Others" doesn't offer anything as immediately captivating as "Van Occupanther" gems like "Roscoe" and "Young Bride," but the new songs slowly take shape and are unafraid to choose interesting detours.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    Although the cleaner melodies and pop polish seem to mute the rapper's stream-of-consciousness salvos, he still shines on "Drop the World," featuring Eminem.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Who I Am is so polished and adult-sounding -trading teen pop moxie for organ and slide guitar-that one is left wondering whether the same songs about love, heartbreak and political curiosity wouldn't be a more satisfying evolutionary step in the hands of a scrappier troupe.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The new ambition found on "A Chorus of Storytellers" has led the Album Leaf to its best execution yet.