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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    While "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" certainly captures the Saturday afternoon matinee spirit of his 1998 solo debut, it's also a different kind of creature.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A dense yet buoyant mixture of hip-hop beats, reggae grooves, African-pop riffs and future-soul vocals, "Concrete Jungle" (which culls tracks from Nneka's previous European releases) does, in fact, echo "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Romance Is Boring would be better-served with more of the diversity that's found on these tracks. But those without dates on Valentine's Day should find some cheer in this danceable collection
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leaps and bounds over the act's earlier material, "Teen Dream" allows Legrand and Scally to truly come into their own while leaving the listener aching for more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the electronic-free approach on the closer of the trilogy results in the Magnetic Fields' most organic effort to date--and it doesn't stray too far from Merritt's pop-leaning background, making it the most successful of its synth-free siblings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In grappling with the sudden death of her husband in 2008, the U.K. singer/songwriter has crafted a remarkable set that includes influences from rock and jazz, rich instrumentation and lyrics that linger well beyond the first listen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new set-Lady A's follow-up to its self-titled debut in 2008-showcases the group's ability to combine its own contemporary country sound and folk-rock flair with a familiar formula, making it a refreshing addition to the ever-expanding country genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most obvious distinction from past releases is the richly textured soundscape of unusual tones that Metheny harmonizes with on with his guitar.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's hard not to see Editors' third album, In This Light and on This Evening, as its New Ordering-a marked shift away from guitars to synthesizers and a cleaner, dance-friendly vibe that still maintains much of the emotional heft. But the transition can seem a bit self-conscious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Spoon's seventh studio album, Transference, strikes a balance between its early angsty indie-rock and the soulful deconstructed pop of its 2007 release, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Motion City Soundtrack's smart-aleck tendencies combine nicely with a harder sound on My Dinosaur Life, pushing the band back to its roots with enough twist to propel it in a new direction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
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    The surprise on the set is how well the new music holds up against the vintage material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Vampire Weekend's second album, Contra, finds the New York-based band pushing its eclectic, intellectual indie rock further using a mash-up of musical genres, clever wordplay and emotional heft.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The set careens confidently from the Prince-inspired fuzz-funk of opener "WTF?" to the slinky live-band R&B of "I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe" to "This Too Shall Pass," a thudding psych-pop anthem in the mold of "Kids" by MGMT. It's not all so good-naturedly goofy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The big guns are firing again on his newest release, Y Not, and to good effect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Johnston delivers another album of nuanced and evocative tunes laced with vivid imagery and emotional depth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Omarion describes his third solo album, Ollusion, as proof that he's all grown up. But the set comes off more like a bid for street cred than maturation....But when Omarion reaches for the high notes and sticks to nuance on the aching ballad "Speedin'" and the teasing "Sweet Hangover," he shines like a seasoned star.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Animal teems with choruses that stick with the listener for days, from the blissful "Your Love Is My Drug" to the catty "Backstabber." Equally prevalent, however, are heavily processed vocals, which make it hard to tell whether the California cutie can actually sing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    McPhee sounds much more comfortable amid Alagia's rootsy singer/songwriter settings than she did surrounded by the shiny R&B beats of her self-titled debut,
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout Stronger With Each Tear, Blige solidly reinforces why she endures as a fan favorite.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Keys delivers a musically understated but richly passionate set of soul paeans to being in love, out of love, lovelorn and pining for her man to return.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Throughout this quick follow-up to last year's "Something Else," Thicke reveals a side of his personality that's flashier and funnier than the Oprah-appropriate image that was cultivated with previous hits. Musically, too, he flexes an eclectic streak last heard on his underappreciated 2003 debut.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Produced for the most part by U2 collaborator Flood, the new album rarely operates at anything less than a frenzied fever pitch, with thundering percussion grooves, Leto's top-of-the-lungs yowl and wave after wave of Edge-style guitar theatrics.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While listeners can't help but be reminded of his fall from grace, Brown also shows us on Graffiti that he's still a formidable talent.-
    • 64 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Clipse fans are no doubt still listening, but they'll need a more cohesive vision next time around.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    Shock Value II packs plenty of heat from the layered beats, but never lets Timbaland shine as the artist he wants to become.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Like the singles "Spotlight" and "Wasted," the songs on the album that jump out most aren't the ones with creepy rhythms, but those with Gucci Mane's witty lyrical delivery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The album is signature Kelly: fantasy-filled romps, club jams and heartfelt ballads brought to life by the singer's ear for catchy beats and melodies and mood-setting lyrics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Her debut album, Just Like You, has no shortage of commanding pop-rock tunes, but Iraheta really shines when her spirited voice breaks through the precise production.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Buffet Hotel might be less about the songs and more about generating a vibe. If you subscribe to it going in, you'll check out happy.