Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,299 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Score distribution:
2,299 music reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    When taken alongside recent successes like Chaos and Creation and his stunning orchestral piece Ece Cor Meum, Electric Arguments hints that a late period renaissance could be underway.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The lion's share of Incredibad is without a doubt one of the funniest albums, music or otherwise, in years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The basic ingredients here--a sexy, intelligent singer and songwriter, a guy who wants to be a guitar god and a drummer who socks the hell out of his kit--come fairly close to defining my notion of perfect music. Together they make a triple-layer torch-song/New Wave/power-pop confection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In short, arguably for the first time, Oberst gives us an album rife with liveliness--and it sounds like he had a damn good time making it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    That sense of musical evolution makes Around the Well a particularly compelling listening, and Beam’s sensitive readings of songs by Stereolab, the Flaming Lips, the Postal Service, and New Order show how sturdy his sound can be, as he translates them to quieter settings without losing their heraldic sentiments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The restless vibe to this ramshackle collection suggests Rawlings’ greatest trait is his wanderlust. It’s allowed him to work closely with a range of different artists in the past, and it makes A Friend of a Friend a spirited affair.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Know Better Learn Faster mostly sounds like a young artist coming into her own--in music and life and love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Jones and the Dap-Kings make the kind of music that moves them, and their feverish passion is contagious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    All of Houck's southern eccentricities remain gloriously intact, from his eloquently hangdog vocals to his minimalist songwriting on "Hej, Me I'm Light."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ghosts skirts its predecessor's instrumental self-indulgence, allowing its tracks to swim in grandeur--but not drown.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's no mean feat for him to drop a solo album that's both a trove of pop jams and a profound piece of artistic experimentation, and he's done just that--a remarkable achievement by any measurement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Only Bejar knows the logic behind his musical metamorphoses, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy an album as smart and as beguiling as Kaputt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Blood Pressures mixes heavy, gainy hard-rocking guitars with a whole lot of making love to the mic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Déjà vu, ambition, whatever be damned. No help may be coming, but they don't need it in the first place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Harper is in top form, crafting songs that succeed lyrically and musically, capturing much of the blues-driven energy of White Lies while mixing in a delicate simplicity that adds a layer of depth to the bluesman's latest effort.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Andrew Bird is a highly skilled musician capable of crafting an album full of delightful little moments that make the album worth a fair listen, and more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Sees the Light manages to squeeze a boatload of emotions out of simple verse-chorus-verse pop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Boys & Girls is best enjoyed not as an anachronism but as a fresh take on the sounds from a bygone era.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The album is overflowing with upbeat, Americana gems.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Though not all of the tracks on the album were fashioned into future releases--or have even been heard before--fans of Múm will find the entirety of the Early Birds a fascinating window into the band's origins.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The new songs on this already-strong collection only elevate the ceiling of Ware’s potential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Bridwell has never sounded more assured as a songwriter, exploring bold new ideas and penning some of his most poignant lyrics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The album is undoubtedly a jump from their first, with a gentle climb after the second.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Staples makes redemption a matter of small things, tiny actions and incremental leaps of believing. Accessible to the fallen and faltering, on One True Vine grace is a funky thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s powerful in both delivery and in effect, without being heavy-handed or sacrificing form.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Uzu
    UZU is stunning and melodic, and consistently absorbing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wot
    It’s less garage, more cacti forest. Less “borrowing” money from your parents, more working odd jobs to afford your bottom-shelf tequila. It’s heart, and it’s good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The lyrics here are heavy with religious, dream-like symbolism as he details the journey of his character while allowing everyone to have their own interpretation of what the man finds and encounters in the wilderness. If there’s one word to describe Brothers and Sisters, it’s “energetic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Whether you’re honing in on the brilliant lyricism or simply soaking in the aural wonders of this minimalistic folk album, there’s plenty to fall in love with about Bad Debt.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Innumerable intricacies layered into the background make for an encompassing wall of notes that pulls you into a unusual dance.