Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,363 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Score distribution:
2,363 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Ellis broadens his musical reach beyond deadly accurate classic country to often austere arrangements that reflect his small etchings of real life without aggressive genre-coding.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Even in their nascent form though, the songs provide ample evidence of Phillipps’ growing strength as a songwriter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Vulnicura marks a bold return for such a storied singer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    These are some of the sweetest and sauciest love songs ever recorded, and no one should have any doubt that he means every word of them. This set should also lay to rest any questions about the importance of Half Japanese.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The quality is indisputable, although one might question why the Chems need another best-of. The answer is disc two of Brotherhood, an invaluable collection of their “Electronic Battle Weapons” (promo tracks released to DJs for field testing).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The record sounds, appropriately so, as if it were made by a band experimenting, rather than by one man alone, heartbroken, in his so-often-talked-about Wisconsin cabin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Gourds' ballads have always been witty and danceable, but on Haymaker! the lyrics have more emotional range than ever before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fans of Auerbach’s previous material may miss Patrick Carney’s percussion, but Keep It Hid is something else entirely, an opportunity for Auerbach to flex all his musical muscles without confining Carney’s own strength.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rather than picking up where End of Love left off, Hungry Bird sounds like an extension of previous solo outing Lose Big. Barzelay’s soft, depressed poetry is brushed across the canvas of his wispy songs as if he could float into the ether at any moment, becoming a ghost singing from the wizenened remove of the afterlife.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The primarily acoustic Hills and Valleys, produced by Lloyd Maines, is the Flatlanders' third and strongest album since reuniting in 1998 for "The Horse Whisperer" soundtrack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Her arrangements are music-hall clever, her erudite lyrics reference the most arcane subjects, and her flapper-vampy voice camps up everything to the point of burlesque.