Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,191 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Flight Of The Conchords
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,191 music reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an album that knocks you over at first. But when you gather yourself, get back on your feet and listen again, you'll want to hit the play button a second time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The official release of Nirvana’s headlining performance at the 1992 Reading Festival feels at once indescribable and quaint.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This unrelenting but beautiful melancholy forms the glut of Courage. Beauty is key here, especially with a song like “Bring Down,” where an otherwise depressing dirge is given liftoff by Smith’s sweet harmony and a twittering flute.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    "The enemy is everywhere" is The Monitor's twice-invoked refrain, the central thesis of an album that's both uncompromisingly bleak and impossible to ignore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Jack and Meg careen from riff to riff, idea to idea, clinging for dear life as they dig their spurs into the mythical rodeo beast of rock ’n’ roll. Their lean guitar-and-drums approach allows them to turn on a dime, following any stormy muse they please.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The ArchAndroid is a fully immersive, theatrical experience. It's a near-perfect R&B album; hell, it's a fantastic hip-hop, psychedelic, neo-soul, dance and orchestral album too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album is saturated with high poly-harmonies, finger-snaps and hand claps, but the Charles Atlas-invoking title communicates Wavves' real agenda--"nyah-nyah" pop sucker-punches, sunny smiles so forced they come off as sneers, intense self-deprecation as psychic body armor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The production is bright and clear, and the arrangements showcase the star.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is distinct pastoral element at work in the Tallest Man on Earth's songs. He invokes the elements and the myriad forces nature: rivers, islands, rocks, clouds, birds, meadows, rainstorms, hail, forests, weeds, lilies and wheat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No song seems out of place and every single one will be your favorite the moment you listen to it because of extremely quotable songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything combines to enrich, enliven and add texture to the band's wild aesthetic, which is unlike anything else you're going to experience this year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This album is pure, 10-bandaided-finger combustibility--the notes need room to breathe, like a freshly uncorked keg of moonshine, each pluck of each string hitching a ride on the cool, Allegheny mountain breeze.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tomorrowland is like a good, ol' fashioned rock anthem of kiss-my-asschaps autonomy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    II
    On II, Bad Books have proven that they are more than Manchester Orchestra with Kevin Devine or vice versa by dropping any ego and making a cohesive record. Thankfully, all of us reap the benefit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It shouldn’t work--they went all or nothing. They got all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What could be unwieldy becomes a vast patchwork of influences buoying empowerment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pusha T paints a vivid picture of the things he knows best throughout My Name Is My Name.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She’s in perfect form.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically dynamic and emotionally complex. [#13, p.132]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unabashedly grand and inspirational.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Björk weaves into Medúlla a palpable longing for a simpler world--a world predating smart bombs and collapsing towers, a world in which life revolved around the expressive raising of one’s voice, both solitarily and in concert with others.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds like a mostly live interpretation of... The Avalanches' intricate party collages doubling as three-minute music history lessons. [#13, p.118]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songs like “California” and “Walk Into the Sea,” by far the sunniest, poppiest material Low has ever produced, shatter the mopey mold the band has so carefully cultivated, and to thrilling results.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eminently pleasurable album that reveals more with each spin. [Apr/May 2005, p.148]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A particularly powerful collection from a consistently brilliant artist. [Apr/May 2005, p.128]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the album so amazing is its ability to balance poignancy and fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Quit +/or Fight flirts with perfection, a cohesive collection of all-too-fleeting pleasures.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wonderfully askew. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.96]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vivid document not only of how far Wilco has come, but also of how distinct its vision has been all along. [Dec 2005, p.112]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She combines a formidable voice with a rarefied command of phrasing. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.106]