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
Highest review score: 100 Late Registration
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,299 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The results of these experiments can be on the nose, like doing a gender switch on Brazilian extreme metal act Sarcofago.... Others take a little bit of unpacking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While the familiar ache still haunts Single Mothers, Earle treats it with new wisdom, choosing instead to ramble forward, rather than perseverate and drift waywardly back.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The album will satisfy those wondering whether the band can achieve the nosebleed heights of its formidable back catalog, and it’s once again evident that Ashcroft needs guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury to keep his shamanistic flights of fancy tethered to earth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Soft Airplane is a little scary (and dark and dank), yet filled with untold creative surprises and delights.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tell Tale Signs subtly makes a good argument that Dylan’s later work is richer than expected.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Emanuel Lundgren has a rare knack for catchy melodies and bouncy rhythms that grab the ear, and also for arrangements that enlarge these simple elements into the enveloping emotional weather accompanying these tug-of-wars between adolescence and adulthood, escapism and reality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Crying Light, reaches out from the band’s investment in gender issues to grapple with nature of a different sort: the earth, familial relationships and a life-force passed on. The scope of the record spans generations, but retains a sense of communion with its listener.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This album isn't merely a single peak, but a whole mountain range.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Reminiscing on lost love and lust, Mould impresses with his songwriting skills.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With a little luck, this collection of mostly obscure covers could, on a smaller scale, do for Dando what the Rick Rubin-helmed American Recordings did for Johnny Cash.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The foursome weave a dizzying web of traditions into their own rough-hewn sound, dragging vestiges of alt-rock, punk and blues through the mud to achieve an album rife with brash dissonance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Working out of his home studio, Sweet--joined by drummer Ric Menck and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz--nails every sonic nuance, buried under cumulous clouds of glorious boy/girl harmonies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The songs Jarosz wrote herself more pull their own weight. The eleven originals bubble with questions, toe-tapping impatience and a dreamy yearning, and they're strung through with twinge of poignancy that's completely refreshing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a wonderfully weird parade of sonic delights: an arresting consummation of the Lips' two-and-a-half decade career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For those who self-identify as Tom Waits Fans, Glitter and Doom Live succeeds on pretty much every level.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On Tiger there's more than a whiff of tequila in the air-yellowy-green shots knocked back fast followed by hazy mornings filled with nagging regrets. This could perhaps be considered "folk" in some generous sense of the word, but let's not be afraid to call it what it really is: unbridled, unselfconscious, swirling, head-pounding pop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's this combination of lo-fi sounds and lyrical complexity that makes Cape Dory a great debut record.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With alt-country lyrics that are more Tom Waits than Guy Clark, Hayes Carll continues to impress, giving us more to think about than just honky tonks and heartaches.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It turns out the two are even better in cahoots than they are solo, each buttressing the other with her own set of complementary idiosyncrasies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's Kafka meets Mahler at the hipster club, and it's easily one of the musical highlights of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Hunter, their finest album yet, is proof enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nothing's Gonna Change... is ultimately the kind of album you can curl up into, let the warm tones surround you and rest easy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nootropics, the latest record from Baltimore quintet Lower Dens, connects layered loops and trippy chants with catchy rock 'n' roll arrangements, delivering a pure punch of sonic bliss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even putting aside his berserk, imagination-defying technical skill--he stays deep enough in the pocket to get lost there--there's not a wasted breath on R.A.P. Music.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Given Ben Keith's death last year, it's the perfect merge: Young's rough-hewn organics and the raucous Crazy Horse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    By opening up, by giving a glimpse into the heart behind those heart-stopping melodies, Newman's written his best songs in nearly a decade.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The more charming pockets found within The Narcissist II's peculiar symmetry are worth waiting for, so long as you're willing to suspend your disbelief long enough to ingest the entire record. Otherwise, you might be missing the point.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    He’s just a great singer, backed by great players he puts to good use on a set of sticky, deceptively inventive songs
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dormarion should leave returning fans satisfied and new listeners hooked as Lerner continues to refine his skills and churn out strong albums.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A deeply internalized album, it’s The National at their Nationalest. It is, as well, a collection of songs about songs: clever but not meta, and thankfully never cute or self-impressed.