Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,102 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 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:
2,102 music reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise Again is an indispensable recording from one of the world's most important living artists.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marissa Nadler hints at larger tragedies and losses, implying an overarching break-up narrative that gives each song added force.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her dexterity in juxtaposing genres, infusing her swooping jazz-singing with near-gospel fervor, kittenish moans and shameless spoken exhortations is commanding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album not only surpasses its predecessor but raises the bar for any band, indie or otherwise, mining the past for inspiration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing feels even remotely stale, and many of these tracks manage to actually improve upon their original counterparts--no small feat, considering the fact that these are some of the finest songs ever written.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sessions are a great listen when you have time to sift through it all, and the package gives hardcore fans more than enough material to immerse themselves in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song a casual fan would know is here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They may have just crafted a masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the details that make Prophet explode.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Release Me, his final album of an almost 30-year career for Curb, finds him resolutely steadfast in his excellence and eclecticism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sweeping confession of sanctification, embrace and glory, this is deliverance personified.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Out of the Game, Wainwright does not disappoint: whirling string sections and a chorus of women exhale grief behind the brash songwriter who knows no shade of blue that eludes him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressive concoction of stark minimalism. From its cryptic cover art to its ethereal soundtrack, The Sister is Nadler's journey to self-assurance, in which she paints an intricate portrait of longing and reflection, blurring its sullen edges with shades of hope and prosperity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Banga is a song cycle that expresses a synthesis of all of her strengths to form one of her strongest albums.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lean rock record [imbued] with import beyond the sting of the smart, seething tracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Redd Kross 2.0's incredible debut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many records like this one, and if you give it time and it catches you, you'll probably still be listening to it when the deal goes down and your own ship comes in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LaVette deepens their meaning with a slow-burn commitment to the lyrical nuance and the emotional resonance in the melodies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection is the band's tightest and most cohesive, and they do so without losing any of the grit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Psychedelic Pill may be the best album Neil Young has ever done with Crazy Horse.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No bonus tracks, no live filler--no reason to mess around when the perfection was in the pacing.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there’s ever been an album that deserves the lavish, borderline-unnecessary reissue treatment, it’s this pop behemoth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking emotional truths and cutting to the quick, her razor-sharp sense of detail has never been sharper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Kveikur is more anxious and busy than a lot of their past output, it still possesses the heavenly quality all their other records so admirably held on to as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any reasonable aesthetic criteria, Southeastern is a triumph.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gems on All Hail West Texas capture the pain and beauty of humans’ entanglements with each other.... These days it’s the loneliness of the album, and just the idea of the space that is West Texas, a vast and largely unpopulated sprawl, that hits home.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The musical maturity is the most notable and commendable part of No Blues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Caramel and Mockasin definitely takes you on one hell of an adventure. Even though it might leave you feeling a little softened and dehydrated, I can’t wait to re-lace up my skates and embark on the next one.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This new 35-track Legacy Edition’s ample extras--revved-up outtakes, forlorn covers, rare live cuts and, best of all, its strikingly hungry lo-fi demos--provide an intriguing peek behind the curtain at a young band flush with potential.