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 Pacific Ocean Blue [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,191 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Danger Mouse’s fingerprints are all over all of these songs, and it’s easy to see parallels with some of his other projects, but in many ways Evil Friends is the most quintessentially Portugal. The Man album the band has released. It’s also undoubtedly their best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Old
    He has wound up producing an album that transcends much of the typical hype bullshit and seems destined to stand as a unifying record, leaving no one asking for Danny Brown’s resume when he receives his share of the spotlight, making his sense of humor an ingredient rather than the whole meal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Devine blends folk, punk, rock and pop sounds into songs with intricate guitar parts reminiscent of Elliott Smith and flowing melodies that can’t help but stay in your head.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Get There, is a thoughtful, interesting record (about what it means to be thoughtful and interesting).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    These pseudo-mashups expand Elverum’s vision to a Cinerama-like depth of field with the picture beautifully warping around the edges. Whatever Elverum’s true intentions with this release, it certainly has a welcome place in his vast and varied discography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Vile’s insight is the relaxed current on which It’s A Big World floats, an unexpected testament to one of the year’s best albums, and a compelling work of its own.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As powerful a witness for the region--Memphis, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas--as it is a lovely quilt of musicality, braiding blues, folk, Appalachia, rock and old-timey country, this is balm for lost souls, alienated creatures seeking their core truths and intellectuals who love the cool mist of vespers in the hearts of people they may never encounter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Crain has invited the listener to eavesdrop on her internal and often contradictory dialogues. That she’s able to do so without shame is one of Kid Face’s crowning achievements and more evidence of Crain’s brilliant, though still-developing talents.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s a quietly sublime work from a group of musicians who have always insisted--via their straight-up goofy music videos, Budweiser references and substitute teacher-like appearances--they’re just average suburbanites.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    From a purely sonic standpoint, these new versions are impossible to disregard.... The bonus material on Led Zeppelin II and III is more revelatory, showcasing the band’s creative process through assorted alternate takes and rough mixes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This was, at least until two days ago, the most ambitious and powerful underground hip-hop album to be released this year. But leave it to Death Grips to drop a surprise record on us and steal the spotlight from their fellow Californians. We’ll have to wait before we find out which one stands the test of time, but for the moment, advantage: Clipping.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Eschewing Smithsonian properness, Remedy channels youth in all its freewheeling glory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Yes, Braid is still a guitar-forward post-punk powerhouse, and No Coast is a great addition to its catalog, even possibly containing some of the best material the band has ever written.