Paste Magazine's Scores

For 2,900 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Score distribution:
2900 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This cosmopolitan quartet has streamlined ska, post-punk, chamber music and Afropop into a glorious ultramodern groove.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His harrowed and ongoing metamorphosis into a butterfly is the narrative he’s chosen and is the story he’ll likely will stick with for the foreseeable future, but untitled unmastered shows that the holes in his willed chrysalis might be more interesting than the beauty promised by the cocoon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By channeling her anxiety into wonderful, shaggy, relatable and supremely catchy songs, she’s made Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit one of the most compulsively listenable albums to come out so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise Again is an indispensable recording from one of the world's most important living artists.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It retains the beautiful melancholy of For Emma, but in nearly every way, it's just more. More layered, more diverse, more interesting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Teen Men is about as kicked-back and comfortable as a debut LP can hope to be, seemingly confident that it will be making itself right at home in the ears of all who hear it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The result is an audacious delight, delivering aural odysseys that slither in and out of the territory of heavy-lidded dance-club bangers, junkie-punk ragers, symphonic Baroque-pop gems, plaintive guitar-rockers and myriad lessons from the Marc Bolan school of glam-rock depravity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s an album custom-made for deep headphone listening, and Tuttle and his cohorts pack the stereo field with incident and instrument.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Second Hand Heart is put together like a great live set.... The album also realizes that rare goal of gaining steam and strength as it carries forward.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The album is ultimately the most cathartic and uplifting that songwriter Peter Silberman has crafted, indicating the demons he has long wrestled with may be tiring, if not nearing defeat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Overflowing with a confidently relaxed cool and an absolute lack of pretense or veneer, Lo Tom’s debut somehow feels both enthusiastically self-assured and deceptively effortless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    When Tinariwen plays gigs, however, they offer a raucous, rowdy live show that lends itself more to shimmying and grooving, rather then translating and contemplating. Live In Paris, even with its questionable sequencing and skip lags between songs, begins to explore that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    LaVere could rest on her lyrics alone, which are witty and feisty enough to stand on their own, but by giving her band boundless license to indulge any whim or eccentricity, she has crafted a well-rounded album that is already among the year's best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    YNA_AYT is without a doubt the best work of Sorority Noise’s still-nascent career, and an early frontrunner for one of the best albums of 2017. It is emotionally complex, yet full of uplifting melodies that feel designed to pull the listener--or at least Boucher--out of the dark corners of the mind.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    For all its darker and uneasy lyrical content, this is still a record that begs to be blasted on road trips and at rooftop parties.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Seldom have classical delicacy, rock attitude and pop vitality coexisted with such improbable ease.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    She found it in herself to make yet another gorgeous, melancholy, old-souled record.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The time-tested tracks not only showcase the band doing what they do best in notoriously long, dramatic, panic-inducing instrumentals but are also startling reminders on why the band was so vital and lead such a movement to begin with.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Each and every song sticks out musically for one reason or another--whether it’s the groovy bass line of “Sick of Words,” or the various movements of “Somewhere Unoccupied.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Gorgeous and personal, the band has delivered a record that is not only the product of years of trial and error, but also the rarity of a truly talented storyteller.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Without a doubt,Stranger to Stranger is a testament to an artist who refuses to be ordinary and pigeonholed. With this LP, Paul Simon has created his best work in many years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Heartfelt and engaging.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With Here And Nowhere Else, they’ve thrown the first punch, and it hits you square in the jaw.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Volume 1 is beautifully played and uplifting to listen to from beginning to end.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In and of itself Truth Liberty & Soul is a fantastic performance. But better still, it provides a counterintuitively good look at what was special about Jaco.