Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,382 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Score distribution:
2,382 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Eschewing Smithsonian properness, Remedy channels youth in all its freewheeling glory.
    • 75 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s their most immediate album--but not necessarily their simplest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Her voice instantly captivates, radiating both power and sophistication on 11 tracks that vary wildly in tone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery―and other cliches―as it pertains to this third album in the Foxygen catalog is up for debate. If it’s some secret genius, the jury is still decidedly out. Either way, you’ll want to hear this one for yourself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ronson’s Uptown Special is his best work yet and one of the best funk albums you’ll come across in recent memory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like every Punch Brothers album, The Phosphorescent Blues is defined by technical chops. But its lyrical focus offers a vibrant edge over its predecessors.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Never quite forsaking what brought them, they’ve created a new world for post-country country--as musically satisfying as it is hormone-peaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While most tracks are easy enough to hum along to, laced with warm banjo and pretty keys, it’s the unexpected explosions of warped guitar solos that make Lady Lamb’s softer moments standout--and the album as a whole succeed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There is most certainly a parallel universe in which Emilana Torrini is the Next Big Thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Amid its admirably complex compositional compressions, Skeletal Lamping feels like a triple-LP sprawler, despite clocking in at less than an hour. For those who have the patience to hang with Barnes and his freak-outs, it could be a masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Rarely does a track on this set demand skipping, and even the scant missteps are worth at least a few listens--like any great band, the JAMC lived and learned.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If she has more misanthropic stuff like this up her A Camp sleeve? Hey-forget the Cardigans, and bring it on.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album’s meditations on what follows the mortal coil are as sweeping as the gulf between its genres, but both are handled with rewardingly nuanced subtlety.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    'It Ain't Gonna Save Me'--inarguably one of the best tracks to date from the Memphis punk rocker born Jay Lindsey--seethes melodic vitriol with its breathless guitars and lyrics about shitting clouds. It's the high point of Watch Me Fall, but the rest of the record hardly slouches.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album drags at points; with 22 tracks and a 70-minute runtime, some of this material would have been better off on a mixtape. But that’s a minor flaw in an otherwise superbly-executed gangster epic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This whole album is good, just know that up front.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    On their second LP, the youngsters don't disappoint.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album is both affirmative and entertaining, addressing themes of political upheaval, reconciliation and the ignorance that so often comes with privilege.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's too early to start drafting up those Best of 2011 lists, but City of Refuge deserves to be shortlisted as one of the stronger folk albums in recent memory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's the lyrics that make Smart Flesh truly shine.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Rather than hone the traditional Appalachian discipline, the sensualist singer explores the possibilities of acoustic/roots music--conjuring songscapes, erotic tableau and enough tension to hold listeners transfixed throughout Follow Me Down.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The cadences, demeanors and vocal tones certainly add an interesting wrinkle to Eno's dynamic, but a few exceptions aside, I'm generally too enraptured in his rich compositions to decipher the staggered wordplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While it's not perfect, CoCo Beware is a strong, cohesive opening statement from a group of talented musicians that only gets better with repeated listens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Provincial is fully formed-far closer to a Weakerthans album--and with some different collaborators to add some new textures, especially chamber arrangements.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Of these three reissues [Cotton-Eyed Joe, Green Rocky Road, and 1966], 1966 is arguably the best, by virtue of the setting itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Each track seamlessly flows into the next, making the album kind of just one long song about transitive early age....It's beautiful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The results, especially when they give equal time to his natural charm and knob-twiddler Bobby Harlow's clearly natural talent ("Keep On Movin'"), are nothing short of spectacular.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The compassionate understanding of human nature, is the guiding ethos behind Channel Orange, a very beautiful album about not-so-beautiful people.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This record isn't simply a record, it's an emotional, intricate experience that keeps on after the instrumental break.