Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,386 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:
2,386 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Albums four and five are stocked mostly with inessential fluff that fans will cue up one time and promptly forget exists.... The true value here rests in the remastering. Page’s production on the original LPs remains unimpeachable, but these reissues give the tracks a subtle sheen.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We keep hearing that rock and roll is a feeling, right? The Stones inhabited that feeling seamlessly here, mainly because the murk fizzed and fused those seams together.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling, Epic/Legacy has outdone itself.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Take your time, shift your sonic expectations and enjoy some of the most daring, creative and truly beautiful music ever recorded.
    • 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spiderland is a record that will sound just as exciting 20 years from now. Call it the gift that keeps on giving.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No bonus tracks, no live filler--no reason to mess around when the perfection was in the pacing.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Albums four and five are stocked mostly with inessential fluff that fans will cue up one time and promptly forget exists.... The true value here rests in the remastering. Page’s production on the original LPs remains unimpeachable, but these reissues give the tracks a subtle sheen.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The good news is that the extras that come along with the albums are fantastic. There’s not much that the completest won’t have heard, but most people will be really happy to have the best of the band’s B -sides, extended 12-inch versions and EP extras collected on three CDs.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No amount of reissue padding will ever tarnish the mesmerizing mess of Physical Graffiti. It’s funny--only now, 40 years later, has the true filler finally emerged.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    From a purely sonic standpoint, these new versions are impossible to disregard.... The deluxe edition bonus material is more hit-or-miss. Since the Led Zeppelin vaults had basically already been emptied, Page tosses in a bonus Paris live show from 1969; the eight-track set has already circulated as a bootleg for years, and it remains inessential.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The standout package here is unsurprisingly Siamese Dream, which is filled with an abundance of demos, alternate b-sides and acoustic versions of songs. One needs to look no further than Corgan's newfound onstage confidence in the "Live at the Metro, 1993" DVD included in the box to see that the Smashing Pumpkins have gone from a band with great ideas to a band with great songs.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Andy Votel’s encyclopedic liner notes and a Gainsbourg interview make this version the definitive reissue for the as-yet unsullied.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    American Radical Patriot is a treasure that’s flat-out perfect. Music doesn’t get any better than this.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Messiah churns the “old school” in ways that bristle with vitality, yet are as fresh and urgent as anything on radio.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The joy of The Promise: The Lost Sessions of Darkness on the Edge of Town for any serious Boss employee is the notable twinkle of notions that would later grow into classic rock staples.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    On Dark Twisted Fantasy, West surrounds himself with gruff collaborators like Pusha T of Clipse and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Barring some future set that includes vials of the musicians' blood, sweat, and tears, this will stand as the definitive version of Icky Mettle-an answered prayer to new and old fans that makes these songs sound startlingly present.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it shines a giant and unmistakable signal toward the direct and poppy approach the band would undertake on their next few albums, Pageant still retains the mumbles of Murmur, the jangles of Reckoning, and the rustic tones of Fables of the Reconstruction.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The official release of Nirvana’s headlining performance at the 1992 Reading Festival feels at once indescribable and quaint.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Unlike many career-spanning sets, Blur 21 is perfectly arranged, with each studio album living on its own disc, accompanied by another disc of era-specific bonus material like singles, compilation tracks, remixes and more.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would be a mistake to dismiss this box set as a bunch of leftovers of interest only to Waits fanatics. There is some filler, it’s true, but there are also more than a dozen songs that rank with his best work.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Billed as something of a multimedia breakthrough, the 10 discs here present good--and often great--music paired with sub-standard video content. Unreleased tracks? They’re here, although in disappointing quantity and quality.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This slick new edition furthers the case for Raw Power as The Stooges' greatest work--as if there was any question.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The expansive tracklisting makes for a CD-era 70+ minute listening experience. You can appreciate the varied approach that John and Bernie Taupin brought to the studio with the balladry (“Candle In The Wind,” surprisingly not a US-charting song), the ballsy (“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”) and the busy (“Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)”) even if the results led to a less-than-cohesive album on the whole. As with many Elton John albums, there are hidden gems to be found.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The ArchAndroid is a fully immersive, theatrical experience. It's a near-perfect R&B album; hell, it's a fantastic hip-hop, psychedelic, neo-soul, dance and orchestral album too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A unique, remarkably ambitious 22-song cycle. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.114]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Carrie & Lowell is a demonstration of why Stevens sings songs, of why we listen to songs: to feel less alone, to make sense of the things that are hardest to make sense of.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Sleater-Kinney’s eighth album, the band sounds as vital, composed and necessary as ever. In just 10 songs and a little over 30 minutes, Sleater-Kinney does so much more than revive an old band. They craft an argument for having improved in its absence.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    He sometimes comes off a bit like he's exploring the idea of a genre more than actually writing a song ("Eyes Like Pearls" get dangerously close to Kravitzing) but generally has enough enthusiasm and hooks to make his celebration of musical freedom worth riding along with.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically dynamic and emotionally complex. [#13, p.132]
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    • 90 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's no mean feat for him to drop a solo album that's both a trove of pop jams and a profound piece of artistic experimentation, and he's done just that--a remarkable achievement by any measurement.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most fascinating aspect of this collection is how the artistic scales within the band tipped back and forth in these early days before they found the true balance that carried them through the six studio albums they made post-1984. Within this box set, it takes all eight discs to get to that point, but the moment-by-moment journey is a fascinating one marked with some remarkable pop songs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    St. Vincent, instead, entertains and provokes at every turn and is disarmingly self-assured.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Not only does Vince Gill’s production keep her decidedly on the country side of instrumentation, he understands keeping the mountains in her voice and the Parton-esque shimmer in her airy soprano.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RTJ2 is a fierce release.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the music so compelling is not its frame of reference... but the flair and originality with which it's put across. [Sep 2006, p.70]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like a Fellini movie, filled with rich textures and intriguing characters.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    To her immense credit, Apple never flinches at such uneasy insights and insoluble contradictions, which makes The Idler Wheel a tough but rewarding listen.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nine albums and eight years in, it’s time to stop trying to figure out what the hell Animal Collective--vocalist/guitarist Avey Tare, percussionist/vocalist Panda Bear and knob-twiddler Geologist--is, and just enjoy the orgasmic rush of danceable rock.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s a document that is crucial to anyone working to understand the evolution of the UK music scene and a welcome addition to the library of any discerning pop fan.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This time, believe the hype.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    In spite of its minor flaws, it’s the cornerstone of Kiwi indie music, an essential collection that retains its freshness and vitality.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There is no end to the nuances and subtleties that lay within. Find your starting point and start exploring.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The whole thing is a bit ramshackle, but when he listens to his wife, Bad as Me is as good as anything Waits has ever done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It stands as a sometimes-confusing document of a particular time and place in the story of this constantly evolving art project.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TV on the Radio is that rare band able to simultaneously identify the pitfalls of modern life and offer a spiritual alternative... That the band does so with music that's at once readily accessible and refreshingly unique is simply the crowning touch. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.118]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A gritty girl dug in, she embraces her Bob Dylan overtones (the harmonica on “My House”), Roy Orbison steel cry and mariachi Eagles-tinge (“I Miss You”) and a tumble of revival slap ’n’ stomp (“Stupid”). This is no conventional pop-country supernova.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing about Destroyer's Rubies that might shock existing fans is that Bejar's execution, ambition and passion have been buffed to a high shine. [Apr/May 2006, p.102]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    undun is a brilliant reminder of the power of the emcee as storyteller, the possibility of 40 minutes of music lending itself to a thoughtful character and plot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fitting farewell to a distinctive voice silenced too early.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is this Radiohead’s most straightforward, organic-sounding album since The Bends, it finds the band shedding the bulk of its trademark anxiety while remaining indomitably themselves.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The trio delights in creating songs just to tear them down and rebuild them again in a different way, giving the album a dissonant, experimental edge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lonerism expertly balances heady textures with effortless melodicism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Even though the album is crushing, the band’s penchant for melody is what elevates Foundations of Burden above otherwise comparable records from this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complicated Game is brilliant album, dense and thoughtful as McMurtry swirls around inside the heads of another set of fascinating characters.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Black Tambourine can be amateurish: "Can't Explain" seems as if it's being held together with chewed-up licorice and broken guitar strings. But it also builds to a fine frenzy that fans of Vivian Girls will find pleasantly familiar.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from the power of the music and lyrics, the set draws on Cave’s compelling persona: part priest, part sideshow barker--crooning one moment and eviscerating the next. While this has always been the core of his talent, on Abattoir/Lyre it is particularly rich and rewarding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Antony flourishes like a rare orchid in a New York hothouse, brandishing his voice like so many delicate petals. [#14, p.120]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Instead of just beating around the prog-rock bush, Thursday now embrace their artsier unknown.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    La Dispute picked a perfect time to make a classic album in the post-hardcore spectrum that might be considered a classic outside of genre, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not the mindblowing masterpiece the critics are so dizzily carping about, but as a milepost of the current state of world electronica it remains strong throughout.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    • 100 Critic Score
    Full of lush harmonies, grandiose orchestrations and poignant lyrics, these ambitious songs have lost none of their innocent melancholy over the last three decades.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's like watching the sun rise over distant mountaintops, over and over, familiar and captivating all at once.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as lucid a marriage of the eneffably strange and crayon-bright catchy as 2007 is likely to see. [Apr 2007, p.58]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    My Bloody Valentine successfully followed up a decades-old classic with m b v, an album that stands as confidently, beautifully and masterfully composed as its predecessor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Once again, Hubbard has proven his worth after 40 years in the business.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In other words--even though the mood is more menacing than morose--it’s vintage Cave.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any reasonable aesthetic criteria, Southeastern is a triumph.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While Hadreas’ lyrics made the most powerful moments of Perfume Genius’s 2010 debut Learning and 2012’s Put Your Back N 2 It, Too Bright folds its words into startling, varied instrumental textures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The key to The Seer's delicate noise-beauty contrast is its sense of direction. It's what keeps the album's three crazy-long epics (particularly the half-hour-long title-track) from fading into wallpaper or bleeding out from excess.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More revelatory are Krauss’ splendid R&B turn on Little Milton’s 'Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson' and Plant’s Dr. John impersonation on Allen Toussaint’s 'Fortune Teller'--just two of the many eye-openers on this surprising, and surprisingly effective, collaboration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Vulnicura marks a bold return for such a storied singer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The vibrant and varied arrangements are plenty approachable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    CSNY 1974 offers a deep and vulnerable portrait of band at the very height of its powers.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Sonically, Honeybear finds Tillman in a ruminative mood, favoring lavish strings, sweeping layers of voices and acoustic guitars. But he still has a knack for unexpected flourishes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This is the hardest Daft Punk’s ever worked on an album, but their songwriting and programming skills aren’t up to the others.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a hard, emotional record--certainly a good one.... But, in truth, after the lavish escapism of Funeral, Neon Bible does feel like a less stratospheric accomplishment. [Mar 2007, p.60]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    They’re too big to fail though, so lightning half-strikes plenty here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Swelling at 16 songs and an hour-plus runtime, it's Arcade Fire's most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As a remastered package, the Butch Vig-produced Gish does deliver for both hardcore fans and casual listeners. What's so unique about the package isn't only seeing the band's first attempt at a full-length recording, but it also fills in the space between Gish and the amazing jump that is Siamese Dream.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    At a time when modern country feels like bloated spandex-and-Aquanetted pop-metal, Fulks defiantly embraces an unflinching traditionalism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fancy up her surroundings all you want, but like another transcendent, intuitive singer-Van Morrison, in whose company she belongs-it's the way she sings... that defines her greatness, as lonely as it might be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song a casual fan would know is here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    If the album is frustratingly uneven--if, despite moments of exuberance, it can also feel like a mundane grind--well, I suspect that also mirrors life in Mali. And almost everywhere else, too.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    After just a nine-song introduction, we care about Natalie Prass.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    She has never sounded more confident. Van Etten’s fourth album marks the true arrival of a singer who’s been on her way for a long time, and thinking of her as anything less than a career artist is certainly a vast underestimation.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    We’re going to be talking about this album for years to come.