Paste Magazine's Scores

For 2,925 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Score distribution:
2925 music reviews
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    • 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
    Each edition of the Sgt. Pepper’s reissue features the new Stereo Mix that was lovingly crafted by Giles Martin, the son of the Fab Four’s producer George Martin. And it is a marvel. ... You’ve heard these songs hundreds of times but they have never sounded this present.
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    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
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    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    The songs on The Cutting Edge are just as brash, bristling and amazing to hear as they were when they were first unleashed half a century ago.
    • 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
    • 91 Critic Score
    With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar plays by the rules and then sets the rule book on fire, and continues one of the most impressive run of albums of any artist in recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave fans may nitpick about how this album instrumentally stands against avant-garde classics like Kicking Against the Pricks and Let Love In. But there’s something to be said about Skeleton Tree and its starkness, which is as familiar as life and death, an elegy, and a hell of a thing to forget.
    • 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
    • 92 Critic Score
    They are beautifully and simply arranged, but it is not an entertaining album to listen to in any conventional sense, nor can it be shaken off easily. It is, however, the kind of album that makes all others seem frivolous while you’re hearing it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The official release of Nirvana’s headlining performance at the 1992 Reading Festival feels at once indescribable and quaint.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The songs on this soundtrack document a community of artists, as they picked up speed creatively. Cornell stood out then for his talent and work ethic and abundant artistic energy.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    You Want It Darker is better than either of those records [Old Ideas and Popular Problems], and may contain the best music he has created since Various Positions came out in 1984.
    • 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
    • 75 Critic Score
    Where Pure Heroine was her global, future-forward debut, Melodrama is the red-eyed, no-rules afterparty, where the lost and loveless go for comfort.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service also frequently makes the strong case that it’s the best thing this group’s ever done, 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
    • 86 Critic Score
    Purged of the drug-addled skepticism of Acid Rap and pulsing with the free-wheeling spirit and zeal that bolstered Surf, Coloring Book is a breezy listen: direct and purposeful.
    • 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
    • 83 Critic Score
    If Myrkur is a black metal artist, “Crown” is the sound of her pushing and pulling hard on the genre’s boundaries. The strongest stretch of Mareridt, however, is three songs on its back end. First up is “Funeral,” a swirl of blackened sludge that moves at the pace of, well, a funeral procession.
    • 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.
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    • 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
    • 78 Critic Score
    The songs on American Band, for the most part, are well constructed, catchy-enough tunes that don’t quite rise into the first rank of the group’s deep and impressive catalog.
    • 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
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an album of remarkable consistency and sparkling beauty. If her music hasn’t clicked for you yet, listen to this record until it does.
    • 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
    • 92 Critic Score
    Unlike Limbs, Pool never strains by adhering to a methodology. It just feels like a collection of songs—very fucking transportive songs.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 93 Critic Score
    The group has evolved by revealing that sentiment is eternal. RTJ3 sharpens that revelation and encases it in lustrous, dazzling gold. The crooks had the jewels all along.
    • 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
    • 87 Critic Score
    On MASSEDUCTION, Clark remains as unpredictable as ever, though there’s one thing fans will have gotten right: so far, at least, Annie Clark has proven incapable of writing anything less than a knockout pop song.
    • 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.
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    • 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
    • 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.
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    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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complicated Game is brilliant album, dense and thoughtful as McMurtry swirls around inside the heads of another set of fascinating characters.
    • 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
    • 91 Critic Score
    With his old-timey Upland Stories, Fulks matures into an important voice.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    True to the tone of the record, Bowie is almost a spectre throughout [Blackstar].
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Isbell’s increasing skill as a storyteller, and the natural affinity he has for melody, combine to make Something More Than Free a masterful piece of work.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    The relentless heat of My Woman can be exhausting over the course of 10 searing tracks--the addition of a throwaway would give a weary listener time to regroup. But Angel Olsen’s fearless and eloquent embrace of raw emotions in all their messy splendor ultimately feels oddly uplifting, the way it always does when you witness a gifted artist at her best.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 12-song collection ensnares listeners with its tight song structures, yelping melodies and energy delivered via middle-of-the-neck pitched guitar riffs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Once again, Hubbard has proven his worth after 40 years in the business.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Beautifully more simple than any of our mythmaking delusions, Blonde is Ocean’s life as he experiences it: fluid and fluctuating, one man in motion. This is what freedom sounds like.
    • 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.
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    • 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.