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
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 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.