Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,266 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 X&Y
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,266 music reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a master wordsmith who believes in simplicity over all, he’s excavated the human heart, calloused pride and faltering dignity with a scalpel. On Picture, it’s all there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to imagine another situation in which plinking pixie sounds, recurrent madrigal noises and radiant folk poetry could be categorically described as honking huge, but for all its girth, Have One On Me is packed with magic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Underneath the orchestral flourishes and children’s choirs, beneath even the frequent textural shifts and melodic detours, are a set of melodies that find new ways to cut straight to the listener every time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Mixing deathless classics (“Here,” “Gold Soundz,” “Range Life,”) with a few non-album gems (“Frontwards”), it’s a near-ideal primer on the savviest slacker-rock band ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The result is the most thoroughly engaging entry in the Dirty Projectors catalog and one of the most singularly engrossing albums likely to be released this year, a triumph in sustained creative restlessness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The new songs on this already-strong collection only elevate the ceiling of Ware’s potential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vivid document not only of how far Wilco has come, but also of how distinct its vision has been all along. [Dec 2005, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking emotional truths and cutting to the quick, her razor-sharp sense of detail has never been sharper.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Powerfully, the evolution of the songcraft on Muchacho doesn’t arrive as a random left turn but instead progresses directly out of Phosphorescent’s own canon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The indie vets consolidate their talents, channeling the eclectic scope of their live shows into a 78-minute demonstration of control, confidence and imaginative songwriting. [Sep 2006, p.72]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a surprisingly visceral first listen, Chemistry reveals itself to be expertly crafted record with hidden subtleties at every turn.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The two discs offered here brim with ideas, some more navel-gazing than others. [#16, p.143]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In an era of hype and hyperbole where such a word has lost its meaning, Old Ideas is in the truest sense a masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gentler surroundings encourage Finn to calm down and sing with a lilt of compassion. [Nov 2006, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    On songs like these, she resists the temptation to play the spurned frontierswoman out for revenge. She’s a little wounded, a little scared, a little less of a caricature and a little more human.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There’s a sense of purpose and forward motion on this record where old tracks had a feeling of circling in place until the tape eroded.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    St. Vincent reaches, and while she doesn't quite find it throughout, listening to the reach is certainly more interesting than listening to an album that answers just one of the questions again and again and again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Though High Violet lacks the front-to-back consistency that made Boxer such an unmitigated revelation, the new album's peaks absolutely rival Boxer's best tracks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The lack of universality to much of it keeps it from being the great album it wants to be, and some of the fascination seems to stem from 2013 celebrity culture obsession and speaks to the need to disappear from our own lives and become so wrapped up in the world of the rich and famous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hawley's empathic delivery reveals the indelible stamp these relationships leave on his protagonists' hearts. [Dec 2005, p.126]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A preciously solemn soundtrack for blustery days. [Dec 2005, p.124]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even putting aside his berserk, imagination-defying technical skill--he stays deep enough in the pocket to get lost there--there's not a wasted breath on R.A.P. Music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Only Bejar knows the logic behind his musical metamorphoses, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy an album as smart and as beguiling as Kaputt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Not everyone will be pleased, but those hooked on Swim will be thrilled.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It’s all danger and gangsters and loving the ladies when there’s a spare minute. Meanwhile, amidst the hootin’ and hollerin’, the soul will be sated, and saved.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The rural, pure, gospel-meets-banjos-meets-trumpets sound of the record is irrevocably essential Helm, yet the soulful songsmith manages to avoid repetition in his new album.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Love’s Crushing Diamond never is over-intellectualized, but it lets emotion guide the trajectory, and taking something away from the album is dependent on the listener’s willingness to feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Björk weaves into Medúlla a palpable longing for a simpler world--a world predating smart bombs and collapsing towers, a world in which life revolved around the expressive raising of one’s voice, both solitarily and in concert with others.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The stormy, steely drones and security-camera rhetoric can almost feel like he's compensating for something. But that doesn't stop it from being weirdly charming through its relentless sneer.