Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,306 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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Late Registration
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,306 music reviews
    • 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
    • 75 Critic Score
    The upside is that they remain a compelling and unpredictable outfit even two decades into their career, but the downside is that What’s Your 20 is more or less redundant. These songs all sound so much better on their respective albums.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While it’s certainly still working for him now—This Is Happening is, in all respects, LCD’s best album—it doesn’t take much to imagine the act becoming a tired gag a couple more albums down the line.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Treats is just a whole goddamn lot of fun to listen to. It's a supremely raw and visceral pop masterwork, one appropriate to rocking out with headphones on, windows-down bumping on car stereos, four-A.M. warehouse dance parties and countless other summer moments that'll soon have soundtracks courtesy of Sleigh Bells.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A deeply internalized album, it’s The National at their Nationalest. It is, as well, a collection of songs about songs: clever but not meta, and thankfully never cute or self-impressed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s this friction between the worldly and the cosmic, the erotic and the angry, that gives these songs their unique spark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live at Canterbury House, the latest in a series of live recordings from his archives, is pretty simple-left track is voice, right track acoustic guitar. Simplicity, as is evident here, serves him quite well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Remnant’s vision is so utterly singular, weird and compelling that you’ll stick around for this mapless journey. God only knows where they’re going, but being lost is most of the fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unpredictably unique. [Dec 2005, p.126]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The collection offers a glimpse inside the band’s development, and at times has an air of what might have been even as it reinforces Tweedy’s overall artistic vision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s a beautiful blast of humanity on an album--a perplexing, fascinating, absorbing album--that often feels outside normal human grasp.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While any given song on the album contains a memorable melodic passage or a compelling idea, some of them are more mixed in their results.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is distinct pastoral element at work in the Tallest Man on Earth's songs. He invokes the elements and the myriad forces nature: rivers, islands, rocks, clouds, birds, meadows, rainstorms, hail, forests, weeds, lilies and wheat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Far from formulaic, Cronin’s sophomore release, MCII, is a nuanced collage of quintessentially “California” pop songs--or, at the very least, how the rest of the country perceives such songs to look and feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    One of the more impressive things about Say What You Mean is Weiss’ ability to stretch her songwriting to give each track its own distinct vibe that keeps the album fresh over multiple listens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a record that often elevates the listener through its integrity and intensity, and sometimes grates through its failure to find the right music to express its complex lyrical sentiments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Olsen shares graciously in her music, and if you are willing, Burn a Fire for No Witness will change your world. Or, actually, it will change how you see your world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Each track deserves mention. Knowing Superchunk, Diarrhea Planet, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor, Mike Watt and the Missingmen are just a few of the other stand-outs shows why Bloodshot, two decades in, remains so compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a slim volume to add to the Timony collection--never ambitious but absolutely fun, a record from three women who feel comfortable with each other and just want to play loud.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    With a sprawling soundscape and off-the-wall lyrics, Dark Day/Light Years is a quite trip--often in more ways than one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The [anti-war] track hits so hard, in fact, that it renders much of the other material inconsequential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The album as a whole, though uneasy listening, is big, powerful, and often overwhelming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For enthusiasts of the genre it's an indispensable staple and a welcome rediscovery. [Dec 2006, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Not everyone will be pleased, but those hooked on Swim will be thrilled.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if Heavy Ghost doesn’t feel fully unfurled--or if it unfurled for too long, with all those years spent gestating--Stith still continues to demonstrate his symphonic talents and deep care for texture and timbre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beam has managed to tweak and in?ate his signature sound without sacri?cing any of its considerable charm.