Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,172 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 London Calling [25th Anniversary Legacy Edition]
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,172 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The results of these experiments can be on the nose, like doing a gender switch on Brazilian extreme metal act Sarcofago.... Others take a little bit of unpacking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Although cobbled from six different shows, Live at the Cellar Door sounds like a cohesive entity. The recordings have been remastered with such love; each string on Young’s acoustic rings with clarity and weight, and each crack in his voice stings with resonance. And yet, a distant haze pervades the record that could convince listeners that this is an actual bootleg on wax.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like New Orleans itself, the album understands how to strut. But it also knows its manners. For all his funky pedigree, Toussaint comes off as a picture of elegance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The release finds the New Jersey trio, which also features Jarrett Dougherty on drums and King Mike on bass, exploring not only space-filling arrangements that are impressive for the lean band, but also hard-hitting and catchy tracks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even as the songs triangulate the nexus of Marc Bolan, Iggy Pop and Doug Sahm, the album never sounds beholden to rock history. It’s more of an autobiographical undertaking, as if Escovedo is taking stock of his life, his career and his record collection—which are all essentially the same thing. As a result, each song sounds like a new chapter in a larger story and Real Animal like a new installment in an ongoing epic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Old
    He has wound up producing an album that transcends much of the typical hype bullshit and seems destined to stand as a unifying record, leaving no one asking for Danny Brown’s resume when he receives his share of the spotlight, making his sense of humor an ingredient rather than the whole meal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Their jagged power pop has been refreshingly consistent, but never lax. And I Hate Music--the band’s second post-hiatus release since 2010’s Majesty Shredding--is no different.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Silver Bell is generally best when it’s quietest, when Griffin’s vocals don’t have to compete with a denser sound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many records like this one, and if you give it time and it catches you, you'll probably still be listening to it when the deal goes down and your own ship comes in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, White's still an enigma, and so is Blunderbuss, its mysteries unfolding in odd ways when you least expect it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Wolf Parade may be dark and spastic, its updates on indie formula... are undeniably impressive. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.140]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes something wonderful comes along that won't force you to estimate how "important" it will sound at year's end. Attack on Memory is one of those wonderful things.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As much as some of the songs on Wine Dark Sea fail to reach the level of some of her previous efforts, Jolie Holland deserves praise for the risks she took with it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The album's M.O. is summed up by the title of its shortest whirlwind: "Evil." It feels good to be this bad.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Seldom have classical delicacy, rock attitude and pop vitality coexisted with such improbable ease.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Tribal sounds loom large, kettle drums popping holes in the mix over deadpan synths and cozy blankets of noise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music never seems to come from a place of desire to convey something true or honest from within DeMarco, but instead it paints variations of past emotions, interpret others’ honesty, gives a distorted remembrance of the past for a more entertaining present.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Be
    In a year that has also brought the envelope-pushing production work of Edan’s album Beauty and the Beast, the rehashed soul sometimes comes off limp, too content with itself and its well-worn form to challenge the genre’s status quo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brighter Than Creation’s Dark belongs to Mike Cooley, who contributes seven of his best, most rousing songs about hard-luck characters—the kind you know and probably avoid--proving the Truckers are at their best singing about people at their worst.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Hunter, their finest album yet, is proof enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Scandalous isn't a throwback, it's a throw forward.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Snider has always followed his own path, always been the champion of the underdog -- the patron saint of all the wonderful weirdoes out there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These songs are like shit-eating grins from ear to ear, and you can simply feel that they're played with such happiness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though a few more outbursts could've given Swim more punch, it stays afloat-austere, chilling and beautiful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Grinderman's rough-and-tumble democracy makes for an exciting, illicit affair, it's only that: a gorgeous bit of rough trade to scratch that seven-year itch. [May 2007, p.62]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    It all works in context.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from better production values, little has changed about the Scotsmen’s formula.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The disjointed nature of Under Color’s thrust somehow catapults its enjoyability.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The self-harmonization superimposed over extreme syncopation and electronic looping on nikki nack sometimes teeters on too heady.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Through a unified blend of graceful melodies and powerful vocals, William Elliott Whitmore generates a sincere message-to reap a sweet harvest of happiness, listeners must work through the fields of pain.