Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,447 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Score distribution:
2,447 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Second Hand Heart is put together like a great live set.... The album also realizes that rare goal of gaining steam and strength as it carries forward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The duo impressively join a raft of other legacy artists (David Bowie, Black Sabbath) in proving that getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your passion for creativity or, in the case of Electric, your libido.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Modern Vampires is Rostam Batmanglij’s album. Like a character actor stealing the movie from the lead, he pretty much owns these songs, filling them with eccentric flourishes of sound that are both jarring and perfect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s a true piece of art, and we’re lucky Godspeed You! Black Emperor gave listeners a proper document.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    El Camino is yet another ear-pleasing installment in the catalog of a consistently impressive band.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s plenty to chew on with his latest, Dream River. And that’s just the lyrics, whose weightiness is given more heft by his controlled baritone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tha Carter III hearkens to when rap meant rapp: Isaac Hayes talking for days about some girl he broke with, or Bobby Womack signifying while strumming a blues guitar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The urgency and bile are palpable. [Oct 2006, p.84]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At last, Will Oldham as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has given us a record of cryptic romanticism to complement the silver-rimmed bleakness of his 1999 masterpiece I See A Darkness. [Sep 2006, p.73]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On Don’t Do Anything, she succeeds beautifully by doing nothing more than being the best possible version of herself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    HEAL ultimately sounds like a transitional album, and as such reveals both unexpected strengths and weaknesses.