Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,350 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:
2,350 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Whole Love reveals itself as their finest album since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Each and every song sticks out musically for one reason or another--whether it’s the groovy bass line of “Sick of Words,” or the various movements of “Somewhere Unoccupied.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not recommended for people with heart conditions or pregnant mothers, but for those of you looking for visceral thrills, this is it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a perfect storm of great songwriting paired with some timely, frank admissions from Grace.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A study in elemental force that rides the line between thrash and plod with enlightened originality and compositional skill to spare. [Dec 2006, p.89]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dream is a go-for-broke collection that not only creates and sustains a hi-fi drowse-pop drama throughout its 10 beguiling songs, but comes across like a logical and gorgeous extension of all the band’s previous dreams.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mary Gauthier is a natural-born yarn-spinner, and her latest album--an autobiographical account of childhood abandonment and failed reconciliation--is quintessential Gauthier: tender and pained, yet ultimately harmonious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On live disc Ramble at the Ryman, with a characteristically exuberant blend of rock, blues, country, and folk, Helm proves himself once again to be one of our most vibrant conservators of traditional Americana.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They've been freaks; they've been lover-boys. Now they're spaced-out romantics.
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s a Giving Tree scenario, spun out with strings and a subdued power-ballad build, and it sets the stage for the worldly decay catalogued throughout (a)spera with the help of several gifted collaborators.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Major/Minor is nothing short of very good (with emphasis on "very").
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A boldly traditional, and fantastically well-rounded album of rock ‘n’ roll.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From beginning to end, it's as heartwarming and heartbreaking an album as you're likely to hear this year. [Aug 2006, p.86]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    She's closely attentive to the particulars of her folk songs, which allows them to reveal deeper and darker secrets with each listen and to resonate long after the record has stopped spinning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amidst blistering tritone riffs and arpeggiated chords is a group keener to explore sonic harmony than crank the distortion. Crack the Skye is an epic trek across the space-time continuum, entirely on Mastodon’s terms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What could be unwieldy becomes a vast patchwork of influences buoying empowerment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    To say Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is a textural album is probably stating the obvious, but it very much is, in a way where the individual tracks feel simultaneously adventurous and tamed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Yellow & Green casts off the shackles of expectation while simultaneously taking a measured step in the direction of accessibility.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s the one of the best QOTSA records to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It took a few listens for In Conflict to really hit, but, like a friendship that grows deeper with time, I can’t imagine not having the album around now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    As easy as it is to enjoy, there is something fleeting in its pleasures, as if it isn’t quite complete without occupying the same spaces as the band.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Europe continues down the path set in 2010 and pushes forward with humble richness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    For all its careful historical detail and empathetic characterizations, Canary is decidedly topical: This historical setting becomes a means for a band of bookish young men to understand their own place and time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Broken Social Scene builds on gentle nuances, compounding its effect incrementally with each track.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Producer Brian Deck understands that Beam's music is fragile. [Apr/May 2005, p.132]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is an artfully conceived and executed, heartfelt and evocative work, and I suspect it's precisely the kind of album Garvey and his mates wanted to make, and in the U.K. - where it was released in early March - the reviews have been uniformly rhapsodic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    These are some of the sweetest and sauciest love songs ever recorded, and no one should have any doubt that he means every word of them. This set should also lay to rest any questions about the importance of Half Japanese.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the details that make Prophet explode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Lyrics have always been the focal point of Bazan's music, and here they carry a vast majority of the weight.