Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,296 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:
2,296 music reviews
    • 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
    • 84 Critic Score
    Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave is The Twilight Sad’s most demanding album, dragging listeners from burning coals to murky, cold depths.
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The sound is more psychedeli-danceable than ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    At just over a half hour long, it's more EP than album, but even these (ostensible) B-sides make for a giddy and infectious sprint.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    America is still undoubtedly an epic, but maybe not the world-addressing opus that Deacon might've wanted to make.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It stitches psychotic school dance vibes among the surf garage in a hurried splendor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This record isn't simply a record, it's an emotional, intricate experience that keeps on after the instrumental break.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    He’s just a great singer, backed by great players he puts to good use on a set of sticky, deceptively inventive songs
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    "The enemy is everywhere" is The Monitor's twice-invoked refrain, the central thesis of an album that's both uncompromisingly bleak and impossible to ignore.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The album's lyrics don’t always make sense, but then again, English isn’t their first language, and words aren’t the point here, the danceable beats and moody ambience are.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Renaissance is the logical extension of this exploratory work, coupled with Q-Tip’s need to, once and for all, step out from behind Tribe’s long, dominant shadow, and in many respects (if not all), it succeeds wildly in both dimensions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eagle is the ultimate cohesion of Callahan’s singular storytelling and bewitching delivery.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's third and possibly best full-length leans in a bit harder than usual, and dazzles throughout.