Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,445 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
Highest review score: 100 Third
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,445 music reviews
    • 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]
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    • 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
    • 77 Critic Score
    Ambitious, Parry conjures rather than creates in concrete. The fierce regimentation gives way to something watery, something that pulls things out of you.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    23
    23's mannered downtown aura and etched elegance are sustained for its duration, marking it as one of the prolific band's finest to date. [Apr 2007, p.55]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Ryley Walker’s talents are enormous. The praise for his second full-length ought to be the same.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Andorra belongs on a hip continuum but something about it still feels slightly cold--it's a druggy album that's too precise to be made with drugs, a lush album that’s too filigreed to be emotional.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Boy
    It’s another glorious achievement for an artist who has created so much amazing art since arriving into the world fully formed way back in 1982.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the relentless effect of Full Communism: an album that makes you think, an album that urges you to take action, an album encompassed by an energy that cannot be summarized.
    • 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
    • 81 Critic Score
    While Foil Deer will not likely be a commercial breakthrough, it is instead the work, and the success, of a band with different goals than increasing their festival poster font.
    • 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.