Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,392 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Score distribution:
2,392 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Treats is just a whole goddamn lot of fun to listen to. It's a supremely raw and visceral pop masterwork, one appropriate to rocking out with headphones on, windows-down bumping on car stereos, four-A.M. warehouse dance parties and countless other summer moments that'll soon have soundtracks courtesy of Sleigh Bells.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Kiss Each Other Clean has the potential to please longtime fans and generate plenty of new ones.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's just so utterly satisfying.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From the first sung note of Hummingbird, Local Natives are frank in their presentation of a serious album, challenging listeners to heal along with them; cognizant that investment is proportional to remuneration.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Powerfully, the evolution of the songcraft on Muchacho doesn’t arrive as a random left turn but instead progresses directly out of Phosphorescent’s own canon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Don’t blink--no mere mid-career album, Monomania registers as an absolute impact event, a massive dirty blast marking the moment Deerhunter’s steady trajectory spins out of control.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Sleeper is an album worthy of adorning your shelf until the shelf itself crumbles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a perfect storm of great songwriting paired with some timely, frank admissions from Grace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There is no end to the nuances and subtleties that lay within. Find your starting point and start exploring.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Sylvan Esso is as cerebral as it is sexy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the ruminating about the world and wanderlust, lullaby’s potency comes from affairs of the heart, love lost and sought, and the jagged loneliness of failing to stay bonded.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is an album about vision, movement and manifestation. It’s about removing oneself from the familiar to tap into the brain’s ability to create unprecedented and inspiring art. Success.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most fascinating aspect of this collection is how the artistic scales within the band tipped back and forth in these early days before they found the true balance that carried them through the six studio albums they made post-1984. Within this box set, it takes all eight discs to get to that point, but the moment-by-moment journey is a fascinating one marked with some remarkable pop songs.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Little Honey finds Williams in celebratory mode, with raucous rock, bluesy testimonies and tongue-in-cheek twang.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With Fire on Corridor X, All the Saints seem less interested in renovating the house that noise built than burning the whole thing to the ground.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a marching band that’s veered way out of formation, and is making utterly original music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Like "The Pirate's Gospel," her cruelly unheralded 2006 debut, To Be Still is a staggering meditation on the idea of home in its many forms, and shares its predecessor's knowing heart--young, but already familiar with the tugging weights of time, family and love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The result is a nearly flawless, organic LP.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not every song is perfect, but perfection is boring. What we need in these weary times--and what Passion Pit brings--is exuberance. Manners delivers the elusive feeling that everything will be alright. Or, just maybe, that everything already is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It’s his most ambitious undertaking to date, and while it presents no obvious singles or easy entry points, he pulls it off without it feeling pretentious or ponderous.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The joy of The Promise: The Lost Sessions of Darkness on the Edge of Town for any serious Boss employee is the notable twinkle of notions that would later grow into classic rock staples.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The authenticity that appeared in patches throughout his last record, The Sun Is Always Brighter, steers his latest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fade is just 10 distinctive, beautiful songs in 45 minutes meant to show their languid new peers (Real Estate, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, what have you) who's boss. It shouldn't work. It's to that roaring 20-year streak's goodwill that it does.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    AM
    Arctic Monkeys arrive at the end of AM a lot wiser than they may have appeared from the slow opening stomp of the LP.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Whether exposing light or dark, or some blank hue in the middle, Barnes has all but bulls-eyed his status as a brilliantly daring artist on Lousy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Spanning 22 tracks and the great sprawl of a nation, Big Wheel and Others compiles more of these vital impressions than any of McCombs’ previous releases, documenting something so damned beautifully alive--so restless and sensual and swinging and true--the album accrues power by virtue of its breadth.