Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,306 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:
2,306 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Okkervil River itself performs here with an organic ease that’s dramatic without reaching for histrionics, continuing to tattoo its rough folkish flesh with Motown horns, power-pop overdrive and chugging New Wave bass.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Elegiac by intent, the record is awash in poignancy, radiating from the deeply felt guitar and vocal performances of the 83-year-old King and his supporting band (anchored by drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Nathan East and pianist Dr. John) and from the carefully chosen material.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both anxious and anthemic, the third most famous band from Leeds, England (behind Gang of Four and the Mekons) lobs social commentary as sharp as drummer Nick Hodgson’s ties, and tackles subjects as brainy as evolutionary biology ('Like It Too Much,'), the tenets of self-help ('Tomato In the Rain') and gender politics ('Remember You’re A Girl'), all at breakneck speed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nine albums and eight years in, it’s time to stop trying to figure out what the hell Animal Collective--vocalist/guitarist Avey Tare, percussionist/vocalist Panda Bear and knob-twiddler Geologist--is, and just enjoy the orgasmic rush of danceable rock.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Their new record Blue Lights On The Runway has the potential to turn X1 into a stateside #1.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Andy Votel’s encyclopedic liner notes and a Gainsbourg interview make this version the definitive reissue for the as-yet unsullied.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The young band has learned a great secret: It’s possible to make a massive, commercial, go-for-the-gusto Rock Record while still holding on to dark idiosyncrasies and seriousness of purpose.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Underneath the orchestral flourishes and children’s choirs, beneath even the frequent textural shifts and melodic detours, are a set of melodies that find new ways to cut straight to the listener every time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The singer/songwriter takes the back seat and lets the college kids channel their inner Folds, and they successfully do so--often stealing the spotlight away from Folds.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an album that knocks you over at first. But when you gather yourself, get back on your feet and listen again, you'll want to hit the play button a second time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The official release of Nirvana’s headlining performance at the 1992 Reading Festival feels at once indescribable and quaint.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This unrelenting but beautiful melancholy forms the glut of Courage. Beauty is key here, especially with a song like “Bring Down,” where an otherwise depressing dirge is given liftoff by Smith’s sweet harmony and a twittering flute.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Jack and Meg careen from riff to riff, idea to idea, clinging for dear life as they dig their spurs into the mythical rodeo beast of rock ’n’ roll. Their lean guitar-and-drums approach allows them to turn on a dime, following any stormy muse they please.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The ArchAndroid is a fully immersive, theatrical experience. It's a near-perfect R&B album; hell, it's a fantastic hip-hop, psychedelic, neo-soul, dance and orchestral album too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The album is saturated with high poly-harmonies, finger-snaps and hand claps, but the Charles Atlas-invoking title communicates Wavves' real agenda--"nyah-nyah" pop sucker-punches, sunny smiles so forced they come off as sneers, intense self-deprecation as psychic body armor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The production is bright and clear, and the arrangements showcase the star.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No song seems out of place and every single one will be your favorite the moment you listen to it because of extremely quotable songs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything combines to enrich, enliven and add texture to the band's wild aesthetic, which is unlike anything else you're going to experience this year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This album is pure, 10-bandaided-finger combustibility--the notes need room to breathe, like a freshly uncorked keg of moonshine, each pluck of each string hitching a ride on the cool, Allegheny mountain breeze.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tomorrowland is like a good, ol' fashioned rock anthem of kiss-my-asschaps autonomy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    II
    On II, Bad Books have proven that they are more than Manchester Orchestra with Kevin Devine or vice versa by dropping any ego and making a cohesive record. Thankfully, all of us reap the benefit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It shouldn’t work--they went all or nothing. They got all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What could be unwieldy becomes a vast patchwork of influences buoying empowerment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pusha T paints a vivid picture of the things he knows best throughout My Name Is My Name.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Seeing a band carry on the complexities of long-form songs, especially when giving their entire selves up to the process while they’re at it, is the boldest a debut can be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Anyone weaned on the fizzy punk abandon of Bleach-era Nirvana--that holy union of feedback-dappled punk on metal--will identify almost rapturously with The Wytches’ studied homage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She’s in perfect form.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically dynamic and emotionally complex. [#13, p.132]
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