Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,172 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 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:
2,172 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing about Destroyer's Rubies that might shock existing fans is that Bejar's execution, ambition and passion have been buffed to a high shine. [Apr/May 2006, p.102]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An efficient 33 minutes, Broken Boy Soldiers supplies the summer's most gas-conscious road tunes. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.128]
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the music so compelling is not its frame of reference... but the flair and originality with which it's put across. [Sep 2006, p.70]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At last, Will Oldham as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has given us a record of cryptic romanticism to complement the silver-rimmed bleakness of his 1999 masterpiece I See A Darkness. [Sep 2006, p.73]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album becomes more intoxicatingly hermetic with each successive song, taking you as deep as you dare to go. [Nov 2006, p.79]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gentler surroundings encourage Finn to calm down and sing with a lilt of compassion. [Nov 2006, p.80]
    • 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]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Legend has grown by leaps on this disc, delivering a richer sound and more adventurous experimentation. [Dec 2006, p.88]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Living With The Living rocks so much harder, spits more venom and cuts closer to the bone than just about anything else out there today. [Apr 2007, p.50]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such arty, at times enervating, digressions highlight Icky Thump’s curious weight; whereas Elephant’s dinosaur-rock stomp got cut with fragile acoustic turns, there is little reprieve here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is much to be excited about here and virtually nothing to poo-poo.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The resulting album is as lean, rambunctious and snarling as its predecessor was stately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beam has managed to tweak and in?ate his signature sound without sacri?cing any of its considerable charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This cosmopolitan quartet has streamlined ska, post-punk, chamber music and Afropop into a glorious ultramodern groove.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slim’s range and depth are on full display this time out--with Langhorne Slim, he has painted his first near masterpiece, marking himself as a true artist whose work should be followed with a careful ear from here on out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a surprisingly visceral first listen, Chemistry reveals itself to be expertly crafted record with hidden subtleties at every turn.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saint Dymphna is a dangerously sane blueprint for producers trying to capture what "futuristic" sounds like right now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Microcastle is hardly straightforward, it’s an aggressive step toward the mainstream that sacrifices none of Deerhunter’s woozy adventurousness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rio
    The innocent appeal of Milagros’ tiny voice, though, is universal. And so is Aterciopelados’ music, which transcends all language barriers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live at Canterbury House, the latest in a series of live recordings from his archives, is pretty simple-left track is voice, right track acoustic guitar. Simplicity, as is evident here, serves him quite well.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eagle is the ultimate cohesion of Callahan’s singular storytelling and bewitching delivery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether soft or loud, these 12 songs are exquisite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controversy nearly obscured the resounding triumph of the album itself; written and produced by Burton and Linkous, it's a breathtaking set of atmospheric ballads (plus a few rockers) that explore cosmic concerns, from the self-destructive trap of revenge to the possibility of spiritual renewal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a remarkable work, and while Moby may find himself once more providing the soundtrack to every trendy restaurant and automobile ad for the next 18 months, what’s best about this record is that it’s just that: an album, meant to be consumed the old-school way, front-to-back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although meant to honor?father Johnny’s musical tastes, The List better serves as an exquisite reminder of Rosanne’s own history of artistic rebelliousness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The production is thick but elegant, applied with full knowledge that the songs could exist beautifully in a sparse acoustic-strummed daze, but that they deserve more than that.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's what you hope for from your favorite artists in your best moments -- evolution, a little difficulty and, especially, something new.