Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,325 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 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Pacific Ocean Blue [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,325 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even more than those artists' fantastic new albums, Deerhoof vs. Evil musically captures the essence of this hard-to-fathom-but-entirely-possible future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If 1998's Car Wheels on as Gravel Road stands as the high point of Williams' self-involved period, Blessed just as masterfully traces the bursting heart and smoldering soul of her humanity. This is as deep and true as the song form gets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Paper Airplanes features a stellar set of songs that should continue to expand upon Alison Krauss' already-great reputation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For now, Pecknold and his bandmates are important cogs in the indie-music scene - with a few more albums akin to Helplessness Blues under their belts, they may soon fit just as nicely into the canon of American folk music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It retains the beautiful melancholy of For Emma, but in nearly every way, it's just more. More layered, more diverse, more interesting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise Again is an indispensable recording from one of the world's most important living artists.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marissa Nadler hints at larger tragedies and losses, implying an overarching break-up narrative that gives each song added force.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her dexterity in juxtaposing genres, infusing her swooping jazz-singing with near-gospel fervor, kittenish moans and shameless spoken exhortations is commanding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album not only surpasses its predecessor but raises the bar for any band, indie or otherwise, mining the past for inspiration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing feels even remotely stale, and many of these tracks manage to actually improve upon their original counterparts--no small feat, considering the fact that these are some of the finest songs ever written.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sessions are a great listen when you have time to sift through it all, and the package gives hardcore fans more than enough material to immerse themselves in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song a casual fan would know is here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They may have just crafted a masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the details that make Prophet explode.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Release Me, his final album of an almost 30-year career for Curb, finds him resolutely steadfast in his excellence and eclecticism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sweeping confession of sanctification, embrace and glory, this is deliverance personified.