Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,100 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Pacific Ocean Blue [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,100 music reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    St. Vincent, instead, entertains and provokes at every turn and is disarmingly self-assured.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lucius’ infectious melodies, keen self-awareness and shameless authenticity sweep through all 11 songs, making Wildewoman one of the most complete indie pop LPs this year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ages and Ages have undergone lineup changes and lots of peripheral personal battles and have somehow managed to internalize and later deduce how to navigate the avenues of their own lives in triumphant--and insanely memorable--song. In the process, they’ve come out with one of this year’s best all-around albums.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is the first album where his artistry seems fully realized, both in terms of subject matter and performance. Witty, balanced and highly charged.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s an infectious album that blooms repeatedly throughout, unfolding in muted, endearing aural hues; simultaneously sad and celebratory, and always charming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like New Orleans itself, the album understands how to strut. But it also knows its manners. For all his funky pedigree, Toussaint comes off as a picture of elegance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The result is the most thoroughly engaging entry in the Dirty Projectors catalog and one of the most singularly engrossing albums likely to be released this year, a triumph in sustained creative restlessness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Arctic Monkeys collect their darkest impulses and put them on stark display; it’s another massive step forward in a career that seems marked for greatness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Lyrics have always been the focal point of Bazan's music, and here they carry a vast majority of the weight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    MS may have temporarily slowed the Athens, Ga., musician’s output, but it has not diminished its quality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Seldom have classical delicacy, rock attitude and pop vitality coexisted with such improbable ease.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The album’s crisp production captures every nuance of Hendrix’ technical wizardry—drums snap and guitars burble in simpatico, offering a hazy and heavy backdrop to road-trip yarns (“Stone Free”), flirtations with bluegrass (“Crying Blue”) and show-stopping covers (“Sunshine of Your Love” and “Bleeding Heart”).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    She found it in herself to make yet another gorgeous, melancholy, old-souled record.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    On Cosmogramma, this never-ending stream of aural textures sounds effortless, and the enthralling swirl of jazz, drum 'n' bass, dubstep and hip-hop beckons you toward the edge of something damn near cosmic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Seemingly able to kick out a chug-a-lug stomper with absolute ease at this point, the best moments on Infinite Arms center around Bridwell’s growing confidence in the his deadliest weapon: his voice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Snider has always followed his own path, always been the champion of the underdog -- the patron saint of all the wonderful weirdoes out there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's the seamless simplicity in which the record flows that defines this masterful debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rave On Buddy Holly takes classic tracks and, for the most part, offers instantly memorable covers of them. It's not quite an A, but it's as close as anything I've reviewed in a while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    LaVere could rest on her lyrics alone, which are witty and feisty enough to stand on their own, but by giving her band boundless license to indulge any whim or eccentricity, she has crafted a well-rounded album that is already among the year's best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Gorgeous and personal, the band has delivered a record that is not only the product of years of trial and error, but also the rarity of a truly talented storyteller.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Unlike many career-spanning sets, Blur 21 is perfectly arranged, with each studio album living on its own disc, accompanied by another disc of era-specific bonus material like singles, compilation tracks, remixes and more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The time-tested tracks not only showcase the band doing what they do best in notoriously long, dramatic, panic-inducing instrumentals but are also startling reminders on why the band was so vital and lead such a movement to begin with.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s a rollicking, exciting and inspiring tussle in a corner of Thao’s cheerful quilt of a discography.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With Birthmarks, Born Ruffians bring us a deeply personal album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It stitches psychotic school dance vibes among the surf garage in a hurried splendor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    So no, you don’t get a remastered version of one of your favorite albums. But you definitely do get your money’s worth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s the one of the best QOTSA records to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Volume 1 is beautifully played and uplifting to listen to from beginning to end.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There’s nothing for Danilova to hide behind here, and having her so present throughout this album is breathtaking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The combination of loose fun and pinpoint accuracy here is bracing, and Califone’s sheer originality is a great counterpoint to the many acts trying desperately to live up to the legacy of their formers.