Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,267 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 X&Y
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,267 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many records like this one, and if you give it time and it catches you, you'll probably still be listening to it when the deal goes down and your own ship comes in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LaVette deepens their meaning with a slow-burn commitment to the lyrical nuance and the emotional resonance in the melodies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection is the band's tightest and most cohesive, and they do so without losing any of the grit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Psychedelic Pill may be the best album Neil Young has ever done with Crazy Horse.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No bonus tracks, no live filler--no reason to mess around when the perfection was in the pacing.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there’s ever been an album that deserves the lavish, borderline-unnecessary reissue treatment, it’s this pop behemoth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking emotional truths and cutting to the quick, her razor-sharp sense of detail has never been sharper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Kveikur is more anxious and busy than a lot of their past output, it still possesses the heavenly quality all their other records so admirably held on to as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any reasonable aesthetic criteria, Southeastern is a triumph.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gems on All Hail West Texas capture the pain and beauty of humans’ entanglements with each other.... These days it’s the loneliness of the album, and just the idea of the space that is West Texas, a vast and largely unpopulated sprawl, that hits home.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The musical maturity is the most notable and commendable part of No Blues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Caramel and Mockasin definitely takes you on one hell of an adventure. Even though it might leave you feeling a little softened and dehydrated, I can’t wait to re-lace up my skates and embark on the next one.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This new 35-track Legacy Edition’s ample extras--revved-up outtakes, forlorn covers, rare live cuts and, best of all, its strikingly hungry lo-fi demos--provide an intriguing peek behind the curtain at a young band flush with potential.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    St. Vincent, instead, entertains and provokes at every turn and is disarmingly self-assured.
    • 69 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spiderland is a record that will sound just as exciting 20 years from now. Call it the gift that keeps on giving.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From a purely sonic standpoint, these new versions are impossible to disregard.... The bonus material on Led Zeppelin II and III is more revelatory, showcasing the band’s creative process through assorted alternate takes and rough mixes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Produced by Bayley under executive production of Epworth, the album is bizarre, gorgeous, playful and dark--and it’s absolutely mesmerizing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A boldly traditional, and fantastically well-rounded album of rock ‘n’ roll.
    • 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.