Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,232 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 Illinois
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,232 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We keep hearing that rock and roll is a feeling, right? The Stones inhabited that feeling seamlessly here, mainly because the murk fizzed and fused those seams together.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling, Epic/Legacy has outdone itself.
    • 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.
    • 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
    No bonus tracks, no live filler--no reason to mess around when the perfection was in the pacing.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The good news is that the extras that come along with the albums are fantastic. There’s not much that the completest won’t have heard, but most people will be really happy to have the best of the band’s B -sides, extended 12-inch versions and EP extras collected on three CDs.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    From a purely sonic standpoint, these new versions are impossible to disregard.... The deluxe edition bonus material is more hit-or-miss. Since the Led Zeppelin vaults had basically already been emptied, Page tosses in a bonus Paris live show from 1969; the eight-track set has already circulated as a bootleg for years, and it remains inessential.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The standout package here is unsurprisingly Siamese Dream, which is filled with an abundance of demos, alternate b-sides and acoustic versions of songs. One needs to look no further than Corgan's newfound onstage confidence in the "Live at the Metro, 1993" DVD included in the box to see that the Smashing Pumpkins have gone from a band with great ideas to a band with great songs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    American Radical Patriot is a treasure that’s flat-out perfect. Music doesn’t get any better than this.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The joy of The Promise: The Lost Sessions of Darkness on the Edge of Town for any serious Boss employee is the notable twinkle of notions that would later grow into classic rock staples.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    On Dark Twisted Fantasy, West surrounds himself with gruff collaborators like Pusha T of Clipse and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Barring some future set that includes vials of the musicians' blood, sweat, and tears, this will stand as the definitive version of Icky Mettle-an answered prayer to new and old fans that makes these songs sound startlingly present.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it shines a giant and unmistakable signal toward the direct and poppy approach the band would undertake on their next few albums, Pageant still retains the mumbles of Murmur, the jangles of Reckoning, and the rustic tones of Fables of the Reconstruction.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The official release of Nirvana’s headlining performance at the 1992 Reading Festival feels at once indescribable and quaint.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would be a mistake to dismiss this box set as a bunch of leftovers of interest only to Waits fanatics. There is some filler, it’s true, but there are also more than a dozen songs that rank with his best work.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Billed as something of a multimedia breakthrough, the 10 discs here present good--and often great--music paired with sub-standard video content. Unreleased tracks? They’re here, although in disappointing quantity and quality.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The compassionate understanding of human nature, is the guiding ethos behind Channel Orange, a very beautiful album about not-so-beautiful people.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This slick new edition furthers the case for Raw Power as The Stooges' greatest work--as if there was any question.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The expansive tracklisting makes for a CD-era 70+ minute listening experience. You can appreciate the varied approach that John and Bernie Taupin brought to the studio with the balladry (“Candle In The Wind,” surprisingly not a US-charting song), the ballsy (“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”) and the busy (“Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)”) even if the results led to a less-than-cohesive album on the whole. As with many Elton John albums, there are hidden gems to be found.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A unique, remarkably ambitious 22-song cycle. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.114]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    He sometimes comes off a bit like he's exploring the idea of a genre more than actually writing a song ("Eyes Like Pearls" get dangerously close to Kravitzing) but generally has enough enthusiasm and hooks to make his celebration of musical freedom worth riding along with.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically dynamic and emotionally complex. [#13, p.132]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's no mean feat for him to drop a solo album that's both a trove of pop jams and a profound piece of artistic experimentation, and he's done just that--a remarkable achievement by any measurement.