Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,262 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 Late Registration
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,262 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From the first sung note of Hummingbird, Local Natives are frank in their presentation of a serious album, challenging listeners to heal along with them; cognizant that investment is proportional to remuneration.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Powerfully, the evolution of the songcraft on Muchacho doesn’t arrive as a random left turn but instead progresses directly out of Phosphorescent’s own canon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Don’t blink--no mere mid-career album, Monomania registers as an absolute impact event, a massive dirty blast marking the moment Deerhunter’s steady trajectory spins out of control.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Sleeper is an album worthy of adorning your shelf until the shelf itself crumbles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a perfect storm of great songwriting paired with some timely, frank admissions from Grace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Olsen shares graciously in her music, and if you are willing, Burn a Fire for No Witness will change your world. Or, actually, it will change how you see your world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Boy
    It’s another glorious achievement for an artist who has created so much amazing art since arriving into the world fully formed way back in 1982.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There is no end to the nuances and subtleties that lay within. Find your starting point and start exploring.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Sylvan Esso is as cerebral as it is sexy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the ruminating about the world and wanderlust, lullaby’s potency comes from affairs of the heart, love lost and sought, and the jagged loneliness of failing to stay bonded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is an album about vision, movement and manifestation. It’s about removing oneself from the familiar to tap into the brain’s ability to create unprecedented and inspiring art. Success.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Little Honey finds Williams in celebratory mode, with raucous rock, bluesy testimonies and tongue-in-cheek twang.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With Fire on Corridor X, All the Saints seem less interested in renovating the house that noise built than burning the whole thing to the ground.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is a marching band that’s veered way out of formation, and is making utterly original music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Like "The Pirate's Gospel," her cruelly unheralded 2006 debut, To Be Still is a staggering meditation on the idea of home in its many forms, and shares its predecessor's knowing heart--young, but already familiar with the tugging weights of time, family and love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The result is a nearly flawless, organic LP.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not every song is perfect, but perfection is boring. What we need in these weary times--and what Passion Pit brings--is exuberance. Manners delivers the elusive feeling that everything will be alright. Or, just maybe, that everything already is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It’s his most ambitious undertaking to date, and while it presents no obvious singles or easy entry points, he pulls it off without it feeling pretentious or ponderous.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The authenticity that appeared in patches throughout his last record, The Sun Is Always Brighter, steers his latest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fade is just 10 distinctive, beautiful songs in 45 minutes meant to show their languid new peers (Real Estate, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, what have you) who's boss. It shouldn't work. It's to that roaring 20-year streak's goodwill that it does.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    AM
    Arctic Monkeys arrive at the end of AM a lot wiser than they may have appeared from the slow opening stomp of the LP.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Whether exposing light or dark, or some blank hue in the middle, Barnes has all but bulls-eyed his status as a brilliantly daring artist on Lousy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Spanning 22 tracks and the great sprawl of a nation, Big Wheel and Others compiles more of these vital impressions than any of McCombs’ previous releases, documenting something so damned beautifully alive--so restless and sensual and swinging and true--the album accrues power by virtue of its breadth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you don’t like country music, don’t bother. But if you do have an ear for Waylon and Willie and the boys, then you’ll find plenty to love.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    LP1
    With both immediate appeal and density that demands long-term digestion, it’s one of those rare debuts that manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Okkervil River itself performs here with an organic ease that’s dramatic without reaching for histrionics, continuing to tattoo its rough folkish flesh with Motown horns, power-pop overdrive and chugging New Wave bass.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Elegiac by intent, the record is awash in poignancy, radiating from the deeply felt guitar and vocal performances of the 83-year-old King and his supporting band (anchored by drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Nathan East and pianist Dr. John) and from the carefully chosen material.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both anxious and anthemic, the third most famous band from Leeds, England (behind Gang of Four and the Mekons) lobs social commentary as sharp as drummer Nick Hodgson’s ties, and tackles subjects as brainy as evolutionary biology ('Like It Too Much,'), the tenets of self-help ('Tomato In the Rain') and gender politics ('Remember You’re A Girl'), all at breakneck speed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nine albums and eight years in, it’s time to stop trying to figure out what the hell Animal Collective--vocalist/guitarist Avey Tare, percussionist/vocalist Panda Bear and knob-twiddler Geologist--is, and just enjoy the orgasmic rush of danceable rock.