Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,403 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Score distribution:
2,403 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    II
    On II, Bad Books have proven that they are more than Manchester Orchestra with Kevin Devine or vice versa by dropping any ego and making a cohesive record. Thankfully, all of us reap the benefit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It shouldn’t work--they went all or nothing. They got all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What could be unwieldy becomes a vast patchwork of influences buoying empowerment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pusha T paints a vivid picture of the things he knows best throughout My Name Is My Name.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Seeing a band carry on the complexities of long-form songs, especially when giving their entire selves up to the process while they’re at it, is the boldest a debut can be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Anyone weaned on the fizzy punk abandon of Bleach-era Nirvana--that holy union of feedback-dappled punk on metal--will identify almost rapturously with The Wytches’ studied homage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Earle plumbs the carnal underpinnings of the blues: feasting on what can be, never mourning what’s done. It is frisky, with musicians thumping and plucking in what feels almost like a jam.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She’s in perfect form.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Musically dynamic and emotionally complex. [#13, p.132]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unabashedly grand and inspirational.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Björk weaves into Medúlla a palpable longing for a simpler world--a world predating smart bombs and collapsing towers, a world in which life revolved around the expressive raising of one’s voice, both solitarily and in concert with others.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sounds like a mostly live interpretation of... The Avalanches' intricate party collages doubling as three-minute music history lessons. [#13, p.118]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Songs like “California” and “Walk Into the Sea,” by far the sunniest, poppiest material Low has ever produced, shatter the mopey mold the band has so carefully cultivated, and to thrilling results.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eminently pleasurable album that reveals more with each spin. [Apr/May 2005, p.148]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A particularly powerful collection from a consistently brilliant artist. [Apr/May 2005, p.128]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the album so amazing is its ability to balance poignancy and fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Quit +/or Fight flirts with perfection, a cohesive collection of all-too-fleeting pleasures.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wonderfully askew. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.96]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vivid document not only of how far Wilco has come, but also of how distinct its vision has been all along. [Dec 2005, p.112]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She combines a formidable voice with a rarefied command of phrasing. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.106]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing about Destroyer's Rubies that might shock existing fans is that Bejar's execution, ambition and passion have been buffed to a high shine. [Apr/May 2006, p.102]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An efficient 33 minutes, Broken Boy Soldiers supplies the summer's most gas-conscious road tunes. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.128]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From beginning to end, it's as heartwarming and heartbreaking an album as you're likely to hear this year. [Aug 2006, p.86]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the music so compelling is not its frame of reference... but the flair and originality with which it's put across. [Sep 2006, p.70]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At last, Will Oldham as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has given us a record of cryptic romanticism to complement the silver-rimmed bleakness of his 1999 masterpiece I See A Darkness. [Sep 2006, p.73]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album becomes more intoxicatingly hermetic with each successive song, taking you as deep as you dare to go. [Nov 2006, p.79]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gentler surroundings encourage Finn to calm down and sing with a lilt of compassion. [Nov 2006, p.80]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A study in elemental force that rides the line between thrash and plod with enlightened originality and compositional skill to spare. [Dec 2006, p.89]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Legend has grown by leaps on this disc, delivering a richer sound and more adventurous experimentation. [Dec 2006, p.88]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Living With The Living rocks so much harder, spits more venom and cuts closer to the bone than just about anything else out there today. [Apr 2007, p.50]
    • Paste Magazine