Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,533 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Score distribution:
2533 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RTJ2 is a fierce release.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Sleater-Kinney’s eighth album, the band sounds as vital, composed and necessary as ever. In just 10 songs and a little over 30 minutes, Sleater-Kinney does so much more than revive an old band. They craft an argument for having improved in its absence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armed with little more than a guitar, some rudimentary tape-tracking recording materials and a a treasure trove of inventive vocal harmonies, Pratt’s darkly ambitious compositions are fleshed out into alcoves of aural mischief, served mystical and with a kind of dark magic, vacillating as they do between optimism and pessimism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every performance on Shadows In The Night expresses a level of vocal maturity and intuition that he’s never quite reached before.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This version of Gang of Four is clearly Gill’s vision, and if the group doesn’t sound as tightly wound as they did in their first incarnation, the angular guitar attack and the relentless pounding of the drums is a clear indication that the fire still burns within.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complicated Game is brilliant album, dense and thoughtful as McMurtry swirls around inside the heads of another set of fascinating characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock ’n’ roll has a knack for brute force, but these songs are never less than nimble, always full of electricity and a steady barometer of unfailing good taste.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another Eternity represents the confluence of hard trap beats with the formula for electro that gave rise to prevailing styles in indie music. It’s enough of a creative leap to perhaps usher in more copycats, but Purity Ring again checks in first.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Jesso has delivered is a record that needs no context, that can exist outside of time and place. Jesso, in short, has crafted a masterpiece, with the only connection of real significance being between him and his audience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By channeling her anxiety into wonderful, shaggy, relatable and supremely catchy songs, she’s made Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit one of the most compulsively listenable albums to come out so far this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whatever is dealt him, he scrapes the roots, boils the marrow and gives up songs that rabbit punch with delicious truth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the acoustically driven numbers, like Saliers’ “Alberta,” a moving song based on a 1903 rockslide that buried part of the mining town of Frank, Alberta, that spotlight the strength of the duo’s voices.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Honor among thieves, love amongst scoundrels... Keith Richards has carved an encompassing survey of his own spirit and set it to a vast set of influences for all to see.