Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,325 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 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 X&Y
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,325 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wonderfully askew. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.96]
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    • 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]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She combines a formidable voice with a rarefied command of phrasing. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.106]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gentler surroundings encourage Finn to calm down and sing with a lilt of compassion. [Nov 2006, p.80]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Such arty, at times enervating, digressions highlight Icky Thump’s curious weight; whereas Elephant’s dinosaur-rock stomp got cut with fragile acoustic turns, there is little reprieve here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is much to be excited about here and virtually nothing to poo-poo.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The resulting album is as lean, rambunctious and snarling as its predecessor was stately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beam has managed to tweak and in?ate his signature sound without sacri?cing any of its considerable charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This cosmopolitan quartet has streamlined ska, post-punk, chamber music and Afropop into a glorious ultramodern groove.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slim’s range and depth are on full display this time out--with Langhorne Slim, he has painted his first near masterpiece, marking himself as a true artist whose work should be followed with a careful ear from here on out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a surprisingly visceral first listen, Chemistry reveals itself to be expertly crafted record with hidden subtleties at every turn.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saint Dymphna is a dangerously sane blueprint for producers trying to capture what "futuristic" sounds like right now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Microcastle is hardly straightforward, it’s an aggressive step toward the mainstream that sacrifices none of Deerhunter’s woozy adventurousness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rio
    The innocent appeal of Milagros’ tiny voice, though, is universal. And so is Aterciopelados’ music, which transcends all language barriers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Live at Canterbury House, the latest in a series of live recordings from his archives, is pretty simple-left track is voice, right track acoustic guitar. Simplicity, as is evident here, serves him quite well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amidst blistering tritone riffs and arpeggiated chords is a group keener to explore sonic harmony than crank the distortion. Crack the Skye is an epic trek across the space-time continuum, entirely on Mastodon’s terms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eagle is the ultimate cohesion of Callahan’s singular storytelling and bewitching delivery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether soft or loud, these 12 songs are exquisite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controversy nearly obscured the resounding triumph of the album itself; written and produced by Burton and Linkous, it's a breathtaking set of atmospheric ballads (plus a few rockers) that explore cosmic concerns, from the self-destructive trap of revenge to the possibility of spiritual renewal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a remarkable work, and while Moby may find himself once more providing the soundtrack to every trendy restaurant and automobile ad for the next 18 months, what’s best about this record is that it’s just that: an album, meant to be consumed the old-school way, front-to-back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although meant to honor?father Johnny’s musical tastes, The List better serves as an exquisite reminder of Rosanne’s own history of artistic rebelliousness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The production is thick but elegant, applied with full knowledge that the songs could exist beautifully in a sparse acoustic-strummed daze, but that they deserve more than that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dream is a go-for-broke collection that not only creates and sustains a hi-fi drowse-pop drama throughout its 10 beguiling songs, but comes across like a logical and gorgeous extension of all the band’s previous dreams.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's what you hope for from your favorite artists in your best moments -- evolution, a little difficulty and, especially, something new.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even more than those artists' fantastic new albums, Deerhoof vs. Evil musically captures the essence of this hard-to-fathom-but-entirely-possible future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If 1998's Car Wheels on as Gravel Road stands as the high point of Williams' self-involved period, Blessed just as masterfully traces the bursting heart and smoldering soul of her humanity. This is as deep and true as the song form gets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Paper Airplanes features a stellar set of songs that should continue to expand upon Alison Krauss' already-great reputation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For now, Pecknold and his bandmates are important cogs in the indie-music scene - with a few more albums akin to Helplessness Blues under their belts, they may soon fit just as nicely into the canon of American folk music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It retains the beautiful melancholy of For Emma, but in nearly every way, it's just more. More layered, more diverse, more interesting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise Again is an indispensable recording from one of the world's most important living artists.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marissa Nadler hints at larger tragedies and losses, implying an overarching break-up narrative that gives each song added force.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Her dexterity in juxtaposing genres, infusing her swooping jazz-singing with near-gospel fervor, kittenish moans and shameless spoken exhortations is commanding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This album not only surpasses its predecessor but raises the bar for any band, indie or otherwise, mining the past for inspiration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing feels even remotely stale, and many of these tracks manage to actually improve upon their original counterparts--no small feat, considering the fact that these are some of the finest songs ever written.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song a casual fan would know is here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They may have just crafted a masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is the details that make Prophet explode.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Release Me, his final album of an almost 30-year career for Curb, finds him resolutely steadfast in his excellence and eclecticism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sweeping confession of sanctification, embrace and glory, this is deliverance personified.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Out of the Game, Wainwright does not disappoint: whirling string sections and a chorus of women exhale grief behind the brash songwriter who knows no shade of blue that eludes him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressive concoction of stark minimalism. From its cryptic cover art to its ethereal soundtrack, The Sister is Nadler's journey to self-assurance, in which she paints an intricate portrait of longing and reflection, blurring its sullen edges with shades of hope and prosperity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Banga is a song cycle that expresses a synthesis of all of her strengths to form one of her strongest albums.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lean rock record [imbued] with import beyond the sting of the smart, seething tracks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Redd Kross 2.0's incredible debut.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    On Cosmogramma, this never-ending stream of aural textures sounds effortless, and the enthralling swirl of jazz, drum 'n' bass, dubstep and hip-hop beckons you toward the edge of something damn near cosmic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Seemingly able to kick out a chug-a-lug stomper with absolute ease at this point, the best moments on Infinite Arms center around Bridwell’s growing confidence in the his deadliest weapon: his voice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Snider has always followed his own path, always been the champion of the underdog -- the patron saint of all the wonderful weirdoes out there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's the seamless simplicity in which the record flows that defines this masterful debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rave On Buddy Holly takes classic tracks and, for the most part, offers instantly memorable covers of them. It's not quite an A, but it's as close as anything I've reviewed in a while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    LaVere could rest on her lyrics alone, which are witty and feisty enough to stand on their own, but by giving her band boundless license to indulge any whim or eccentricity, she has crafted a well-rounded album that is already among the year's best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Gorgeous and personal, the band has delivered a record that is not only the product of years of trial and error, but also the rarity of a truly talented storyteller.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The time-tested tracks not only showcase the band doing what they do best in notoriously long, dramatic, panic-inducing instrumentals but are also startling reminders on why the band was so vital and lead such a movement to begin with.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s a rollicking, exciting and inspiring tussle in a corner of Thao’s cheerful quilt of a discography.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With Birthmarks, Born Ruffians bring us a deeply personal album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It stitches psychotic school dance vibes among the surf garage in a hurried splendor.