Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,102 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 April
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2,102 music reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the 25th anniversary edition of London Calling, Epic/Legacy has outdone itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    X&Y
    This is not easy listening; on the contrary, it requires a real commitment from the listener. But it’s a commitment that’ll be amply rewarded.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A unique, remarkably ambitious 22-song cycle. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.114]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterful sophomore disc on which every weak rhyme, guest and beat has been ironed out through months of hard work and several blown deadlines. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.120]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This sense of loneliness haunts Kozelek’s best work, and it’s in full force throughout April, arguably the finest album of his career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Third is far and away the best, most punk thing in the Portishead catalog: a deeply transgressive album that bears a passing similarity to its predecessors but leaves most of the baggage behind in favor of a full-blown reset.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is top-flight stuff, and not just because I needed to glancingly reference the band’s name before signing off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Full of lush harmonies, grandiose orchestrations and poignant lyrics, these ambitious songs have lost none of their innocent melancholy over the last three decades.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    They've constructed something beautiful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As a remastered package, the Butch Vig-produced Gish does deliver for both hardcore fans and casual listeners. What's so unique about the package isn't only seeing the band's first attempt at a full-length recording, but it also fills in the space between Gish and the amazing jump that is Siamese Dream.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In an era of hype and hyperbole where such a word has lost its meaning, Old Ideas is in the truest sense a masterpiece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    My Bloody Valentine successfully followed up a decades-old classic with m b v, an album that stands as confidently, beautifully and masterfully composed as its predecessor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Another Self Portrait is absolutely essential listening for Bob Dylan fans. It may contain the best music you’ll hear all year.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    American Radical Patriot is a treasure that’s flat-out perfect. Music doesn’t get any better than this.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    MIA is so assured here... The critical party line is that MIA’s previous effort ///Y/ was an artistic failure. ... Surely those naysayers will declare this a fine return to form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Here, he dresses his music in full regalia--with whistles, horns, organs and marching-band drums--and it’s exquisite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The production overall is impeccable and the sequencing shrewd; the tracks feel visceral and visual--you can almost see them as they hurtle by. The album’s overall effect is less deafening than blinding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While it’s certainly still working for him now—This Is Happening is, in all respects, LCD’s best album—it doesn’t take much to imagine the act becoming a tired gag a couple more albums down the line.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Treats is just a whole goddamn lot of fun to listen to. It's a supremely raw and visceral pop masterwork, one appropriate to rocking out with headphones on, windows-down bumping on car stereos, four-A.M. warehouse dance parties and countless other summer moments that'll soon have soundtracks courtesy of Sleigh Bells.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Kiss Each Other Clean has the potential to please longtime fans and generate plenty of new ones.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's just so utterly satisfying.
    • 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.