Paste Magazine's Scores

For 2,949 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Late Registration
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2949 music reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The songs on American Band, for the most part, are well constructed, catchy-enough tunes that don’t quite rise into the first rank of the group’s deep and impressive catalog.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The album drags at points; with 22 tracks and a 70-minute runtime, some of this material would have been better off on a mixtape. But that’s a minor flaw in an otherwise superbly-executed gangster epic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an album of remarkable consistency and sparkling beauty. If her music hasn’t clicked for you yet, listen to this record until it does.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The whole thing is a bit ramshackle, but when he listens to his wife, Bad as Me is as good as anything Waits has ever done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Unlike Limbs, Pool never strains by adhering to a methodology. It just feels like a collection of songs—very fucking transportive songs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It stands as a sometimes-confusing document of a particular time and place in the story of this constantly evolving art project.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    TV on the Radio is that rare band able to simultaneously identify the pitfalls of modern life and offer a spiritual alternative... That the band does so with music that's at once readily accessible and refreshingly unique is simply the crowning touch. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.118]
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    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The group has evolved by revealing that sentiment is eternal. RTJ3 sharpens that revelation and encases it in lustrous, dazzling gold. The crooks had the jewels all along.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A gritty girl dug in, she embraces her Bob Dylan overtones (the harmonica on “My House”), Roy Orbison steel cry and mariachi Eagles-tinge (“I Miss You”) and a tumble of revival slap ’n’ stomp (“Stupid”). This is no conventional pop-country supernova.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    undun is a brilliant reminder of the power of the emcee as storyteller, the possibility of 40 minutes of music lending itself to a thoughtful character and plot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fitting farewell to a distinctive voice silenced too early.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is this Radiohead’s most straightforward, organic-sounding album since The Bends, it finds the band shedding the bulk of its trademark anxiety while remaining indomitably themselves.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The trio delights in creating songs just to tear them down and rebuild them again in a different way, giving the album a dissonant, experimental edge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lonerism expertly balances heady textures with effortless melodicism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Even though the album is crushing, the band’s penchant for melody is what elevates Foundations of Burden above otherwise comparable records from this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    On MASSEDUCTION, Clark remains as unpredictable as ever, though there’s one thing fans will have gotten right: so far, at least, Annie Clark has proven incapable of writing anything less than a knockout pop song.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Black Tambourine can be amateurish: "Can't Explain" seems as if it's being held together with chewed-up licorice and broken guitar strings. But it also builds to a fine frenzy that fans of Vivian Girls will find pleasantly familiar.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from the power of the music and lyrics, the set draws on Cave’s compelling persona: part priest, part sideshow barker--crooning one moment and eviscerating the next. While this has always been the core of his talent, on Abattoir/Lyre it is particularly rich and rewarding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Antony flourishes like a rare orchid in a New York hothouse, brandishing his voice like so many delicate petals. [#14, p.120]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Instead of just beating around the prog-rock bush, Thursday now embrace their artsier unknown.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    La Dispute picked a perfect time to make a classic album in the post-hardcore spectrum that might be considered a classic outside of genre, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not the mindblowing masterpiece the critics are so dizzily carping about, but as a milepost of the current state of world electronica it remains strong throughout.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's like watching the sun rise over distant mountaintops, over and over, familiar and captivating all at once.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's as lucid a marriage of the eneffably strange and crayon-bright catchy as 2007 is likely to see. [Apr 2007, p.58]
    • Paste Magazine
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With his old-timey Upland Stories, Fulks matures into an important voice.