Paste Magazine's Scores

  • Music
For 2,627 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Late Registration
Lowest review score: 10 Songs From Black Mountain
Score distribution:
2627 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    LP1
    With both immediate appeal and density that demands long-term digestion, it’s one of those rare debuts that manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sweeping confession of sanctification, embrace and glory, this is deliverance personified.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the album so amazing is its ability to balance poignancy and fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Harps and Angels is another fine Randy Newman album, minimally produced by Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Present Tense marks a further refinement and features a band continuing to keep itself restless and uncomfortable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While these eight new tunes are more straightforward than much of his work, that is not to suggest they are lacking in intricacy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Popular Problems is a fine addition to that legacy. At 80 years old, Leonard Cohen is just beginning to hit his stride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The Mavericks understand the potency of a band that plays as a solid unit and embellishes that sound accordingly--not quite brazen, but flaring with machismo.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Similar to the BBC’s fantastic Bringing It All Back Home soundtrack, The Beautiful Old further solidifies the root connection between Celtic folk and American bluegrass.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sonically, this is Fucked Up's cleanest album to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether Chance is billed as frontman or not, his thought-provoking lyricism and potent backing band has made for yet another life-affirming release that’s sure to propel the artist to even more impressive territory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tell Tale Signs subtly makes a good argument that Dylan’s later work is richer than expected.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lost in the Dream pushes rock music forward.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Knowing Gunn’s exotic inspirations, Way Out Weather is certainly only a snapshot of where his talents could lead him. Whatever you take away from it, it’s most certainly a step in the right direction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His harrowed and ongoing metamorphosis into a butterfly is the narrative he’s chosen and is the story he’ll likely will stick with for the foreseeable future, but untitled unmastered shows that the holes in his willed chrysalis might be more interesting than the beauty promised by the cocoon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eminently pleasurable album that reveals more with each spin. [Apr/May 2005, p.148]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It shouldn’t work--they went all or nothing. They got all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    On The Agent Intellect, Casey finds himself as more of a vocal stylist than a singer, and that’s good.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Without a doubt,Stranger to Stranger is a testament to an artist who refuses to be ordinary and pigeonholed. With this LP, Paul Simon has created his best work in many years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a linguistic lesson you never asked for, or even wanted, but also one you'll never forget.
    • 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.
    • 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]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suffice to say, then, if you’ve enjoyed the increasingly accessible path The Hold Steady’s taken over the last four years--and, frankly, if you like raising beers, pumping fists and yelling out choice phrases, how could you not?--then you’ll find Stay Positive nearly flawless.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While she’s faced a number of setbacks to get where she is today, her talent beams golden bright on this album.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exhilarating and complex enough to keep you warm year-round. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Kozelek’s lack of reservation here is something to be begrudgingly admired, as his willingness to make yet another album that is solely for himself and those obsessive fans who want all the gory details of his past. For the rest of the world, there’s not much here to make any real connection with.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful nightmare with no referent in pop and few in recorded-music history. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.131]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a master wordsmith who believes in simplicity over all, he’s excavated the human heart, calloused pride and faltering dignity with a scalpel. On Picture, it’s all there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to imagine another situation in which plinking pixie sounds, recurrent madrigal noises and radiant folk poetry could be categorically described as honking huge, but for all its girth, Have One On Me is packed with magic.