Paste Magazine's Scores

For 2,925 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 2.8 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:
2925 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s this friction between the worldly and the cosmic, the erotic and the angry, that gives these songs their unique spark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the things that works so well on this six-song album is that it shaves away some of the psych rock of the parent band and lets the fragmentations remain.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Remnant’s vision is so utterly singular, weird and compelling that you’ll stick around for this mapless journey. God only knows where they’re going, but being lost is most of the fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unpredictably unique. [Dec 2005, p.126]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The collection offers a glimpse inside the band’s development, and at times has an air of what might have been even as it reinforces Tweedy’s overall artistic vision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s a beautiful blast of humanity on an album--a perplexing, fascinating, absorbing album--that often feels outside normal human grasp.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is distinct pastoral element at work in the Tallest Man on Earth's songs. He invokes the elements and the myriad forces nature: rivers, islands, rocks, clouds, birds, meadows, rainstorms, hail, forests, weeds, lilies and wheat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Far from formulaic, Cronin’s sophomore release, MCII, is a nuanced collage of quintessentially “California” pop songs--or, at the very least, how the rest of the country perceives such songs to look and feel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    One of the more impressive things about Say What You Mean is Weiss’ ability to stretch her songwriting to give each track its own distinct vibe that keeps the album fresh over multiple listens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a record that often elevates the listener through its integrity and intensity, and sometimes grates through its failure to find the right music to express its complex lyrical sentiments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Olsen shares graciously in her music, and if you are willing, Burn a Fire for No Witness will change your world. Or, actually, it will change how you see your world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Each track deserves mention. Knowing Superchunk, Diarrhea Planet, Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor, Mike Watt and the Missingmen are just a few of the other stand-outs shows why Bloodshot, two decades in, remains so compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While expanding his sound, however, Nourallah doesn’t stray for too long from a core concern of his writing--how to move brightly through a crumbling world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Although Carry Fire seemingly follows the same formula as his previous effort with the Space Shifters, 2014’s Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, his sound is ever-changing, experimenting with the science of otherworldly instrumentation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What’s particularly striking here is how Rose matches credence with confidence. Her voice, a gentle and unassuming croon, gives her material a quiet caress, making them effortlessly engaging each time out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a slim volume to add to the Timony collection--never ambitious but absolutely fun, a record from three women who feel comfortable with each other and just want to play loud.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Of these three reissues [Cotton-Eyed Joe, Green Rocky Road, and 1966], 1966 is arguably the best, by virtue of the setting itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    With a sprawling soundscape and off-the-wall lyrics, Dark Day/Light Years is a quite trip--often in more ways than one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The [anti-war] track hits so hard, in fact, that it renders much of the other material inconsequential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The album as a whole, though uneasy listening, is big, powerful, and often overwhelming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For enthusiasts of the genre it's an indispensable staple and a welcome rediscovery. [Dec 2006, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Not everyone will be pleased, but those hooked on Swim will be thrilled.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Currents is a record you should be excited for, paying attention to and ready to consider the best of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
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    A small percentage of individuals may find The Gloaming’s music obscure due to the lack of English lyrics. However, if you’re a fan of this type of work and are into discovering art from different places in the world, you should definitely join the party.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The immediacy of the melodies--simpler and scrappier than she’s written in years--paired with the snarl of the arrangements, gives Pussycat a rumbling, cathartic honesty ideal for the anger of our times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The sophomore record sounds like a concept album about change: changing relationships, changing surroundings, changing perspectives and changing within oneself, often without even realizing it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even if Heavy Ghost doesn’t feel fully unfurled--or if it unfurled for too long, with all those years spent gestating--Stith still continues to demonstrate his symphonic talents and deep care for texture and timbre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    However stark the departure from his comfort zones, Lerche seems enlivened by the change. That effortless facility with instantly-memorable melodies enables choruses to suddenly erupt full-flourish or drift along as a quoted jingle. The effect is thrilling and supremely confident, with almost casual intimacy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beam has managed to tweak and in?ate his signature sound without sacri?cing any of its considerable charm.