Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,184 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Bitte Orca
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2,184 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a whole, A Blessing And A Curse is the album that Drive-By Truckers have always threatened to make, a hard-rocking testament to the intelligence, sensitivity, and soul of a people often discredited for lacking all three.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the stronger debuts of 2006.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Punchy, ragged, and frenetic, Waterloo To Anywhere surges forward, not-so-subtly aping The Strokes, The Clash, and The Ramones as well as delivering that precise buzz that can only be felt by the young, drunk, and excited.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the songs are undeniably beautiful and even fun, the music provides a vital balance to the album's substantial thematic heft, and it's that combination that makes Let's Get Out Of This Country one of the year's best pop albums.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather Ripped is probably one of the best records in Sonic Youth's catalog, and definitely one of the best albums of 2006.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would be unthinkable to imagine a more pleasurable listen coming along in 2006.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more interesting discussion to be had about The Avalanche is whether it says more about Sufjan Stevens or everyone else that a collection of even his second-tier material ranks among the most superior releases of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TV On The Radio do more than keep pace with their Shortlist Prize-winning Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes; they enhance nearly every aspect of their debut, creating an album that is uniquely theirs in the modern scene.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Might be the most upbeat feel-bad album of 2006.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lemonheads is nearly as great as the band's masterpiece, It's A Shame About Ray, and far more dependable than the runner-up Come On Feel The Lemonheads. And it may be more fun than either.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ta-Dah isn't an unimpeachable triumph from front to back, but it's a hell of a good showing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Food & Liquor is one of the year's fresher efforts and future classics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An astonishing piece of work.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cunniff has never sounded more joyful as a singer or writer as she does here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Magic Position is a euphoric listening experience not even being a critic can spoil.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tightness of Thompson's compositions grounds the explosive, whimsical meandering of his improvs; Sweet Warrior, and "Guns Are The Tongues" in particular, captures that glory as well as anything else from this century.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every fade-in and chord change on Proof of Youth is perfectly calibrated to make for seamless song-to-song transitions and for an album that seems to end entirely too quickly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even in its rare maudlin and melodramatic moments, the album is saved its many precise, stainless sounds: Henry's compassionate, reverb-shaken voice, Bill Frisell's excellent fretwork, a bewitched pump organ, a snare hit that always echoes a bit too long.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scene of the Crime is as comprehensive and as thorough an artistic declaration of self as any in recent memory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some People is stuffed to the rafters with love songs but they're never precious or cloying, even when the arrangements soar to rousing string/brass/choir-laden climaxes, or when the lyrics are comprised of little more than a string of clich├ęs .
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hot Chip boldly expand and louden up their sound significantly here, while admirably retaining full command of the forms they've already mastered.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These songs don't sound like love songs because they aren't love songs. That the Raveonettes understand why that's an important distinction makes Lust Lust Lust a sleazy pop masterpiece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Badu's spare, pointillist lyrics are almost constantly folded deep within dense, heavy arrangements
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devotion includes all of the same essential ingredients as its predecessor, but a ratcheting-up of intensity makes this album shine even brighter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is ultimately a rock record more than it is an ideas record, but on both counts the Seeds bring it like a band half their age.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough on Third (spaghetti-western guitars, organs, barking effects) to sate those who pine for the late '90s, but gone is the turntable scratching, ostensibly deemed too much of a relic from that decade; in its place are more electronic flourishes, like the cyclic synth-bass loop that softens the second half of "The Rip," a song which is proof positive that Goldfrapp would never exist without Portishead.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jim
    This is saying something, because every single song on Jim will battle for space in the part of your brain that gets hooked.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jim Noir works brilliantly on an escapist level, even though it rewards more active listening.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a fully realized, bombastically confident artistic statement, Arm's Way is Nick Thorburn's "69 Love Songs." Hereafter we will only seek to understand him according to his own pop- and violence-addled logic, mapped perfectly on this thrilling album.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In many ways, Wilson updates his style, while still paying tribute to the things he loves.