Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,287 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 8.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Dear Science,
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2287 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There have been better albums released in 2005 than Tournament Of Hearts, but it's probably the album most ideally suited to be a left-field commercial success.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Mouse and the Mask, while it may not be answering life's questions, is an enjoyable and highly original achievement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If not as easy to embrace as its predecessor, the album compensates with a great deal more ambition in its scope.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Alive & Wired does best is reconcile the considerable charms of the band's studio output with the immediacy of their live shows' energy, and the Old 97's captured on this essential double-album is a band that lands at the midpoint between Wilco's high-minded songcraft and the ball-busting rock swagger of Drive-By Truckers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the few pop singers whose albums are best appreciated in their entirety and not lopped off into "hit singles," Madonna... has succeeded at creating a dance-pop odyssey with an emotional, if not necessarily narrative, arc.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stirring, raw masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Orton's assured hand throughout marks Comfort Of Strangers as a sturdy piece of songwriting that will stand among the more memorable albums of 2006 come year's end.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wry, rollicking, and irresistible, The Gun Album hits the bulls-eye.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At his most direct, he fully holds his own against the likes of [Ryan] Adams or Ron Sexsmith, and for his compositional skill, Idols Of Exile is perhaps a more consistent album than either of those two has released.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rates among the best releases of early 2006.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every minute of the album demands patience and something resembling concentration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the album many critics and fans were expecting from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but it's undeniably the right record for them at the right time, a shrewd display of awareness of both craft and, more importantly, of self too often lacking in modern rock.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At War With The Mystics is impossible to digest in a single listen; it's a true headphone album that demands attention and rewards the patient with unexpected delights.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A terrific collection of thoughtful, energetic rock songs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sprawling delight that only gets richer with each successive listen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Love And Other Planets is a thing of beauty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is powerful stuff, and though it's unlikely to be heard by many, it's even more unlikely to be forgotten by those who do hear it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This too-brief set of 10 songs is both a break with the past and a fervent glance toward the future.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both accessible and artistic, Decemberunderground is destined to give AFI that larger mainstream audience they missed out on the last time around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's nothing quite as instantly gratifying as was The Futureheads' "Hounds Of Love," the whole of News And Tributes still stands as a more accomplished album, muscular without being overpowering and stylish without being vacuous.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a fearless, uninhibited confidence to Spektor's voice, not to mention a delightful whimsy to her music, that sets her apart from artists like [Fiona] Apple.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An effortless triumph that should appeal to Red Krayola fans and newcomers alike.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's not a song on the album that isn't catchy as all hell, but there are times when CSS... sound like Cibo Matto performing covers of The Shaggs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These 12 often-elegiac tracks are machine-shop sleek, effortlessly buffed to a precision gloss that buoys Petty's irresistible harmonies and layered compositions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amputechture shows a band honing their eruptive sound and bringing it into tight focus for the first time, routinely pushing their music to the wall without ever risking a breach.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an inventive, sharp delight of a record, and possibly one of the year's best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally Bachmann's songs sound familiar and not derivative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crazy Itch Radio's not the Sign O' The Times that Rooty fans have been waiting for, but it's a more-than-serviceable Lovesexy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the year's more understated and beautifully paranoid gems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fading Trails shows he's capable of being a striking indie-rock personality.