Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,420 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 8.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2420 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Knives Don't Have Your Back is a striking contrast--and a poignant, subtle companion--to last year's Live It Out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Olé! Tarantula delivers the goods: jangly, addictive psychedelic pop of the type Hitchcock mastered with the Soft Boys and the Egyptians.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Under The Skin... washes over you like a summer breeze.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What surprises most about Like Red On A Rose is how well this departure suits Jackson.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the album isn't quite up to the lofty standards of their earlier work, it isn't off by much, meaning that Wincing The Night Away gives 2007 its first great pop record.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Learn To Sing, which falls somewhere in-between her typically spare acoustic solo outings and her harder-edged Throwing Muses output, might be her most coherent, consistently listenable record since Hips And Makers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The hit-to-miss ratio is high.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Epic in both sound and content, The Cost is both The Frames' most accomplished album and deeper and more rewarding than U2's recent work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sex Change, like some of the best pieces by the Boredoms or Glenn Branca or Eno, is a startlingly fun album to listen to.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One hopes that the next LP will pack a little less filler, and Bright Eyes will drop a 40-minute work as tight as their best four-minute works.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Three records into their career, The Ponys still sound like a really young band. And I can't be more complimentary than that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's in between the showboating, when Mascis demonstrates his folk and country-tinged melodies and subtle but elaborate leads that you realize what you're listening to is pretty fucking close to genius.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it may not fit comfortably alongside any other albums in Wilco's catalogue, Sky Blue Sky is further confirmation that, even at their most retro, they're among contemporary pop music's most vital acts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Easy Tiger lacks in craft or measure, it makes up for in raw inspiration, which makes it all the more addictive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Tell Me Where It Hurts' is an undeniable sign that, despite their extended hiatuses and internal turmoil, Garbage is very much alive with ideas and ambition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Marry Me isn't quite a religious experience, but it's unequivocally divine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It still has the depth her fans have come to expect, but it's Willis's coolest record yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bat for Lashes' music feels like some lost specter that has fortuitously wandered into your home and can't help but haunt you.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Architecture's instrumentation is more varied than ever before. Though they could've made another fine record by sticking to the simpler approach of their previous albums, it's refreshing to see a band take a more ambitious route, and do it well.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally receiving distribution in the U.S., Junior Senior's Hey Hey My My Yo Yo sounds every bit as fresh and exuberant now as it first did in the summer of 2005.