Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,151 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 Who Kill
Lowest review score: 0 Fireflies
Score distribution:
2,151 music reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lady Killer doesn't possess the stylistic ADHD or the rough edges of Green's earlier work, sticking to sprightly brass arrangements and cheery string licks as his weapons of choice for the most part.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let England Shake borrows precepts from all over the singer's canon, specifically extrapolating the piano-based concepts of White Chalk into louder, fuller renderings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their self-titled debut is a 12-track, 45-minute workout, and it so effectively hits you warm in the gut with distortion and stick-to-your-ribs melodies that you won't just wish you were 20 again; you'll realize there's no subscribed age qualification for that wonderful feeling you get while listening to this record.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wounded Rhymes is filled with gorgeously spiteful moments such as these, adding an obstinate wrinkle to the album's already-rich, shadowy mystique.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    W.A.R. is Monch's blockbuster, a marathon sci-fi tale set in some grisly faraway cacotopia.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Helplessness Blues succeeds because Fleet Foxes find a way to consistently balance the added level of nuance with their natural inclinations toward epic songcraft.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans who approach I Am Very Far carrying expectations informed by the group's earlier releases will no doubt find this to be Okkervil River's most challenging work to date, but it's also the group's most grandiose, thrilling, and brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That's not to say Gang Gang Dance has watered down its style; rather than some strategic reach toward mass appeal, Eye Contact represents a pruning of the superfluous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Goblin is just as disturbed and twisted as Tyler's debut. And, moreover, it's every bit as outrageously brilliant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that Wolf stands little chance of displacing Rihanna or Adele shouldn't preempt our appreciation of what he's accomplished with this album, which is to shake off his unseemly solipsism and turn out his most catchy and engaging batch of songs in one concise effort.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looks Like Rain, 'Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help the Child are still fascinating documents--not quite Nashville, not quite pop, not exactly experimental. Newbury literally created his own artistic place that's simultaneously familiar and unclassifiable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Life's Rich Pageant serves as both a guidepost for how R.E.M. moved in an arena-sized direction and as another extraordinary album in the band's uninterrupted run of true greatness that spanned between Murmur and Automatic for the People.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Williams made some pretty great records during his tenure at Curb, but Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town suggests that he's only just begun to showcase his apparently boundless creativity and breadth of his artistic vision.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She's always been an insightful and empathetic observer of the human condition, but Weather is such a heady album because of how unflinchingly Ndegeocello has turned her keen observational eyes toward herself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Take Care, Drake finally shows he's got the talent to match the hype.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a whole feels like a more complete and satisfying journey than either of Goldfrapp's last two albums, progressing confidently from crushing guitar-driven boogie to weightless space pop.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A singular experience and one of the best albums of the year so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Celebration Rock is a tipsy toast to the very best moments in life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A deeply rewarding album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild, wooly, and willfully chaotic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Life Is Good stand out is what also made his celebrated debut, Illmatic, so compelling. There's a sense of narrative unity here, a wide-angle look of the artist as a grown man.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Channel Orange is so textured, complex, and mature that Ocean's recent coming out feels like a footnote, rather than the entire story. It's a revelation that only further colors the tales of longing and disappointment found on this impressive album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The expertly produced Sebenza creates a flowing, carnival atmosphere packed with ideas and stripped of the pomposity often associated with world music.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sing the Delta... conveys a one-of-a-kind perspective that, somehow, manages to be as unassuming and humble as it is powerful and authoritative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world Cale has created here is conflicted and weird, but it's also fascinating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Centralia is the most sophisticated and cultivated Mountains album to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few twists and turns shy of perfection, m b v is the innovation and sonic warmth of My Bloody Valentine rekindled and made anew.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Push the Sky Away, an album of thrilling darkness pierced by moments of brilliant light, Cave may have crafted his defining statement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    People, Hell and Angels offers the clearest sense yet of how Hendrix was preparing an evolution of his own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs may be dense and literary, but they're also immediately potent on a purely visceral level, striking a perfect balance that makes for what's perhaps the best album in a year already thick with great material.