Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,191 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:
2,191 music reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each of these stylistic decisions work equally well, and what impresses most about Fever Ray is that none of the choices are obvious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grace/Wastelands is a pleasant, downright breezy collection of songs and Doherty, excepting the dreamily ragged quality of his voice, sounds something like a new man.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Consistently literate and full of the comfortable resonance of his unique voice, Eagle once again proves Callahan to be as ageless as the forest.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    London is by far Cohen's most generous live release, and if it tilts too heavily to the last two decades of his career, it compensates by including virtually all of the classics from the first three.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take My Breath Away is a heavily populated but still carefully fashioned landscape, never feeling crowded and skipping effortlessly between lush ambience and driving techno.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musically, the Thermals deliver a cleaner, more refined version of the raging anthems found on Body, the band's worship of '90s indie rock ringing through louder and clearer than ever before.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    illustrates how slight the distinctions between country, blues, and folk genre labels are, and it adds to Elliott's legacy as one of popular music's finest storytellers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Toussaint gives each of the instruments room to explore, breaking free of the structure of the song and marking it with his own distinctive stamp. It's this loose, spirited mood that makes the album's interpretations so smooth and effective.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dylan leaves it to his unique vocals and a smoking set of sidemen to get his point across.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Noisettes do two things exceedingly well: modernized girl-group soul and surging pop-rock, both of which are confidently and expertly handled on Wild Young Hearts, a very good album that falls just short of powerhouse status.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album dips and tips and ultimately soars as a result, Rossen and company having turned near-disaster into sonic triumph.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    just so happens that Passion Pit has released a gorgeous pop album in time for the warm weather, and while Manners would make a perfect soundtrack to any summer, you'll want to keep the best cuts around for far longer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is an album thick with a humid sense of decaying sexuality, a desperate voraciousness made even grimier by the gritty production.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that many of the songs have lengthy instrumental passages confirms that Au Revoir Simone is more concerned with conveying emotions than just singing about them. On this count, the album's a clear success.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlike Costello's other excursions, Secret waters down his pretensions without losing his welcome pop sophistication.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This one is as strong and consistent as it is makes it all the more special.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Albums like this are a reminder that we've perhaps lost something in the digital age. If it's true that we're the ones fumbling in the dark with rain falling over our heads, Dark Night is, at the very least, one bright ray of hope.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beacons demonstrates that Tortoise is still more than capable of releasing an exciting album.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    American stands as perhaps the most consistent set of material Paisley has committed to record.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Travels with Myself and Another expands the complexity, adding guitar solos and a more careful sense of composition to the pounding fray.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spread out over three discs for maximum inefficiency, Oneida's Rated O seems to thrive on its own difficulty, both in sprawling presentation and a strident, noisy sense of sonic resistance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Florence's music is particularly sensitive to studio gloss; her singing is a fine balance between elegance and frenzy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With their masterful use of texture and loose regard for conventional structure, Megafaun is among the few modern folk acts capable of pulling off real surprises. That they also pull off genuine pathos and sincerity makes Gather all the more rare an achievement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Watch Me Fall, the emphasis is more on quality than quantity, a focused sense of attention which flowers here, each song brimming over with hooks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underneath all the blatant expressionism, Heap is just a lovesick Brit who sings of swooning crushes, petal-picking, and brokenhearted romances. It is that exact lovestruck normalcy that makes Ellipse so endearing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That these experiments hit their mark is a testament to how shrewdly Yo La Tengo has crafted their aesthetic over the years: They know exactly how hard and in what direction to push.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The hurtling pace the Dodos maintain and the complexity they manage to fill into these tight spaces is fascinating, at times amazing, fitfully matching complexity with speed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all four players clearly bringing out the best in each other, one hopes that Monsters of Folk makes for more than just a one-off side project.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Okay, so the legitimacy of the song selection can, in this Cuisinart iteration, only be appraised on a case-by-case basis. How do the songs sound? And are the mixes definitive? Great and mostly, respectively.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Us
    The smart tracks build up the complexity of Ali's persona, while the dumb ones diminish it. The juxtaposition of these two different modes creates a fuller exposition than what you'll find on most hip-hop albums.