Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,468 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Pixel Revolt
Lowest review score: 0 Fireflies
Score distribution:
2468 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Annie Up doesn't quite break the country genre's familiar format, it's a hell of a lot of fun, and one could do worse than spend 40 minutes with these sassy almost-outlaws.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Three years later, they've given us The Suburbs, a stunningly accomplished album about embattled, often embittered, adulthood by a band that continues to mythologize childhood even as it moves decisively into artistic maturity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An astonishing piece of work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    M.I.A., undoubtedly the truest "outsider" to emerge on the pop landscape in ages, has crafted an album that, in its best moments, positions her as an impassioned advocate for the disenfranchised.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cracks, breaks, and flaws in Vernon's voice allow his humanity to shine through a little more. By saying less and embracing fragility, He sounds more vulnerable than ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 40 tracks collected here are arranged more or less chronologically, which makes enough sense for a best-of set, and are divided almost perfectly evenly between the three eras of R.E.M.'s career, a choice that actively dilutes the quality of the album.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Murphy's willfully pretentious métier, his intentionally inadequate lyrics, and his monotonous sequencing expose a genuine fear of dance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Body Talk impresses for its thematic focus and laser-precise editing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A tremendous leap forward from Tune-Yards' previous efforts, w h o k i l l proves that Garbus isn't just a brainy artiste with a killer voice, but an event, someone to take notice of, a new center of gravity in the musical underground.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Elaborate time signatures and clever tape manipulations abound, and there's some fun trying to guess which instruments are synthesized and which are authentic, but Mirrored suffers from being too bright and spirited.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lyrics, direct and occasionally graceless, find a deeper resonance in Van Etten's unhurried delivery.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For much of Bon Iver, Vernon takes his cues from Volcano Choir, using an array of disparate instrumentation and looping effects to beautifully eerie effect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They're driven, even though their latest venture is stylistically the most inert, contemplative, offputtingly soft music they've possibly ever released.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Love & Hate shows lateral growth in its procession of art-rock odysseys and more standard fare, and proof that Kiwanuka can wield power over a number of arrangements, even dense ones.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Book Burner is defiantly hideous and if you love it, you love it for its ugliness or not at all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hercules and Love Affair is relentlessly listenable--Hercules's songs are too good to be classified as tributes--but it is nevertheless defined by the inspirational pull of a golden age that's gone.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Imagine a mirror which distorts not just the reflection, but reality itself, and you have a fair idea of the stunning legacy to which Syro triumphantly belongs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Robyn is definitely a slow-burner (unusual for a dance record, which typically provides a more immediate, transient gratification), but it's also everything pop music should be: provocative, poignant, inventive, and fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For its cohesive tone and the ease with which it plumbs the darkest recesses of Marling's consciousness, Once I Was an Eagle is close to a masterpiece, a heavenly composition with just enough hell to keep things from feeling too familiar.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's so overwhelmingly happy and thrilling a musical statement that it would justify even a few more exclamation points.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the first album on which he's managed to keep all of his organs inside his body, it's like Cox is finally letting us see his heart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album is at its best when its space is utilized not to build additional patterns, but to simply frame the raw nature and intrinsic beauty of sound.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Kind Revolution never feels fragmentary, even though it’s certainly wide-ranging and eclectic. The difference is that Weller really gives his best ideas time to develop here, and his usual frenzied pacing is relaxed a bit, letting the songs fully unfold.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One outright dud of a song and a handful of lazily written lines don't outweigh all that Chambers and Nicholson get right on Wreck & Ruin, an album that tempers its genuine, heartfelt romance with the darkest comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The surprising achievement of Cosmogramma is how capably it reinterprets that kind of innately communal vibe into private introspection without losing a bit of its energy along the way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is a reckoning with his own prickly memory, and it's a bounty of weathered emotion and hard-won wisdom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken as both a culmination and a sign of more good things to come, it further solidifies the band's status as far and away the most long-lasting and consistent act of the maligned subgenre from which they came.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pretty but formless, Shields plays like a calculated retreat into something altogether indistinct and inconsequential.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LP1
    LP1 is more than just a confident debut album. It's primordial in a way that Björk herself has often attempted but frequently short-circuited letting her cognizance get in the way.