Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,141 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 Treats
Lowest review score: 0 Fireflies
Score distribution:
2,141 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.