Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,184 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 Ys
Lowest review score: 0 Fireflies
Score distribution:
2,184 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though the album's production aims for and achieves a vintage AM radio sound, Collett's willingness to subvert the conventions of songwriters like Dylan or Kristofferson makes Here a definitively modern record and perhaps the first of Collett's solo albums to sound like a real classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seventh Tree is most compelling for the way in which the band's regained austerity and naturalism contrasts with their more recent hedonism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The joy of listening to Malkmus's songs has always been the involvement the listener takes in separating the "truth" from the "spoof" (much like with other oddball geniuses like Robyn Hitchcock or Tom Waits). There's plenty of both here, but more importantly, there's enough interplay between the two to keep things interesting and delightful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trouble in Dreams is full of complex and sophisticated songs, so it's probably unfair to focus on one to the exclusion of others, but 'Shooting Rockets' deserves a little more attention, since it's the best evidence of the fact that, when it comes to proggy indie rock, Bejar's really in a league of his own right now.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the album's most overt trait is tenderness, the hetero-waltz 'The Fix' (featuring Richard Hawley on vocals) and the Zeppelin-esque 'Grounds for Divorce' provide a certain masculine muscle, making Kid feel like a male sibling of the Cardigans' equally exquisite 'Long Gone Before Daylight.'
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mountain Battles is a wonderful, trippy record that's full of invention and Deal sister sass.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Consolers of the Lonely, despite its surprise entrance, is predictably pleasing, a fine collection of shit-kicking rock n' roll just varied and experimental enough to sound original and unbored.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What elevates Good Life over, to pick the obvious parallels, Hank Williams III's Risin' Outlow and Shooter Jennings's Put the 'O' Back in Country is that Earle's debut isn't limited to simple retro-minded mimicry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The effect of all this quietness and patient exploration of song structure can be transcendent or it can be incredibly boring, and for both better and worse, April is more of the same.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And speaking of nervous systems, if Visiter doesn't make you tap, nod, shake, or just plain move, then you don't have one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And though analog synthesizer remains definitional of the M83's sound, they open the arrangements to include more naturalistic instrumentation as well. The approach allows this band named for a galaxy to seem more grounded, and yet more universal, than ever before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tokyo Police Club's reliance on sounds and forms, namely the borderline hackneyed tropes of the 21st century's neat-freak take on post-punk, that can all be found elsewhere. Bands rarely combine ingredients this stale into something this fresh.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing against typecast, Rising Down is not an appropriate soundtrack for your next fraternity party or bong load. It's more of a call to arms. Radio Raheem might well be proud.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album impresses as much for its craft as for the way it allows Forster to honor McLennan's passing even as it advances his own work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It runs a little long, and it doesn't break much new thematic ground, but the album's great depth of feeling and its sure-footed execution outshine such minor problems.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Shearwater has always been album-oriented (they've been known in the past, like Okkervil River, for their themed albums) Rook is by far their most successful to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From her choices of collaborators and material to her extraordinary singing, Intended proves that Harris's greatest gift is her dead-on instincts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With At Mount Zoomer, Wolf Parade has quite easily surpassed the greatness that was their debut, and have very quietly made one of the better albums of 2008.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Originally conceived as an album of string-quartet pieces, Shark's Teeth evolved into something more musically full-bodied.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Feed the Animals, while perhaps not as fresh as "Night Ripper," is a sweaty, neon-lit, seizure inducing, off-the-wall, utter delight.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Kids merits your attention, and Partie Traumatic is a confident, fun debut.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's no surprise that Oberst is able to pull off this style exceptionally well, but what impresses most about the record is how its relaxed vibe--the album was recorded with the specially assembled Mystic Valley Band in just two months at a private house in Mexico--carries over into Oberst's songwriting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Lonesome Song has the point of view, style and sheer quality of craft to kick off such a movement; even if that doesn't happen, it's one of the best, purest country albums to come out of Nashville in ages.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By this point in his career, Byrne's voice has a comforting effect, and the rest of the album builds on this feeling, the lyrics clever if not a little standard, and the music catchy and inviting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a unique pleasure in hearing a once one-dimensional rapper discover complexity, and for that Recession is nearly indispensable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While most groups lasting over 10 years tend to run on artistic fumes, Joey Burns and John Convertino gush with unbridled creative enthusiasm here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Andersson has outsourced wisely, with poet Jessica Faust and Fröberg splitting lyrical duties throughout. The trio achieves a kind of symbiosis of character on Hummingbird—without a credit sheet, you might not even know who did what.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Conceptually, Entanglements has been done before, but lyrics are reprised and musical sentences are repeated in such a way that it creates a singularly cohesive, linear narrative piece.