Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,204 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 Love
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2,204 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certain Feeling might be a little strange, and sometimes even seemingly meaningless, but it's also singular, rich and vast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hawk Is Howling is a reassertion of Mogwai's strengths and testimony that they are still credible and productive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those follow-up albums were disappointments because, aside from a catchy song or two, they were tedious. Dig Out Your Soul defies this trend and is their most compelling offering in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Accompanied by sultry electric guitar licks, reverb-y finger-snaps and breathy grunts, 'Gun' might be one of the sexiest bloodbaths on record--and the highlight of an album that's filled with them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band's sunny and melodic exuberance ensures that Such Fun is, above all else, a lot of fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken in isolation, the individual movements in these songs and the different voices of the narrators are never less than engaging.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's taut, aggressive, accomplished and is "it" in every way the title suggests. And that is that.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Damn Right Rebel Proud seethes with an energy and a perspective that's too often lacking today, and it reaffirms that it's far more than just his name that makes Williams one of the genre's most vital artists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new album has a more nuanced sound and a wealth of interesting songs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Renaissance Q-Tip reaffirms his stature as one of the hip-hop greats by waxing unassuming, cool-headed and wise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a sunny album with low aspirations, which in this case is a compliment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Galore makes for one of the most self-assured, strutting debuts in recent memory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may sound beside the point to exclaim that Jones sounds as good as she looks, or vice versa, but she's always been as attentive to her image as her performance, so I don't think she'd take issue with me praising Hurricane by calling it as lean, mean, and close to the bone as she herself remains.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Three albums in, Wilderness's music is becoming familiar, but its familiarity is still consistently startling and creative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Out of Control is by no means Girls Aloud's best album (their third effort, "Chemistry," is probably still their crowning glory), it is nonetheless not only one of the best pop albums of 2008.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arguments impresses most for its lack of inhibitions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its no-frills approach, Trying Hartz works solidly, presenting a satisfying microcosm of one of the world's most inventive and ridiculous bands.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet all of this feels like quibbling when surveying an album that's still devastatingly charming, consistently intelligent, and engaging on first listen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even when they occasionally stumble ever so slightly under the weight of their own ambition, the reckless, adventuring spirit that comprises Dance Mother is one of the compelling things that makes it sound like one of the more exciting debut albums to emerge in long while.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unassuming and refreshingly lacking in the pretension of so many contemporary folk-pop records, Sea Sew makes for both a challenging and a charming proper introduction for Hannigan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another feather in his crowded cap, Hold Time is further proof that Ward provides a powerful jolt to what might otherwise be a tired genre.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The band takes this gradual structure and spreads it over songs wreathed in recurring patterns, echo effects, and unintelligible chanting voices, resulting in music that's densely circular but moves, slowly and elegantly, with all the beauty of a wisp of smoke.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the album proceeds, Morrissey simply sounds like a superior version of the singer he's always been.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wrath demonstrates Lamb of God's superior musicianship and creative songwriting, but above all else, the band's desire to innovate without abandoning the formula that serves them well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Case is in typically phenomenal voice throughout the record, and her production choices draw from both the dark country of her first few albums and from her work in the New Pornographers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is, in other words, a rejection of progression and passage for mood and form. Peyroux mastered such silken aura long ago, and while that may make the album somewhat of a retread, it's a playful one nonetheless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of begging to be repeated, the rest of the album's songs are best savored as a whole--a weird assessment of an R&B album, which usually sink or swim on their ability to capture you right away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Diehard fans will continue to bray for "The Ugly Organ 2," but Swollen features better songs, stronger playing, and Dylan-level lyrics, making it the band's most cohesive work to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it's easy to lament how fangless they sound here, with just hints of the skuzzy basement ferocity that has made Fever to Tell one of the decade's most enduring records. But the finesse they display here, on their most mature and stylistically coherent record, may ultimately serve them even better.