Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,455 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 Love
Lowest review score: 0 Fireflies
Score distribution:
2455 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An album that works as both a blisteringly smart genre study that combines classic and contemporary perspectives on blues, soul, and R&B and as just one hell of a rock record, Brothers reaffirms that the Black Keys belong in any serious conversation about America's finest bands.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Celebration Rock is a tipsy toast to the very best moments in life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If The Age of Adz harnessed Stevens's limpid melodies to crashing electronica, Carrie & Lowell finds that electronic experimentation sublimated, emerging primarily in the album's timing, which, like a click track, is more precise and mechanical than anything on Stevens's purely folk efforts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the stronger debuts of 2006.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may not be Cave's most accessible album, owing both to the experimental nature of much of the music and the fact that its level of emotional rawness makes it a legitimately uncomfortable listen in places, it may very well be his best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Williams made some pretty great records during his tenure at Curb, but Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town suggests that he's only just begun to showcase his apparently boundless creativity and breadth of his artistic vision.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Take Care, Drake finally shows he's got the talent to match the hype.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some People is stuffed to the rafters with love songs but they're never precious or cloying, even when the arrangements soar to rousing string/brass/choir-laden climaxes, or when the lyrics are comprised of little more than a string of clich├ęs .
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Bachelor's overall tone reflects a nihilistic view of both romance and humanity, making for an about-face from the relative sunshine of 2007's "The Magic Position," and this tone is reflected in some of Wolf's most ambitious, baroque compositions to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Okemah is heady stuff, to be sure, but it's also one of the year's best straight-up rock albums.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    People, Hell and Angels offers the clearest sense yet of how Hendrix was preparing an evolution of his own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a whole feels like a more complete and satisfying journey than either of Goldfrapp's last two albums, progressing confidently from crushing guitar-driven boogie to weightless space pop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels almost vain to describe individual tracks, because every last note on Distant Relatives blends to form a seamless, cohesive whole.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The world Cale has created here is conflicted and weird, but it's also fascinating.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's a party record disguised as a breakup album or a breakup album disguised as a party record, it's cathartic, dramatic, and everything else you could want an album titled Melodrama to be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While A Moon Shaped Pool offers little in the way of new sonic territory, its newly naked and incisive portrayal of emotional vulnerability remains a resoundingly major achievement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lady Killer doesn't possess the stylistic ADHD or the rough edges of Green's earlier work, sticking to sprightly brass arrangements and cheery string licks as his weapons of choice for the most part.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Centralia is the most sophisticated and cultivated Mountains album to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Push the Sky Away, an album of thrilling darkness pierced by moments of brilliant light, Cave may have crafted his defining statement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more interesting discussion to be had about The Avalanche is whether it says more about Sufjan Stevens or everyone else that a collection of even his second-tier material ranks among the most superior releases of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their self-titled debut is a 12-track, 45-minute workout, and it so effectively hits you warm in the gut with distortion and stick-to-your-ribs melodies that you won't just wish you were 20 again; you'll realize there's no subscribed age qualification for that wonderful feeling you get while listening to this record.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lemonheads is nearly as great as the band's masterpiece, It's A Shame About Ray, and far more dependable than the runner-up Come On Feel The Lemonheads. And it may be more fun than either.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A singular experience and one of the best albums of the year so far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Life Is Good stand out is what also made his celebrated debut, Illmatic, so compelling. There's a sense of narrative unity here, a wide-angle look of the artist as a grown man.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a whole, A Blessing And A Curse is the album that Drive-By Truckers have always threatened to make, a hard-rocking testament to the intelligence, sensitivity, and soul of a people often discredited for lacking all three.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The melodic hooks are huge, but what makes The Life Pursuit a legitimately great album is that Murdoch's lyrics are at turns witty, insightful, assertive, and sardonic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the songs are undeniably beautiful and even fun, the music provides a vital balance to the album's substantial thematic heft, and it's that combination that makes Let's Get Out Of This Country one of the year's best pop albums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans who approach I Am Very Far carrying expectations informed by the group's earlier releases will no doubt find this to be Okkervil River's most challenging work to date, but it's also the group's most grandiose, thrilling, and brilliant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Represents a new peak in a career full of them.