Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,373 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 8.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 None Shall Pass
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2373 music reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While their lyrics do tell compelling stories, Nickel Creek's selling point remains their technical gifts and, again, Why Should The Fire Die? showcases a phenomenal learning curve.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there's nothing at all revolutionary in the band's combination of nihilistic lyrics and sunny pop hooks or in their use of dance rhythms behind their guitar power chords, it's nonetheless rare to encounter a major label pop or rock album as start-to-finish good as is Oh No.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As music that's beautiful simply for the sake of being beautiful, Takk… is an unqualified success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For every song that's been improved there's one that's been unnecessarily tooled with.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Dialing down the reverb and allowing more wide-ranging influences to show through, My Morning Jacket fashions a messy, transitory record that's head-over-heels giddy, curiously experimental, and patently weird in equal measure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There have been better albums released in 2005 than Tournament Of Hearts, but it's probably the album most ideally suited to be a left-field commercial success.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Mouse and the Mask, while it may not be answering life's questions, is an enjoyable and highly original achievement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If not as easy to embrace as its predecessor, the album compensates with a great deal more ambition in its scope.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Alive & Wired does best is reconcile the considerable charms of the band's studio output with the immediacy of their live shows' energy, and the Old 97's captured on this essential double-album is a band that lands at the midpoint between Wilco's high-minded songcraft and the ball-busting rock swagger of Drive-By Truckers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the few pop singers whose albums are best appreciated in their entirety and not lopped off into "hit singles," Madonna... has succeeded at creating a dance-pop odyssey with an emotional, if not necessarily narrative, arc.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stirring, raw masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Orton's assured hand throughout marks Comfort Of Strangers as a sturdy piece of songwriting that will stand among the more memorable albums of 2006 come year's end.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wry, rollicking, and irresistible, The Gun Album hits the bulls-eye.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At his most direct, he fully holds his own against the likes of [Ryan] Adams or Ron Sexsmith, and for his compositional skill, Idols Of Exile is perhaps a more consistent album than either of those two has released.
    • 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.