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 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2455 music reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is ultimately a rock record more than it is an ideas record, but on both counts the Seeds bring it like a band half their age.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crack the Skye presents a stunningly original fusion of sounds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The expertly produced Sebenza creates a flowing, carnival atmosphere packed with ideas and stripped of the pomposity often associated with world music.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tidy this album isn't, but like There's a Riot Goin' On or the distended jams of One Nation Under a Groove, the uncompromising messiness is the point. The focused and fervent anger, politics, cosmic knowledge, and above all unshakable self-doubt is the point too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overflowing with talent and ambition, Golden Archipelago is that rare kind of great album: tackling big ideas and attempting chancy things while delivering a product that feels flawlessly and decisively whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would be unthinkable to imagine a more pleasurable listen coming along in 2006.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With her songwriting on point (she's always had a weakness for obvious, forced rhymes, but her discovery of slant and blank rhyme leave just a couple such offenders intact) and with her distinctive contralto in exquisite form, Moorer's performance here is arguably a career best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dense, challenging record, Revolution once again finds Lambert setting the benchmark for the country genre even as she begins to consider the possibilities beyond its borders.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These songs don't sound like love songs because they aren't love songs. That the Raveonettes understand why that's an important distinction makes Lust Lust Lust a sleazy pop masterpiece.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sing the Delta... conveys a one-of-a-kind perspective that, somehow, manages to be as unassuming and humble as it is powerful and authoritative.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's so overwhelmingly happy and thrilling a musical statement that it would justify even a few more exclamation points.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reading is a far cry from pop-chart fodder. And while the jarring howl of Cobain's Fender and his gravelly delivery may alienate the more nonchalant corners of their fanbase, these ferocious renditions will be a godsend to the dyed-in-the-wool Nirvana following.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That's not to say Gang Gang Dance has watered down its style; rather than some strategic reach toward mass appeal, Eye Contact represents a pruning of the superfluous.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Badu's spare, pointillist lyrics are almost constantly folded deep within dense, heavy arrangements
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TV On The Radio do more than keep pace with their Shortlist Prize-winning Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes; they enhance nearly every aspect of their debut, creating an album that is uniquely theirs in the modern scene.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    She's always been an insightful and empathetic observer of the human condition, but Weather is such a heady album because of how unflinchingly Ndegeocello has turned her keen observational eyes toward herself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark, but never needlessly so, Two Suns offers a rich, distinct world of subterranean lullabies, spacey timbres, and ghostly beauty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Ghosts of Highway 20 is otherwise characterized by its consistency, but what really sets it apart from Williams's previous album is its sense of emotional balance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He's a storyteller with a literary knack for using detail and narrative to draw complex, relatable characters, and his storytelling finesse has never been more evident than it is here.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a rare fulfillment of outsized ambition and a crystallization of Tillman's inimitable narrative verve, however unreliable his narrator may be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes The Age of Adz an exception rather than some blatant hat-tip to those artists is Stevens's quirky trademarks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough on Third (spaghetti-western guitars, organs, barking effects) to sate those who pine for the late '90s, but gone is the turntable scratching, ostensibly deemed too much of a relic from that decade; in its place are more electronic flourishes, like the cyclic synth-bass loop that softens the second half of "The Rip," a song which is proof positive that Goldfrapp would never exist without Portishead.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The simplicity of Jurado's writing is matched with a tender tone and a lack of condescension.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 12 most ambitious, dense songs she's yet committed to record.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looks Like Rain, 'Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help the Child are still fascinating documents--not quite Nashville, not quite pop, not exactly experimental. Newbury literally created his own artistic place that's simultaneously familiar and unclassifiable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    W.A.R. is Monch's blockbuster, a marathon sci-fi tale set in some grisly faraway cacotopia.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, the album is a fascinating musical thesis that can function with or without its brain intact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wounded Rhymes is filled with gorgeously spiteful moments such as these, adding an obstinate wrinkle to the album's already-rich, shadowy mystique.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wild, wooly, and willfully chaotic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devotion includes all of the same essential ingredients as its predecessor, but a ratcheting-up of intensity makes this album shine even brighter.