Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,482 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 Ys
Lowest review score: 0 We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Score distribution:
2482 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The surprising achievement of Cosmogramma is how capably it reinterprets that kind of innately communal vibe into private introspection without losing a bit of its energy along the way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moving forward without the assistance of contributing vibraphonist Keaton Snyder, No Color is especially drum-heavy, and Kroeber's unconventional style works toward forming a repartee between the group's two members, who converse in a style that at times resembles jazz musicians.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An effortless triumph that should appeal to Red Krayola fans and newcomers alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bat for Lashes' music feels like some lost specter that has fortuitously wandered into your home and can't help but haunt you.
    • 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
    While most groups lasting over 10 years tend to run on artistic fumes, Joey Burns and John Convertino gush with unbridled creative enthusiasm here.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For much of Bon Iver, Vernon takes his cues from Volcano Choir, using an array of disparate instrumentation and looping effects to beautifully eerie effect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's always been a relentless optimism hidden behind the Flaming Lips' unique brand of pop experimentalism.... Which makes their understated 13th album, The Terror, an evocation of a bleak, post-apocalyptic future, such a striking contrast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For most of its runtime, Outside Society captures a time when Smith's music was as naïve, romantic, and unforced as her memoir, even if, by the end, the labored intensity of her poetry has prevailed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    'Tell Me Where It Hurts' is an undeniable sign that, despite their extended hiatuses and internal turmoil, Garbage is very much alive with ideas and ambition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loyal to her own dual heritage and willing to value her own divided animal instincts, Peyroux remains such a beguiling singer that it's hard to care if her albums often sound the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, Blakroc can be considered a gamble that has most certainly paid off; this is the most credible fusion of the two genres in a long, long while.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Z
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Johnson and the small army of country stars he's enlisted to collaborate on the project all wisely keep the focus on Cochran's extraordinary songwriting, making for an album that highlights the depth and range of Cochran's catalogue and the monumental influence his writing has had on country music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vile's music is inflected with a special kind of magic, which makes it sound grimy while remaining melodically clean, bored and disinterested while granting you its full attention.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Merritt's chemistry with her band makes everything here feel lively, but don't let that obscure her ease of craft.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's still a two-man garage band in there, but Auerbach and Patrick Carney are currently catering to earbuds rather than stadiums.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battles is, first and foremost, an instrumental group, but the tracks on Gloss Drop that do feature a guest vocalist are the undisputable highlights.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Martha has proven to be not just a worthy pupil of such domestic tutelage, but a musician of equal caliber.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That they're singing material that's worthy of their vocal skills further elevates Tornado above their previous efforts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When Rated R ends on an unresolved chord, the sentiment carries over into Rihanna's pop persona. Let's hope that this doesn't mean she's about to back off and start working on her All for You.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the intuitive, star-gazing Valtari served as the rediscovery of Sigur Rós's signature sound, then the instinctual, sober Kveikur is its compulsive reinvention.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    just so happens that Passion Pit has released a gorgeous pop album in time for the warm weather, and while Manners would make a perfect soundtrack to any summer, you'll want to keep the best cuts around for far longer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Koenig rarely shies away from scholastic lyricizing, Contra succeeds apart from its cultural asides and college textbook hat-tips.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Almost a decade into their career, the Arctic Monkeys have aged gracefully into their precociously world-weary image with a mature album about immaturity, a carefully written and produced effort about the desultory careen of youth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In its ambitious attempts to revive conscious rap and push the envelope sonically, Attention Deficit may be one of the best rap releases of the year even while it lacks the focus of a central persona.