Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,517 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 Merriweather Post Pavilion
Lowest review score: 0 Fireflies
Score distribution:
2517 music reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    O'Regan's voice is the centerpiece. Unlike seemingly every other bedroom music maker these days, there's a real power and discernable confidence to his croon.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These are songs about trying to find onself, realizing how cliché that quest is, and then further realizing that there's no choice but to push through anyway.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's still a beautifully crafted, expertly performed record (and certainly a standout in what has been a pretty wretched year for country music), but the scope and thoughtfulness that made "Mountain Soul" such a treasure are absent.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
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    Each neo-soul nod to the R&B sound of Detroit, immediately post-Holland-Dozier-Holland, sounds more claustrophobic and limited than the last.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though they challenge genre convention with their choices of instruments and ambitious arrangements, Megafaun have made careful, spot-on assessments of what actually works within the framework of traditional roots music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Centralia is the most sophisticated and cultivated Mountains album to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As is, it's a sporadically brilliant effort by an exceptional band whose reach still sometimes exceeds their grasp.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a first stab in the direction of avant-garde pop-metal, The Hunter is pretty damn compelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beyond comparisons to Sleater-Kinney's past work, the album functions as an intriguing first effort, jagged but routinely promising.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Other songs exploit vocals more overtly, but the words still never quite feel like the point, oblique and fuzzy, couched in landscapes that have far too much else going on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given Earle's often morose and sardonic bent as a lyricist, the shift toward blues suits him well, making for his strongest album to date.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Williams has assembled many guest musicians this time around, but despite all the disparate talent, the album is a tight, coherent work that never devolves into self-indulgent jamming, even at an epic 103 minutes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blackbirds [is] just a hair less successful than Peters's last album, 2012's Hello Cruel World, a self-described "manifesto" that cultivated a level of consistency not quite matched here. But the strength of the new album is less that of its constituent parts than the sum of their focus, and that's by design.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However precious his choice of sounds might be, Black Noise nonetheless impresses for its forward-thinking and even robust approach to contemporary dance music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And speaking of nervous systems, if Visiter doesn't make you tap, nod, shake, or just plain move, then you don't have one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What gives the duo character and what salvages the album, then, are frontwoman Jennifer Nettles's performances and a handful of cuts that rise above the middlebrow songwriting and production.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything on Goodnight Rhonda Lee is immediate. Throughout, Atkins’s lyrics eschew metaphor in favor of a more confessional mode, and her arrangements are punchy and direct.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rarely does an album consider life's eternal struggles in quite this way: searching for answers with its eyes wide open, and silly string in its hair.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another album which, if not exactly pleasant to listen to, is at least experimentally interesting, continuing Walker's aggressive program of abrasive sonic assaults.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Without a thematic through line or recurring lyrical motifs or meaningful efforts at myth-building or any of the other sophisticated flourishes that have made her albums so rich, Four the Record is left as a solid collection of better-than-average songs cast in arrangements that offer a progressive take on modern country.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Turns out Wilco are still full of surprises.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darnielle deftly weaves through memories of an impressionable period in his life and its accompanying soundtrack while avoiding the pitfall of nostalgia or sentimentalism for the music of his youth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's not a real gangster, but he is a real poet. And like the greatest of American poets, he admits that, very well then, he contradicts himself. American Gangster contains multitudes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is hardcore, a visceral distillation of fury that aims to wound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It once again finds Lekman employing striking sensory imagery in his acutely detailed recollections about friends and lovers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Up reveals Shabazz Palaces as an artist much more in line with the future, voicing his dissatisfaction by carving his own path.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps a bit too reticent for its own good, B'lieve I'm Goin Down still rewards close listening, steadily developing into an album that's as multifaceted and profound as its mysterious creator.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Whole Love easily represents the Wilco's most adventurous and fully realized work in years.