Slanted And Enchanted Review

artist: Pavement date: 03/05/2007 category: compact discs
Pavement: Slanted And Enchanted
Released: May 1992
Genre: Rock
Tones: Wry, Ironic, Detached, Quirky, Acerbic, Witty, Playful, Humorous, Irreverent, Meandering
Styles: Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Rock, Noise Pop
Number Of Tracks: 14
 Sound: 7.3
 Lyrics: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 9.7
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overall: 9.7
Slanted And Enchanted Reviewed by: SupImJimmy, on march 05, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: The first thing one will notice when listening to this album is the fact that it sounds as if it was recorded on the 15 dollar casette tape recorders most everybody born before '95 will remember using at some point. The thing is, this isn't far from the truth. Recorded at crazy ex-hippy drummer Gary Young's Louder Than You Think Studios, it was done on a budget and with little equipment or experience. Though this may sound quite disenchanting at first, it is one of those many little things that makes this album magical. The quirky lo-fi production gives the listener a special connection to the artists, knowing that the songs weren't glossed over by fancy technicians and almost makes you feel like you could have participated in this recording with them. Overall, the album is full of pretty straightforward rock instrumentation, but it still manages to sound fresh and new to the ears. Very refreshing to listen to. // 9

Lyrics: First off, Stephen Malkmus is not what one would call a classically talented singer. However, his voice is very original, and carries an awkward sort of power with it. The lyrics are very vague and full of symbolism, sort of like the cliche "artsy" lyrics of some indie rock today. Keep in mind though that Pavement was really one of the forerunners of this style and that we should be comparing the modern bands to Pavement, not the other way around. The lyrics, often tough to understand, can lead you to derive your own meanings from the songs. This isn't to say that Malkmus wasn't a talented lyricist though, the lyrics are some of the greatest things about this album. The lyrics always flow very well with the music, they seem to be one in the same, and after listening for a while you cannot imagine one without the other. // 10

Overall Impression: By far Pavement's rawest studio album, it's still obviously one of the best they recorded. The majority of the album's songs are amazing, my personal favorites being Summer Babe (Winter Version), Trigger Cut, In The Mouth Of A Desert, Zurich Is Stained, Loretta's Scars, and Here. There is really so much to love about this album, and so little to hate. Just listening to it can give you so many emotions and can conjure so many images it is mind-boggling. If this were lost or stolen, I would buy the resissue of the album simply because it contains so many live performances, b-sides, and unreleased material. Any fans of indie rock, punk, or even obscure pop music should have this as part of their collection. A classic. // 10

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overall: 8
Slanted And Enchanted Reviewed by: *Truly Ninja*, on march 11, 2004
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: This album practically invented indie rock in the early nineties, and spawned a million weezers. I love the sounds on this record, but they aren't particularly innovative or new. The guitars are overdriven on the heavier songs and clean on the ballad-ish songs. No weird instruments are used, because they aren't neccesary. // 6

Lyrics: The lyrics S.M. uses on this record aren't particularly poetic or beautiful, but they flow like quicksilver. His rhymes never sound like the came out of a nursery rhyme book. That vocal melodies and the lyrics, although not poetic, are very fun and catchy, and some of them are even meaningful. // 8

Overall Impression: This album is so good. The overall greatness of an album is not measureable by averaging the rating I gave to the sound and lyrics of the record, the only way to measure it is by how it makes you feel when you listen to it. And this record is one that makes you feel good inside. The most impressive heavy songs from the record are "Trigger Cut", "Conduit for Sale", "No Life Singed Her" and "Two states" and the best quieter songs are "Here" and "Zurich is Stained". Every hipster needs this ablum in their collection, and nearly everyone could still appreciate it. Time has proved that it is a classic sample of indie rock. // 10

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overall: 7.7
Slanted And Enchanted Reviewed by: samuraiguy, on november 04, 2005
0 of 6 people found this review helpful

Sound: Slanted And Enchanted sounds like The Pixies and Blink 182 got in a fist fight with each other (except Pavement was before Blink). It is a raw sounding indie album. It is one of those albums in which you ask yourself genius or crap? It's like a bunch of failure musicians got together and made something amazing. Their loud distorted guitars are complimented by their sometimes melodic singing. It has awesome punk melodies with casual verses. // 7

Lyrics: The singer cannot sing, but what his excuse is for singing fits the music perfectly. His lyrics are not that original but they still have style. His rhyming schemes do not always work, but they are always smooth and rhythmic. // 7

Overall Impression: This is a fun indie album that is none the less exciting, and rockin'. If you like that punk, indie, sound from the early '90s this is definetly a good album. The guy cannot sing, but this is none the less a great album. If it was lost or stolen I would buy it again. Best Songs: In The Mouth A Desert, Zurich Is Stained, Here, and Conduit For Sale! // 9

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