Sound — 9
T.Rex, a glam rock brainchild of guitarist/singer Marc Bolan and percussionist Mickey Finn, began their acsent to superstardom with 1971's Electric Warrior. With The Slider, however, Rex became prophets for a new musical movement that took the UK and North America by storm in the early 1970s. The album continues with same ideals and instrumentation of Electric Warrior, but is more developed in itself. Bolan complied this record only months after the release of Warrior, so similarities between the two should be expected and cherished.
Lyrics — 10
Bolan's wispy vocals atop the rest of the band's chunky rhythms allow for a different feel than one would expect. The quirky lyrics in songs such as Metal Guru, Spaceball Ricochet, and Ballrooms of Mars are pure rock genius. Bolan as a writer allows no barres to be put on himself creatively, and that gives the listeners the chance to experience something that is missing from a lot of rock music, a chance to laugh, cry, and enjoy being around the music.
Overall Impression — 9
The Slider is the creme de la creme of glam rock albums, and easily the strongest T Rex album. Ballrooms of Mars, Metal Guru, and Baby Boomerang are easily the standout tracks - but I recommend listening to every song in series to get the full effect. I purchased this album on CD in tandem with the Rabbit Fighter bonus disc. Rabbit Fighter is chalk full of unreleased acoustic demos and alternate songs that did not make the album. I highly recommend The Slider not just as a great glam rock record, but as a landmark in the history of music.