Yes, this album has been called one of the greatest of the '90s. Spin Magazine ranked it #5 of the decade. Pitchforkmedia.com has it at #3. You've heard all the hype, all the comparisons, all the great things about "Slanted & Enchanted." Believe it.
Looking through pitchforkmedia.com one day, I came across their list of the 100 best albums of the 90s. Looking through, there were several albums I could not believe were on there, and several that I agreed with wholly. But at #3 was this Pavement album, which I had never heard before. So, being the skeptic that I am, I downloaded a couple songs to see what was so great. A week later, I had the CD. Now, I'm not going the say this is the third best album of the 1990s. But it is an excellent CD, no doubt about it. I can't imagine what my life was like before I listened to Pavement. It is a fantastic work. Nearly every song is well written, catchy, and fun to listen to. Soft, slow, and mellow tunes such as "Here" are mixed in with fun, quick, and loud tracks with random screams thrown in because, well, why not?
The lyrics are some of the most clever I have heard in a long time. For those reviewers who don't get them, it's too bad. Unfortunately, some people like their lyrics to be straight-forward, unimaginitive, and tell-it-like-it-is. For those of you with more refined tastes, however, you will find the lyrics fun and insightful. If you can handle real good music, I suggest you buy this CD. For everyone else who wants easy to understand music that doesn't make you think, I believe Nickleback has a new album out.