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Slanted And Enchanted


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0000036R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two smart young college guys with a bunch of catchy, cryptic songs and a taste for peculiar sonics go into a studio with a showboating older drummer and come out with one of the definitive indie-rock albums. Beneath its coils of raw distortion and screaming-for-the-hell-of-it, Pavement's first full-length disc gets over on the strength of stellar songwriting and ingenious melodicism. Sometimes Steve Malkmus's sly, evocative word-games reveal genuine emotion ("Here"), and sometimes they just pay tribute to his favorite bands ("Conduit For Sale!" is a nod to the Fall), but these songs are unconventional in a way that set the convention for bands that came after them. --Douglas Wolk

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Two smart young college guys with a bunch of catchy, cryptic songs and a taste for peculiar sonics go into a studio with a showboating older drummer and come out with one of the definitive indie-rock albums. Beneath its coils of raw distortion and screaming-for-the-hell-of-it, Pavement's first full-length disc gets over on the strength of stellar songwriting and ingenious melodicism. Sometimes Steve Malkmus's sly, evocative word-games reveal genuine emotion ("Here"), and sometimes they just pay tribute to his favorite bands ("Conduit For Sale!" is a nod to the Fall), but these songs are unconventional in a way that set the convention for bands that came after them. --Douglas Wolk

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Around 1993, at the age of 19, my brother asked me what cd I wanted for Christmas. Two songs on the radio that I liked were "Courage", by "The Tragically Hip", and "Cut Your Hair", by "Pavement". I told him I'd take either one, and he chose "Crooked Rain", which was the Pavement album.
I listened to it a few times, but didn't really like it, except for Cut Your Hair. All the songs sounded the same, and it sounded "drony" and boring. But as I was a bored teenager back then, I had a lot of free time to listen to albums, and eventually this album really grew on me. The songs no longer sounded all the same, and this eventually became one of my favorite albums of all time.
Now, mind you, I wasn't into the music scene. I didn't have a computer or the internet back then. I had no idea about Pavement at all, except for this one album. Nobody I knew had ever heard of Pavement, nor remembered "Cut Your Hair". I was living in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the Auto-motive capitol of Canada, our "Motor City". It's a nowhere blue collar city. (Well, atleast it was in 1993) I'd never read a rock magazine. Most of the music I liked was 60's, 70's and 80's rock, just like my older brothers. My point is, I had no influences telling me to like this album. None what so ever.
A new guy began working at my place of employment. He was into piercings, tattoo's, and alternative stuff. One day our conversation included Pavement, and he told me that there was an even better Pavement album called "Slanted and Enchanted". In fact, it was considered their best one, he told me. It took me a while, but eventually I bought it. Unlike the Crooked Rain album, I liked Slanted the first time I heard it. It sounded crazy in a way. It kinda blew me away.
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By L. Swanson on Dec 16 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't see what the hype is about. This doesn't compare to Nirvana, Radiohead, REM or even Sonic Youth. There are couple of cool songs and the laidback detached singing is enjoyable but I see no traces of genius, just quirky lyrics, lazy arrangements and unmemorable boring tracks. I wonder if anyone who claims this is the greatest album of the 90's has any technical knowledge of music or song writing. Not that that in and of itself makes you a musical expert but it can give you a perspective that you might not otherwise enjoy. I liked some of the songs on Wowee Zowee and I think Malkmus writes some cool stuff but it's insulting to put him in the category that he is put into. I think that this (like most indie underground music) is hipster posing disguising no real talent or innovation. If you want real songwriting genius buy "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys. There is the slight possibility that I haven't "gotten" it yet but I find that doubtful. Extremely overrated and I am disappointed.
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By dsajhfaoiuh on Nov. 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
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.
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By Bo Dashius on July 3 2002
Format: Audio CD
OK, I can't pretend to be the greatest music critic in the world because I know I'm not. But all these little reviews are cracking me up. Practically every consumer review I've read so far sounds like a Rolling Stone Top Fifty Indie Records of the Oh So Great 90's. Basically, they all say that this is a "great" record, but that Crooked Rain and Wowee Zowee are much much better. Screw them, here's the current world ranking of Pavment records:
1) Slanted
2) Westing
3) Watery (Sure, it's an EP)
4) The ones that came later were good, but lacked the heart and rawness of the previous ones. They stole too much from earlier decades to be considered truly great. Don't get me wrong, I love the Beatles, but originality has to count for something, right?
Also, the order I ranked them is the order I heard and bought them, so there you go, little buddy. Seriously, buy all the Pavement records, just don't let the crappy magazines shape how you appreciate them (translation: Crooked Rain isn't that great).
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