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Slanted And Enchanted

Pavement Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Insanely overrated 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 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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5.0 out of 5 stars You know nothing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars You know nothing 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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4.0 out of 5 stars This album sounds like trash... its awesome April 2 2002
By JLA
Format:Audio CD
Some albums just reek of brilliance... every song screams out of top-notch musicianship and production quality. The lyrics are attention-grabbing and meaningful and immediately can be related to by the listener.... simple, catchy; ready for the world to embrace as a whole.
This album isn't one of those. The recording quality is fairly equivalent to a 20 dollar cassete recorder in a bathroom. The lyrics are about as decipherable as backwards sanscrit. The masses would sooner get used to jamming sharp objects into various body orfices as a morning ritual than listen to this stuff. It's horrible.
I love it. It's so awesome. Pavement is genius. They know exactly how to make rock music. Forget being normal. Forget being immediately catchy. Forget being clean-sounding. Forget everything you know about music because Pavement is here to re-build it from the ground up and save the world in the process.
The most brilliant album of the early 1990s. Clearly.
The only reason it gets 4 stars is I think they've done better ("Terror Twilight" and "Wowee Zowee" edge this one out), but its still essential. Think of it as 4.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars abstract art
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Overrated
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pavements best work, and the best work of the 90's
Pavements debut album "Slanted and Enchanted" was a somewhat obscure release during a time (1992) when alternative bands had sold themselves to the mainstream. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by eee
1.0 out of 5 stars Save yourself
Don't buy this. Please, just don't do it. You may as well set fire to a 20 dollar bill or gouge your eyeballs out. Buy something worthy!
Published on Aug. 25 2002 by mr treves
5.0 out of 5 stars You know nothing
OK, I can't pretend to be the greatest music critic in the world because I know I'm not. ...1) Slanted
2) Westing
3) Watery (Sure, it's an EP)
4) The ones that came... Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Bo Dashius
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever
Certain albums define a time period and Slanted and enchanted is definitley one of them. This album captures (and pretty much created) the indie scene of the early to mid-late 90s... Read more
Published on March 25 2002
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