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Slanted And Enchanted [Import]

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a music scene hipster June 18 2007
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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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 abstract art Sept. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy going back and reading all of the mixed reviews of this album. Some proclaim it the greatest album of the 90s; others go on and on about how record critics are insane and only indie snobs could appreciate this. First of all, hearing this album for the first time and 2000 or 2001 is not the same as hearing it in 1992. An awful lot has happenend musically in the interim. When this album first came out, it was innovative and revolutionary. It reestablished underground indie music just as Nirvana was bringing its homogenized, radio-friendly offspring to the malls of America. Secondly, this album needs to be appreciated as an abstract painting would be. It's not a picture of a sailboat or a bowl of fruit before you but an acutal work of art. I think that a lot of people who are missing the point on this ablum can't appreciate its abstractness. They are fans who want their art to look like a recognizable image all of the time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confused and aimless - fails to avoid the traps
When they first emerged in the 1990s, Pavement were seen as the antithesis of the heavily produced grunge sound coming from Seattle in 1991 (Nirvana and Pearl Jam). Read more
Published on March 31 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Overrated
Hailed by many as the album of the 90s, S&E is really just a dissonant hodgepodge of subpar musicianship and angsty, overrraught lyrics. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Blackberries
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 You know nothing
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. Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Bo Dashius
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. But all these little reviews are cracking me up. Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Bo Dashius
4.0 out of 5 stars This album sounds like trash... its awesome
Some albums just reek of brilliance... every song screams out of top-notch musicianship and production quality. Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by JLA
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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