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Pavement: Slanted and EnchantedSlanted and Enchanted (1992)
Matador Records

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Pavement was probably the "it' band in the indie rock underground in the 1990s. Not only did they set the groundwork for that scene as well as the slacker rock / lo-fi craze, they also made some damn good songs. Their first album was Slanted and Enchanted, a record that may be, more often than not, .
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Pavement was probably the "it' band in the indie rock underground in the 1990s. Not only did they set the groundwork for that scene as well as the slacker rock / lo-fi craze, they also made some damn good songs. Their first album was Slanted and Enchanted, a record that may be, more often than not, indie rock, but has a dazzling energy to it not unlike punk rock. This is especially true on the song "Two States," in which they sound like the mighty post-punkers the Fall, complete with a truly good vocal impression of Mark E. Smith.

The album's pinnacle comes at songs four and five with "In the Mouth a Desert" and "Conduit for Sale!". The former is a catchy rocker with singer/guitarist Stephen Malkmus vocally smug (in the good way), augmented by bursts of feedback. "Conduit" is the opposite, and is a stellar example of Pavement at both their most experimental and hardest. The track features whirling guitars and Malkmus screaming the chorus, "I'm trying!" over and over, with ranty spoken word breaking up the swirl of infused instruments whipping around each other, like two goldfish in love swimming fish eyes and fish eyes locked onto one another while swimming around the outer rime of the fishbowl.

"Summer Babe (Winter Version)" and "Loretta's Scars" are stellar examples of the band in a poppy mode. However, it's not generic pop; rather, the songs have a genuine sense of melody that it earns, unlike many mainstream acts that just seem to force the hooks onto the listener with their ritzy production. "Perfume-V" is another rocker that sounds like a combination of both of these noisy and poppy types of Pavement molds.

The rest of the songs may not be as good, but whether it be the rising-to-stop-to-rise-again "Fame Throwa" and "No Life Singed Her," to the blazing "Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era," and quieter songs like "Zurich Is Stained," Slanted and Enchanted barely stumbles.

However, on the track "Here," despite having Malkmus' crisp vocal work, the listener will want the hooks to emerge more pronounced, and the same can be said about the closing track, "Our Singer." Despite the good singing, the subtlety on this last track is too obvious, as it has never been unusual for bands to put a soft song last and this song in particular really doesn't add much to Slanted and Enchanted; it defines it in the way that this record will often leave you mystified when it's about side-stepping the clichés with its fun attitude. When it doesn't, it may still be slanted away from being even average, but you will still want that ingenuity to shine through.

 

 
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whopperforthecopper (July 4, 2009)

summer babe might be my least favorite song on the album.

but its definitely a 5-star album

ollywood (January 8, 2009)

I thought RET was alright, I didn't think it was great. Archangel, Never Mind The Bollocks is also a universally praised album but I can't really say anything good about it, should I drop out of music. It's comments like that which kind of make me lose respect for people. Score is for Archangel

billnye (January 8, 2009)

archangel kind of came of as a douche but I can kind of see where he's coming from. Real emotional trash is fine for what it is. Malkmus just jamming out and shit. What do you guys like so much about it?

i-type-poorly (January 8, 2009)

Real Emotional Trash is awesome

This album is not awesome. I understand what it is doing, but I don't find it enjoyable to listen to under any circumstance.

Assume about my character all you like, but that is what I think.

Ollywood (January 8, 2009)

So much for having an opinion.

Am I right?

I must say, Archangel you really come off as a douche

ngs091 (January 8, 2009)

2md P.S. Sorry for some of the grammer errors in the last post, but archmesiter isn't even worth any more of my time, until he actually, well, thinks logically and nicely.

Laters.

ngs091 (January 8, 2009)

ďFirst of all, Real Emotional Trash is a very good album. Pointing this out doesn't save you: You clearly suck at music.

I know the old formula is "Take something everyone recognizes is perfect and say it SUCKS" for INSTANT CRED but you are not qualified to award this anything shy of 5 full stars.

And if you seriously think RET is better than S&E, just drop out of musicĒ

All right, I canít say all I want to, as I actually have a conscience, but your are truly a patented moron.

Your name calling, not making any true points, and you sound like a jerk off, good luck with that first of all. Itís called constructive criticism, genius. So. I ďsuck at music,Ē and I am trying to get ďInstant creed,Ē itís called honest opinion. I donít have to like it at all and 4/5 is a good score. Art is always subjective. If I wrote a review, for instance, saying The Backstreet Boys were the best band on earth, and makes your music look like shit, I would actually have more cred than your uneducated, insipid, and unliterate ass.

Ya, Iíll drop out of music all right, if you drop out of the face of the earth, fuckface.

To everyone else:

Sorry, I swear Iím a nice guy, but if anyone wants to have a ďrealĒ constructive argument about why itís not 5 stars, Iím all for it. I know the review on the short side, but I can expand on my opinion for sure!

I hope I donít look to much like an idiot, I just donít have to take this stuff, sorry.

Edit:

P.S.

Back to archy,

And if you actually think the Killers album you reviewed is 4 stars and I Would Set Myself on Fire for You is 4 1/2, you are truly an idiot.

It works both ways, huh.

ngs091 (January 8, 2009)

ďFirst of all, Real Emotional Trash is a very good album. Pointing this out doesn't save you: You clearly suck at music.

I know the old formula is "Take something everyone recognizes is perfect and say it SUCKS" for INSTANT CRED but you are not qualified to award this anything shy of 5 full stars.

And if you seriously think RET is better than S&E, just drop out of musicĒ

All right, I canít say all I want to, as I actually have a conscience, but your are truly a patented moron.

Your name calling, not making any true points, and you sound like a jerk off, good luck with that first of all. Itís called constructive criticism, genius. So. I ďsuck at music,Ē and I am trying to get ďInstant creed,Ē itís called honest opinion. I donít have to like it at all and 4/5 is a good score. Art is always subjective. If I wrote a review, for instance, saying The Backstreet Boys were the best band on earth, and makes your music look like shit, I would actually have more creed than your uneducated, insipid, and unliterate ass.

Ya, Iíll drop out of music all right, if you drop out of the face of the earth, fuckface.

To Everyone else:

Sorry, I swear Iím a nice guy, but if anyone wants to have a ďrealĒ constructive argument about why itís not 5 stars, Iím all for it, I know the review on the short side,, but I can expand on my opinion for sure!

I hope I donít look to much like an idiot, I just donít have to take this stuff, sorry.aA

Archangel (January 7, 2009)

First of all, Real Emotional Trash is a very good album. Pointing this out doesn't save you: You clearly suck at music.

I know the old formula is "Take something everyone recognizes is perfect and say it SUCKS" for INSTANT CRED but you are not qualified to award this anything shy of 5 full stars.

And if you seriously think RET is better than S&E, just drop out of music.

ngs091 (January 7, 2009)

Has anyone heard Malkamus' newish solo album, Real Emotional Trash?

Honestly, I like it better than this, even!

Check it out if you haven't!

xote (January 7, 2009)

Awesome band/album.

etwiels88 (January 7, 2009)

Why is this not 5 stars? Jesus Christ...

leecorsoisapenis (January 7, 2009)

"How does Brighten The Corners compare? as I've considered purchasing it."

Do it now! Double disc edition just got released. It is phenomenal. I would rate it their second best album behind "Wowee Zowee" but my opinion changes about once a month.

This might be my favorite band of all time.

i-type-poorly (January 7, 2009)

I love this band, but can't get into this album at all. I like heir last two albums the best.

ngs091 (January 7, 2009)

"Review gets a zero"

Opinions are opinions man, christ.

marcusd (January 7, 2009)

Score for album. Review gets a zero just because this is one of the few albums ever that actually deserves a perfect score.

mattramone (January 7, 2009)

One of the best albums ever.

warmchords (January 6, 2009)

such a great album

I agree with defiance, Summer Babe is one of my favorite songs of theirs

billnye (January 6, 2009)

one of my favorite albums.
this and crooked rain are the tops. wowee has a bunch of good jams. brighten and twilight are ok.

defianceohioequalslove (January 6, 2009)

Score's for the song 'Summer Babe', one of my all time favorite songs.

ollywood (January 6, 2009)

Zurich is Stained is one of my favorite songs ever. This album, Crooked Rain, and Wowee Zowee are amazing, I didn't like Terror Twilight. How does Brighten The Corners compare? as I've considered purchasing it.

ngs091 (January 6, 2009)

"Perceptive," I mean, damn i'm as uneducated sounding as you now.

ngs091 (January 6, 2009)

"Four stars!?

FUCK YOU"

Very insightful and persceptive, lol !

TraumaSponge (January 6, 2009)

Score is for the balls required to give this universally fellated album less than a perfect score.

Archangel (January 6, 2009)

Four stars!?

FUCK YOU.

Martholamew (January 6, 2009)

I listened to this a little while ago and really didn't like it. Maybe I'll give it a second chance.

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