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Slanted and Enchanted

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Album Review

Slanted and Enchanted is a left-field classic, a record that came out of nowhere to help establish a new subgenre of rock & roll. Pavement had already sketched out their sound, as well as their amateurish lo-fi aesthetic, on a series of indie singles before recording their debut, but Slanted and Enchanted is where they pulled all of their disparate sounds together into a distinctive style. At first, the primitive sound of the record is the most gripping thing about Slanted, but soon the true innovations of the record appear through the songs themselves. Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs subvert conventional pop structures, turning melodies inside out, reinterpreting and reworking older songs, and bending genres together. It's a complex, enthralling record, filled with fractured riffs, strong melodies, and cryptic melodies, and with all the hiss and static, Slanted and Enchanted sounds like listening to a distant college radio station — melodies and hooks keep floating in and out of the mix, with individual lines instead of full lyrics surfacing through the murk. This unique song structure as much as the sound of the album itself makes Slanted and Enchanted an individual, signature work and one of the most influential records of the '90s.

Customer Reviews

Slanted view

Greatest bubblegum rock album of all time. Deeper and more addictive with each play, you will succumb to this moorish sound and see why they were so influential in the nineties indie grunge scene.

go-dingo-go

My favourite album of all time. Well this and also Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Wowee Zowee by Pavement. Many have tried to copy. No-one close. Simply, brilliant.

spilt milk

Good Album But clearly copied from The Fall. Two States is basically The falls "Auto Tech Pilot" from Bend sinister!

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Stockton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

With their fractured songs, unexpected blasts of feedback, laconic vocals, cryptic literate lyrics, and defiant low-fidelity, Pavement were one of the most influential and distinctive bands to emerge from the American underground in the '90s. Pavement, along with Sebadoh, were the leaders of the lo-fi movement that dominated U.S. indie rock in the early '90s. Initially conceived as a studio project between guitarists/vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg in the '80s, Pavement gradually became...
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