Slanted and Enchanted

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Slanted and Enchanted
Studio album by Pavement
Released 20 April 1992
Recorded 13–20 January 1991 at Louder Than You Think Studios, Stockton
24 December 1990 at South Makepeace Studios, Brooklyn ("Here")[1]
Genre Indie rock, lo-fi[2]
Length 38:41
Label Matador
Producer Pavement
Pavement chronology
Slanted and Enchanted
(1992)
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
(1994)

Slanted and Enchanted is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Pavement, released in April 1992 on Matador Records. The album was distributed to critics as early as 1991, months before its official release; the original distribution did not feature the entire band as several members joined during its production.[3] The recording sessions were split between South Makepeace Studios in Brooklyn, New York, (recorded 24 December 1990) and Louder Than You Think Studios in Stockton, CA (recorded 13–20 January 1991). The album's name is taken from the title of a cartoon made by Silver Jews frontman David Berman.[4] Artwork was created by appropriating that of an existing album, Ferrante & Teicher's Keyboard Kapers. It reached number 72 in the UK Albums Chart.[5] In 2003, the album was ranked number 134 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. As of 2007, the album has sold 150,000 copies.[6]

A two-disc expanded version of the album, Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, was released in 2002.

Acclaim[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[8]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[9]
NME (10/10)[10]
Pitchfork Media (10/10)[11]
PopMatters (Very Favorable)[12]
Robert Christgau (A)[13]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[14]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[15]
Ultimate Guitar Archive (9/10)[16]

Since its release in 1992, Slanted and Enchanted has appeared on many critics' best-of lists and is frequently cited as being among the most influential indie rock albums of the 1990s. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in a five out five stars review, called Slanted and Enchanted "a left-field classic" and "one of the most influential records of the '90s".[2] In 2002, Pitchfork awarded the album their maximum grade of 10.0/10.0 in a review of the album's reissue[11] and ranked it as the 5th greatest album of the 90s in 2003.[17] Robert Christgau, in a highly favourable review, awarded the album an A grade, claiming that Pavement are "good at both tune and noise", yet Slanted and Enchanted yields "a message complex enough to offer hope... that the lyrics will catch up".[13] Rolling Stone called it "the quintessential indie rock album."[18]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Allmusic US AllMusic's Highest Rated Albums of 1992[19] 1992 9
Blender US The 100 Greatest American Albums of All time[20] 2002 67
500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die[20] 2003 *
The 10 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever[21] 2007 1
Pitchfork Media US Top 100 Albums of the 1990s[20] 1999 3
Top 100 Albums of the 1990s[17][20] 2003 5
Rolling Stone US The Essential 200 Rock Records[20] 1997 *
The Essential Recordings of the '90s[20] 1999 *
500 Greatest Albums of All Time[20][22] 2003 134
The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time[18] - 25
100 Best Albums of the Nineties[20][23] 2010 24
Slant Magazine US Best Albums of the '90s[24] 2011 40
Spin US 100 Alternative Albums[20] 1995 16
Top 90 Albums of '90s[20] 1999 5
Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years[20][25] 2005 4
125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years[20][26] 2010 9

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stephen Malkmus, except "Two States" by Scott Kannberg.

  1. "Summer Babe (Winter Version)" – 3:16
  2. "Trigger Cut / Wounded-Kite at :17" – 3:16
  3. "No Life Singed Her" – 2:09
  4. "In the Mouth a Desert" – 3:52
  5. "Conduit for Sale!" – 2:52
  6. "Zürich Is Stained" – 1:41
  7. "Chesley's Little Wrists" – 1:16
  8. "Loretta's Scars" – 2:55
  9. "Here" – 3:56
  10. "Two States" – 1:47
  11. "Perfume-V" – 2:09
  12. "Fame Throwa" – 3:22
  13. "Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era" – 3:21
  14. "Our Singer" – 3:09

The Japanese release of the album featured the songs "Sue Me Jack" (3:02) and "So Stark (You're a Skyscraper)" (3:01) after "Our Singer".[27]

"Here" is included in the soundtrack of The Art of Getting By (2011) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).[28]

Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe[edit]

On 22 October 2002, Matador Records released a remastered and extended version of the album with previously unreleased material. This 2 CD edition, titled Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, contains 48 songs, featuring the entire original disc and, in addition, 3 outtakes of which one is an unreleased song and the other two are alternate takes, plus the B-sides from the "Summer Babe" and "Trigger Cut" singles, 5 songs from two different John Peel sessions, the 4-track EP Watery, Domestic, and 13 tracks of a live performance of the band held at the Brixton Academy in London on 14 December 1992.[29][30] This expanded version reached number 5 in the US Billboard Top Independent Albums[31][32] and number 152 in the US Billboard 200 charts.[31][33]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ Soundtrack at the IMDb. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
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  33. ^ "Pavement - Chart History. Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 

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