Slanted and Enchanted

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Slanted and Enchanted
Slanted and Enchanted album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 20, 1992
Recorded
  • December 24, 1990 ("Here")
  • January 13–20, 1991
Studio
  • Louder Than You Think Studios, Stockton
  • South Makepeace Studios, Brooklyn ("Here")[1]
Genre
Length39:01
LabelMatador
ProducerPavement
Pavement chronology
Perfect Sound Forever
(1991)
Slanted and Enchanted
(1992)
Watery, Domestic
(1992)
Singles from Slanted and Enchanted
  1. "Summer Babe"
    Released: August 23, 1991 (EP)[3][4][5]
  2. "Trigger Cut"
    Released: August 14, 1992[6]

Slanted and Enchanted is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Pavement, released on April 20, 1992 by Matador Records. It is the only Pavement album to feature drummer Gary Young. The album received critical acclaim and is seen as a landmark for indie rock, with Rolling Stone ranking it 199th on its 2020 edition of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As of 2007, the album had sold 150,000 copies.

Release[edit]

Slanted and Enchanted 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.[7] The recording sessions were split between South Makepeace Studios in Brooklyn, New York (recorded December 24, 1990) and Louder Than You Think Studios in Stockton, California (recorded January 13–20, 1991).

The first single (EP), "Summer Babe" appeared in August 1991.[3][4][5] It was the last release on Chicago's Drag City label before the band moved to Matador. It contained the B-sides "Mercy Snack (The Laundromat)" and "Baptist Blacktick" that were later included on the deluxe version of the album. A different mix of "Summer Babe," entitled "Summer Babe (Winter Version)," became the first track on the band's debut album. The song was also ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as number 286 in its 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time,[8][9] and as number 292 in the 2011 update of the list.[10]

"Trigger Cut" was first released in the UK by Big Cat Records on July 13, 1992, later released in the US by Matador the following month.[11]

The title Slanted and Enchanted is taken from the title of a cartoon made by the late Silver Jews frontman David Berman.[12] Its cover art was created by appropriating that of an existing album, Ferrante & Teicher's Keyboard Kapers. Slanted and Enchanted was officially released on 20 April 1992 to critical acclaim, originally reaching a peak of number 72 on the UK Albums Chart.[13] As of 2007, the album had sold 150,000 copies.[14]

In 2002, Matador released Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, a compilation containing Slanted and Enchanted in its entirety, as well outtakes and other rarities from the same era.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

I think Slanted and Enchanted probably is the best record we made,
only because it's less self-conscious and has an unrepeatable energy about it.[16]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[17]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[18]
NME8/10[19]
Q[20]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[21]
Select4/5[22]
Spin[23]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[24]
The Village VoiceA[25]

In a contemporary review of the album, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice was highly positive, writing that Pavement are "good at both tune and noise" and that Slanted and Enchanted yields "a message complex enough to offer hope ... that the lyrics will catch up".[25] Erik Davis of Spin designated Slanted and Enchanted as the magazine's "Platter du Jour" for March 1992, describing the album as "so fine it occasionally seems too perfect."[26]

Since its release 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 cited the album as "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[27] and ranked it as the fifth greatest album of the 1990s in 2003.[28] Rolling Stone called Slanted and Enchanted "the quintessential indie rock album" and placed it on the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time[29][30] In 2017, Billboard called it a "slacker masterpiece" and "the definitive indie rock album".[31]

Accolades[edit]

Rankings for Slanted and Enchanted
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Blender US The 100 Greatest American Albums of All time[32] 2002 67
500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die[32] 2003 *
The 10 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever[33] 2007 1
Pitchfork US Top 100 Albums of the 1990s[32] 1999 3
Top 100 Albums of the 1990s[28][32] 2003 5
Rolling Stone US The Essential 200 Rock Records[32] 1997 *
The Essential Recordings of the '90s[32] 1999 *
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2012 135[29]
2020 199[34]
The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time 2013 25[30]
100 Best Albums of the Nineties[32][35] 2010 24
Slant Magazine US Best Albums of the '90s[36] 2011 40
Spin US 100 Alternative Albums[32] 1995 16
Top 90 Albums of '90s[32] 1999 5
Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years[32][37] 2005 4
125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years[32][38] 2010 9

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLength
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."Zurich 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
Total length:39:01
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
15."Sue Me Jack"Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich3:02
16."So Stark (You're a Skyscraper)"Malkmus3:01
Total length:44:44

Personnel[edit]

Pavement

Additional Personnel

  • Cy Jameson – engineer ("Here")[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[39] 72

References[edit]

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