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Pavement (Indie Rock)

Slanted and Enchanted [LP]

Slanted and Enchanted [LP]

UPC: 744861003809

Format: LP

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Pavement: Stephen Malkmus, Spiral Stairs (guitar); Gary Young (drums).
Engineers include: Cy Jameson.

Recorded at Louder Than You Think, Stockton, California from January 13-20, 1991 and South Makepeace Studios, Brooklyn, New York on December 24, 1990.
This is a remastered and augmented edition of SLANTED AND ENCHANTED featuring the original album, the WATERY DOMESTIC EP, studio outtakes, two John Peel radio sessions from 1992, and a live recording from Brixton Academy.
Pavement: Stephen Malkmus, Spiral Stairs (guitar); Gary Young (drums).
Producers: Mike Robinson, James Birtwhistle.

Principally recorded at Louder Than You Think, Stockton, California; South Makepeace, Brooklyn, New York and Brixton Academy, London, England between December 1990 and December 1992. Includes liner notes by Stephen Malkmus.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Listening to Slanted & Enchanted is like listening to a college radio station that you can barely tune in -- melodies are interrupted by shards of white noise, only to have a simple hook pull everything back into focus. On their first full-length album, Pavement constructed a cycle of gleeful guitar noise punctuated by fragments of melody floating in and out of the chaos. Aesthetically, the thin, noisy low-fidelity production is appealing and uncompromising, but what makes Slanted & Enchanted remarkable is the songwriting. Instead of disguising an underdeveloped sense of songcraft, the production embellishes and subverts the band's gift for unusual, catchy hooks. Surrounded by fuzzy, noisy guitars, white noise, and Stephen Malkmus' languid vocals, the pure pop melodies of "Trigger Cut" and "Summer Babe" sound foreign, but the production gives context to the gorgeous melancholy of "Here" and the brooding "In the Mouth a Desert." Some listeners may initially find the lo-fi sound of the record inaccessible, but the sheer strength of Pavement's songs settles in after a few plays. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


1 - Summer Babe [Winter Version]
2 - Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17
3 - No Life Singed Her
4 - In the Mouth a Desert
5 - Conduit For Sale!
6 - Zurich is Stained
7 - Chesley's Little Wrists
8 - Loretta's Scars
9 - Here
10 - Two States
11 - Perfume-V
12 - Fame Throwa
13 - Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era
14 - Our Singer