If it’s dog shit you want, look for pavement
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.
If it’s dog shit you want, look for pavement
This first album comes off like a more laid back Sonic Youth, but with a sense of humor and a sensibility for brighter/catchier hooks. Stephen Malkmus' approach to songwriting, particularly his lyrics, blew me away when I first started really paying attention to them. Largely free of rhyme schemes, yet utterly memorable. Obviously very well educated with vocabulary and obscure references in spades, yet he pops his own intellectual bubbles by tempering it with whimsical goofiness and the mundane. The delivery and phrasing also underscore this in their playful and "casual" nature. Although this may sound very "normal" and familiar now, it is because their sound and approach have been so completely absorbed into modern indie music that it is almost difficult to recognize their originality in hindsight. One of the main tributaries of influence in indie rock. An absolute pillar. Loosen up.
Like Steely Dan looking in a cracked mirror, Pavement provide a wry slant on... things... too oblique to pin down but suggestive enough to catch a whiff. But whereas the Dan's semi-sarcasm comes across (to me) in their technical virtuosity, these guys prefer loosening all the bolts in their machine and incorporating the rattle to Becker/Fagen's precision engineering. The stop-start nature of the singsong screech-thud-sludge combos here, in tandem with Malkmus' head-just-above-water vocals, are all you need to tell something's gone off in the fridge even if lines like "fruit-covered nails" and "Zurich is stained and it's not my fault" don't tell you exactly what. Harking back further than Steely Dan, to my ears Pavement's patient zero is the Velvet Underground's Murder Mystery. One of these songs even bears a remarkable simiarity to it--just don't ask me which one. Like all Pavement albums, S+E is an ouroboros that leaves me blissfully dislocated from start to finish.
So many memories around this album. Nirvana kicked off my alternative journey and this album kicked off my independent journey. Well, maybe this, and Exile in Guyville. This album makes me happy. It was a time in my life where I was figuring out who I was and music was such a huge part of that. It was also college, and I was working at Urban Outfitters, so all the memories there. My CD even has my name on it from taking it to Urban to play as store music. I wish I could remember how I discovered them. I probably read about them somehwere.
This album is lauded by music critics and is often in ‘Top Albums of All Time’ lists. It sounds a little like prototypical Strokes. It’s essentially early indie rock. And usually I’d enjoy that; I just couldn’t enjoy this. No catchy riffs, meaningless lyrics... just felt very little. FS: Summer Babe
Never got the fuss for pavement, crap lyrics and bog average noise
It's sidewalk you nonces.
Excited to listen to this, my youth being largely defined by listening to emo - Pavement and Far - were bands I read about in magazines as the forefathers of my beloved genre. And yeah, for sure, I get that here in spades - the scream-singing, the speak-singing, the sloppy then tight rhythms, the gnomic titles (Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era); the pretty on the nose, but also kind of fun lyrics (“I’m trying! I’m trying!”). This is the seed that bore my youth. And as such, the recipe wasn’t quite as honed, and had a lot of raw edges. I admire this for what it brought forth, but I don’t know if I’d listen again, too too much.
Makes me think of Pete and Pete for some reason. Disaffected 90s shit. Love the opening track... then it's kind of downhill from there. I wanted to like this more than I did.
I can see some elements of their influence on future bands, but it’s just not a good rock album in my opinion.
I feel like this should have been higher as technically it fits into my wheelhouse of noisey, sludgey rock and pop but the singers voice irritated me so much I can't score higher than 2.
Pavement - listens to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground once. They sound like they would do heroin just because Lou Reed did. If we had to go through Pavement to inspire some shoegaze bands then fine, but there's other garage rock/alt rock artists of the era who I'd much rather listen to.
I know indie rock is meant to sound homegrown/DIY/garagey/etc (or any other sly synonym for "rubbish"), but this is so laughably amateur I have to wonder how on earth it made it onto a list this "important" (term used loosely given half the other crap on it). Over 300 albums in and this would have to be the most amateur-sounding thing so far. I guess sonically it's basically a lite version of Nirvana's Bleach, but with even less(!) talent and songwriting ability. Best part is that it has guitar solos, but you can tell none of them have any idea how to stay in key or even tune a guitar, so they just used single takes and the end result is a "nah, we MEANT it to sound jarring and awful! This is our indie credo!" lie-ridden stinker. Thank you Tommy Wiseau, but no one believes you. This fucking sucked. 1/5.
As annoying as can be!
This was dreadful. Seems like the music industry was quite accessible at this point. 1*
A lot like The Fall this one. The recording is absolute shit but some classic songs underneath it. Summer Babe and Desert my favourites
I knew Pavement going into this, but had never listened to this album. I’m glad I did I have been missing out! Pavement has that deadpan Steven Malkmus delivery that brilliantly mixes noise with very listenable songs and harmonies - a definitive example of 90s Indie slacker rock. This album has a real joy to it, not feeling over-edited or produced. How great is Stephen’s little chuckle around the two minute mark of Summer Babe? There’s a few tracks that seem a little gratuitous and I could do without, but they don’t bother me enough to even hit skip and the majority of the songs are great! Really glad to have this in my library now to bring back some of those 90s influences. Favorite tracks: Summer Babe (Winter Version), Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17, In The Mouth a Desert, Zurich is Stained, Here, Two States, Perfume-V.
I've always thought of Pavement as a darker Weezer with Nick O'Grady playing drums. I still think this is true. The problem I run into with their albums is some of the songs are terrible and require skipping. It's a great album, to me, if you can play it all the way through. This leaves something to be desired when I listen to Pavement. Crooked Rain is still my favorite album of theirs. I'll probably revisit this when I'm in the mood for some Pavement.
Summer Babe is my favorite Pavement song, so this one is high on my list. Pavement scratches a certain itch with me. Kind of the disaffected cool kid vibe. This album led me to Stephen Malkmus' solo record and the song "Church on White," which is on my all time song list.
I’m a simple man. I see a Pavement album, I give it four stars; and whilst it’s not my favourite Pavement album, there are some great tracks on here, depsite Malkmus’ impenetrable lyrics.
I got "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" earlier in this list, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one as well, but it feels like a way more stripped back, loose version (makes sense since it's the debut). I like the jangly, almost off-the-cuff-sounding nature of it. I can understand why people wouldn't like it, but it clicks with me. To paraphrase a favorite video game reviewer: it takes a lot of effort to look this effortless. Favorite tracks: "Here", "In The Mouth A Desert"
Hands tied, face down on the pavement, I was clearly in trouble, the game was up. A summer spent in the Cotswolds with the family sounded like the wholesome slice of recuperation I so desperately needed after another long season at Chelsea. We arrived to our hired cottage Wednesday morning, the smell of freshly mowed lawn in the air and a cool summer breeze tickling my brow. My heart was brimming with anticipation and I couldn't wait to get started. Marjorie and the girls headed down to the beach to set up camp for the day. I stayed behind as I said I needed a massive shit and didn't want them to be overpowered with my unbearable stench. Once the coast was clear, I began. I could barely contain my excitement as I unzipped my rucksack. There they were, still in their plastic wrappers. Perfect. Ready. I had always had a fondness for puppets as a child. The older and creepier the puppet, the better as far as I was concerned. I couldn't go to a Punch and Judy show without getting a raging stiffy in my shorts. Over the years my fascination grew more fierce, as did my dick. I found myself at more and more kids' birthday parties, but ultimately the questions and accusations from parents got a bit too much, so I had to force myself to stay away. I wasn't interested in their brats, it was the puppets, but who would believe me? Of course I would have the occasional lapse and find myself wanking in a nearby forest. As I peeled back the wrappers and touched the polished wooden faces for the first time, I knew these puppets were special. I came instantly. By the time I cleaned myself up I knew i had to get to the beach before the family started asking questions, especially my youngest Rhiannon, she was a real cunt like that. In my haste I must have left the front door open as I furiously headed to the beach. A mistake that would come to haunt me. After what felt like an eternity building sandcastles and paragliding, we returned home to find that our cottage had been ransacked. My sweet puppets, they were gone. My heart sank. I was inconsolable at the loss and also at the amount of sand in and around my foreskin. I left the cottage in a rage, determined to find the culprits that had ruined my life. It had been 6 hours searching park's and wastelands looking for clues when finally I saw something in the distance. It was either a dead child or to my horror, a crumpled, decapitated puppet. The knot in my stomach twisted as I approached. My biggest fear was realised. I sank to my knees. The next hour is a complete mystery to me. I must have blacked out, terrorised to my core. I awoke shaking, covered in blood and semen on a slowly rotating roundabout. My trousers were round my ankles and I was wearing no shoes ot jacket. I could hear sirens approaching rapidly. I knew I had done something bad. I ran.
Bit weird, kinda like soft rocky punk, tiny bit grungey. Maybe with more listens it'd be a 3, seems like something I could get into, but I think just a 2 in reality.
to pimp a butterfly
Raw young contemporaries to Nirvana, and it shows on this record. I love it.
Best tracks: Trigger Cut, Conduit For Sale!
A remarkable fusion of genres that i love, very great album
really enjoyed the album and the spotify radio that came out of it
Apparently this is a total classic album that everybody has heard of and loves, except for me. I enjoyed it well enough, although some of it doesn't do anything for me (I can see the nostalgia factor).
Ice baby I saw your girlfriend and she was Eating her fingers, like they’re just another meal But she waits there in the levee wash Mixing’ cocktails with a plastic tipped cigar
Great songs, good flow. Pavement at its best.
Great band great album
FIVE STARS One of the coolest albums ever made in the long history of rock. Revisiting it today was a pleasure I didn't *fully* expect, since I've probably listened to it a thousand times already. But it's still working, after all these years. At first, the thin lo-fi sound caught me off-guard, after so many glossy, so called "well-produced" records on the list. But quickly, I remembered why I love this record (and this band) so much. It's smart, melodic, rough, lively, cute, wry, funny, sad, bittersweet, nonsensical, dumb and bright all at the same time. "Summer Babe", " In The Mouth A Desert", "Loretta's Scars", and "Here" are instant indie classic. Funny how, now that I know music history a little better, I can spot a few winks towards other legendary rock bands from the past. "Conduit For Sale!" draws on the Velvet's "The Murder Mystery" for instance, as someone rightly stated here in this group. But those influences don't take away Pavement's own very specific talent. Slacker genius at its best here. Harder to pull off than most people think... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter But who caaaaaaares... even those rejects are somehow redeemed by Pavement's take on "success". In the end, what we all are is being like lame stand-up comedians on the stage of life, both grotesque and sublime. See the legendary opening lines of "here": "I was dressed for success / but success it never comes / And I'm the only one who laughs / at your jokes when they are so bad / And the jokes are always bad / But they're not as bad as this / Come join me in the sun..." and so on... Behind that thin layer of cynicism and the absurd, Pavement are most of all romantics, in the tradition of the Kinks and, once again, The Velvet Underground. So they deserve to be "here" with them.
On another list. Awesome record.
J'adore le côté grunge et bordélique de Pavement ! C'est pas mon album préfèré d'eux mais il reste très bien. 4,5/5
I fucking love this album, and I loved it from the first time that I listened to it. It's the first album I think of when someone uses the term "Indie rock." It's lofi, but somehow that makes it work better. The low production quality never gets in the way of the music, but it lets the ingenuity and songwriting craft of the band shine through. I'd recommend listening to the extended version of this album (Luxe and Reduxe). 1992 was a seminal year in rock, and this album is easily one of the top 5 albums of that year 5/5
One of my favorites. Found it in college and have listened to the album regularly since. Always makes me want to start a band
Brilliant, but not quite as good as their follow up (which I had yesterday!). Still solidly 5 🌟 though - and a new favourite band for me after 2 albums in 2 days
Your jokes are always bad
I wasn't familiar with Pavement until long after their time had passed, but in retrospect they were probably one of my favorite bands' favorite bands. This album is insanely good, and has held up really well over time.
Such a great album. This is one that I revist often and will continue to do so. Noisy, lo-fi, punk-ish, and great.
I really like Pavement. This album isn't as quirky or as smoothed out as some of there other albums. I enjoy raw and slightly more punk sound.
Oh, I do love Pavement. The kind of sloppy sound and indecipherable lyrics are sneakily also tuneful and brilliant. I never tire of this record.
Great album that still sounds fresh today.
Such a fun album. I have such fond memories of first hearing Trigger Cut and excitedly waiting for them to first tour Australia. I missed out on tickets at first but the venue they were originally didn't get it's licence. So I ended up seeing the play 3 of the 4 nights they played Sydney. At the final show Gary Young their original drummer greeted everyone as they entered. Those nights were a confluence of love, lust, laughter and broken hearts with a healthy dose of me being a jerk. This album resonates with me because it is the perfect song track of those ne'er-do-well days
Not Pavement’s strongest, but still holds a special place in my heart. And you know what? I get to rate things my way!
Cracking album, really nice raw 90s indie sound to it
Always forget that I love this record.
As I've aged I've grown to appreciate Pavement more and more. I still can't call this a total 5 star classic for me personally, but I'm much higher on it now than the last time I heard it.
Another album I listened to a ton at a certain time, but haven't much since. It's clear to me how some would find this massively annoying as I have some of the grunge/punk spectrum stuff that's come up on this list. No accounting for tastes: for what it is, though, I think it's tremendously solid.
Great album, would definitely listen again. I kept listening to more of their music after the album and I think I like more of their later music better, but overall feels like they were very influential.
Not bad. 4 stars.
I really enjoyed this - Luke has been gradually getting me into Pavement. I thought it was fun!
I love the way this sounds
Love this one.
Know the band and a few songs, but have never listened to an album. I teetered throughout the whole thing - Really like the music, but the vocals annoy me...
In mijn gedachte was dit album veel meer uitgesproken. Destijds een sterke plaat, verder niet veranderd maar toch maar 4/5 punten. Zou dit de plaat zijn waar iedereen positief over is?!
I remember first listening to this album in high school when it came out. They were the underground darlings when Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden were blowing up. I haven't listened to it since until now. The album personifies garage indie rock.
didn't realize how many songs i knew from this album. likely will go into the regular rotation!
Conduit for sale! Makes this album a 4 to me
I like this one a LOT more than I did on my first listen. It's not in your face, but if you get into the "slacker vibe" and appreciate the instrumentation, it has a lot to offer.
Enjoyed this a lot. Not the sort of thing I’d usually turn to and I thought I had it’s number after a couple of tracks but it continually surprised and delighted. Here for it. Will go again. More power to you girl.
I love Pavement!
So I should love Pavement. They're right in my wheelhouse, and my best friend loves all things Pavement. Turns out I really like some of it. Probably deserves (and rewards) repeat listens. And it turns out I really like this album. Surprising gem for me.
When I first got into this band I probably connected with this album the least for whatever reason. It’s definitely grown on me a lot and it’s very easy to see how it became a blueprint for a very certain type of indie rock.
Great album! I love the semi-chaotic sound.
Odličan album Pavementa. U 39min je stalo isto toliko minuta kvalitete.
SO many of my friends were into Pavement at this time but I never really listened much. I wish I had - this was right up my alley!
Quite good! Reminds me of both Nirvana (around the same time, too) and AJJ.
No són les cançons. És l'esperit del disc. El clima lo-fi, aquí sublimat, abans que tantes altres bandes malinterpretessin la filosofia DIY i es llancessin a publicar mediocritats disfressades d'andanades alternatives. Però també hi ha cançons: 'Trigger Cut', 'Summer Babe', 'Here'... Encara ho farien millor, però la ràbia i el to subversiu d'aquest primer cop els garanteix un lloc etern al podi del rock alternatiu
Oh man this was exciting to discover! I’ve heard the name so much but never really knew what to expect. LOVED so many of the tracks. Will fit in nicely with my Nirvana and Pixies collection.
This is okay. It's definitely not as good as Crooked Rain, but then few albums are...
I haven't listened to this in an age. I remember Everett's review in Melody Maker calling them the "New Nirvana", buying it based on that single written review from HMV in Exeter and being disappointed they sounded nothing like Nirvana. It really grew on me though, although it is a bit patchy. Listen to their other albums more regularly as they're more fully formed but would guess they're not going to be in the 1001.
I did not want to listen to an indie rock band from the early 90s today and was throwing a bit of an internal tantrum about it. But these guys have won me over, distortion and atonal speak-singing and all. I wouldn't mind if they lived on my block so I could hear them rehearsing in their garage. I'm still a long way from calling myself a fan of early 90s indie rock but I'll be happy to have several of these tracks shuffle up in my rotation.
enjoyed it very much, moet ik nog eens beluisteren
Wasn’t too familiar with this but I liked it.
Pavement, basically, created a sound that defined a generation. You're never really sure if they're playing too fast, too slow? Doesn't matter because it all works so wonderfully. Stephen Malkmus' voice can be a bit of a...thing, but I couldn't imagine this band any other way. A perfect mess of a band. This album gets 4 stars only cause I, personally, think Crooked Rain is the better album.
Slanted and Enchated, my God Pavement, you are really spoiling us. You usually expect one, but both is really quite special. What a day.
good this one.
Liked this a lot more than I remember liking Pavement way back when.
Wowee Zowee! This is an old favourite. The secret of Pavement is that their slacker sound and appearance clearly takes a lot more hard work. It takes dedication to be this awkward and angular and still sound THIS GOOD. They go on to release even better albums though!
The kings of all slackers make their debut appearance. Songs rattle and nearly fall apart but somehow they manage to keep going. Not their best album, but a fucking great start. Best Tracks: Summer Babe (Winter Version); In The Mouth a Desert; Here*
I dug this. Some great tunes and authentic performances. The singing and playing is not flawless by any stretch, and that’s the charm of it.
Love the vibe. This is a good album. A band I have listened to here and there over the years and always enjoyed, somehow never got super into them but glad I get to keep rediscovering them
Ooooo I created logo-indie for the masses oooooo
Didn't really like it at first, but it grew on me as I listened. Quite enjoyable.
I like Pavement, but I feel like this is a weaker album compared to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, which tends to have all the major bangers (and which Google autoplayed for me after this was done, really driving home the contrast). I'd say this is a true 3.5, but I'll round up cause I like the band in general.
Enjoyable. Somewhat up my alley
This has a lot of that rough Sonic Youth energy to it, but for whatever reason is much more compelling to me. I still don't love the occasional wailing vocals though.
Good ol slacker stoner core. 7/10
7/10. Liked it, didn't love it.