4.7 - Have loved Cosmic Warrior since I first heard it and love this one maybe even more. Wonderful glam rock, which I love, without the more do-woppy elements of CW that I don't prefer. On initial listen, I'm hearing no weak moments. Just an upbeat, fun and stylish record from beginning to end. Lush orchestrations, shimmery guitar, solid fills and solos, sexy sneering attitude.
Mysticism and pop can be a perfectly fine combination. Sometimes a perfect one. But it can quickly turn turgid if the artist gets dumb about transcendence being antithetical to pop. Suddenly, they think tempo, vibrancy, structure and precision are the enemy. Weird, huh? I mean, two years previous to The Slider, Moondance proved for a whole album that there's little more spiritually elevating than perfect songform. Not that Bolan doesn't get it right some of the time here. Metal Guru and Telegram Sam for example. Some more than fleeting moments elsewhere. But then he reveals himself as the easily distracted type, quick to get his head turned by all the 60s psychedelia signified by that silly hat. If he was alive today, he'd be a shortsighted England fan, riding the wave of the Euros success one second, crying for change (probably in the shape of Jude Belligham or Jack Grealish) the next. Haranguing Southgate, the pop maestro, for exercising too much control, for trying to be too perfect, for not *letting loose*. Taking risks. Running free. All of which must leave Southgate, folder brimming with meticulously orchestrated scores tucked under his arm, utterly perplexed.
Heard this more times than the national anthem. This album feels like a close friend. Every track is energetic, catchy, and GREAT.
Always here about t-rex in reference to Bowie. I can see why. Feels very fresh from track one. Real classics jump right out at you, and this one does. I have yet to know a song, but they all feel familiar. It's very obvious how this influenced decades of pop and rock.
sommige nummers waren echt bangers buick mccane was echt nice maar algemene album niet mijn ding
Hits the spot
sem t rex nao teria bowie nao teria nada
great album, added like half of the songs to my playlist
Love this album
Amazing glam rock, the title track is a mellow beautiful song. Start to finish, amazing songs
Beautiful rock album, sending it back almost 50 years yeeshhh
This is such a fun album, a favorite from one of my favorite bands. The Slider probably is the quintessential expression of Marc Bolan's vision as an artist. This is his moment musically, and he would never quite capture it again. The sound of the album is distinctive, full of great, glammy, hooky songs. It’s good old fashioned sexpot rock and roll embellished with the loveliest string arrangements and some killer guitars. T. Rex has a true pop sensibility while also being unabashedly strange, building on Bolan's origins in psychedelic music. The band moves effortlessly from ethereal to full on rocker mode. They've got songs that pull at your heartstrings and songs you want to crank the volume on and just rock out to. You can hear all the little tendrils that grew out of this music and ended up seeding everything that came after it for many years, from heavy metal to post punk and indie. As a front man, Bolan is confident, puckish and sexy, but he’s also unafraid to show his vulnerability. His vocal delivery is all at once quirky, heartfelt and expressive. The lyrics run the gambit from fanciful to achingly sad and are best enjoyed if you don't over analyze them. Fave Songs: Main Man, Telegram Sam, Ballrooms of Mars, Rabbit Fighter, Buick McCane
Great! Liked it
Love me some Marc Bolan
The Glitter Pixie at his best here. His transformation from Mod to Glitter King (Via Hippydom) was almost complete here. Lovely album stand outs of course are "Metal Guru" & "Telegram Sam" Definitely worth a listen if you have never heard of Marc Feld!
Totally unfamiliar with this band. Album extremely listenable. I’m really impressed with this. Like the Kansas City reference in Baby Boomerang.
S tier glam record
Que grande álbum! Rock bem tocado, empolgante, com peso na medida... sensacional!
Slow in the middle.
Favorites: The Slider, Buick Mackane Notes: Feel-good music, made me appreciate the old type or style of Rock.
very good. Fuzzy grunge rock vibe.
That was an album I have never heard before. The first part of the album was really catchy, but it fell off after that.
I think I like T.Rex after their second listen from albums on this list/generator. Good glam rock, upbeat and fun.
Brilliant. Some great tracks like Buick mackane, telegram Sam, ballroom on mars mixed with nice catchy guitar songs
Bowie in a good way
pretty good. Should listen to more T.Rex!
Really solid album start to finish.
Totally surprising. I thought it was going to be dumb Bang A Gong, but it was actually a pretty cool Bowie variant. Enjoyed.
I'm not a fan of Glam rock, although the album had a couple of songs I liked, but kudos for what they did to advance the genre
Psychedelic rock meets American pie
Fin 70-tallsrock. Artig gjenhør med Buick Mackane som har hatt heavy rotation på GNR Spaghetti incident-skiva. Surprise: Telegram Sam - digg låt!
muy buen disco!
Con este disco he recordado mis 15 años. Rock del bueno.
Rock. No está mal. Me suenan.
Big and up front 70s rock and roll sound. Feels like a fun album, definitely in the boat rock glam feel of things. Spaceball Ricochet is very David Bowie like. Yea this is peak boat rock
Coming right on the heels of Electric Warrior, this sounds like it could be part of the same album, though overall, the supporting songs aren't as strong. It would have been nice to be a UK resident in 72, when Telegram Slam & Metal Guru both hit #1 on the pop charts! I will never tire of listening to the title track.
Oozes cool and talent
- its fun - its David Bowie
I DRUNK MYSELF BLIND TO THE SOUND OF OLD T REX (and who's next?) love it love it icons for a reason! metal guru, baby strange
Sounds very similar to electric warrior which I really like also
Gotta love that early 70s Prod.
Pleasantly surprised! Not a perfect album, definitely some weird tracks. But there are some bangers! Rock On, Buick something. Good stuff.
-Relatively calm rock
I enjoyed this way more than I expected. Double-track vocaling, reverb drums, acoustic-fuzz guitar combos, all must have been a novelty at the time. Great songwriting. Great stuff.
I dug it!
4, super good rock n roll.
Oh this is good! Solid rock without having to try too hard. Fun listen. Not really any misses and songs don't drag on. The whole album together gets a but similar but not enough to drag it down.
Un grande disco di glam rock
classic glam rock
T. Rex is a band that I absolutely love, and yet always get the impression that I probably don't appreciate them as much as I should. This album lacked any of the "hits" I was already familiar with, but every single track was a joy.
Awesome album by T. Rex. I could add this to my regular listening queue. Glamorous.
7/10. Pretty enjoyable
I was frantically cooking Indian food while listening to this so it didn’t get my best attention, but I thought it was fun if slightly cheesy. 7/10
I really liked it. Not what I was expecting.
Андерграундный прото-панк, хард-рок 70-тых. Многие вдохновлялись. Крч классика
Pretty flawless glam. Marc Bolan understood the assignment. Fave track - "Metal Guru" is one of the standouts. Also "Ballrooms of Mars"
I really like this… it’s perfect glam rock pop. Marc certainly knew his way around a good melody!
That's more like it. T Rex at the height of their powers are like a force of nature. And this is about as it gets. It's got two huge hit singles, "Metal Guru" and "Telegram Sam", which means this was released at about the time I first discovered the band. I don't listen to enough T Rex. I'll put that right today.
I really liked this album, definitely reminds me of Bob Dylan but leaning a little more into the rock side of things rather than the folk side. I'm also hearing some early 60s rock influence like The Beatles and The Who. All around I really enjoy T. Rex's sound. 7/10
Great vibe throughout and some classic tunes.
3.7 - solid album that I really enjoyed. Nice guitar riffs and vocals from a n artist that screamed fun. Baby Boomerang and Spaceball Ricochet were two stand out tracks.
I enjoyed this album. Had never heard any of it before. Can really hear the David Bowie/Mott the Hoople style experimentation of the early 70s rock. You can see why this music was cited as an influence for such a wide array of bands and musical styles. Favorite songs for me were Rock on and Baby Boomerang.
I don't care if this was the inspiration for every hair metal band ever, it's just overhyped 70s rock. It's not awful, some of it actually kinda pumps, but I definitely don't care enough to ever listen again. 3/5.
decent rock album that still has traces of blues and other remarkable features
Good stuff, might like Electric Warrior as much or better?
Slower Rock than im used to but still enjoyed it all the same. Cant really compare it to anything....maybe folk at times.
Pretty good rock and roll. I'd listen to it again ya.
Unremarkable, neither bad nor good
It was fine, but missed a bite
okish i guess
"Metal Guru" is an entertaining upbeat first track. Overall feel very mellow with hints of T. REX's psychedelic rock past. Reminds me some other 60's psychedelic rock group, but remember which now.
I really enjoy T. Rex. The songs are uplifting, fun to sing along with and have a nice atmosphere. However, I am discovering that listening to a whole album of it is a little excruciating. A song here and there on the radio is great, a couple of songs in succession is also great. This though, I was impatient for it to end so I could go and listen to something that didn't sound exactly like all of T.Rex songs.
Forget how distinctive a sound trex have. Enjoyed it.
Couple interesting songs. Overall enjoyed it.
Not bad, but not exceptional.
Really bored by the first four tracks. The second half was surprisingly good. Overall, pretty solid.
ahead of its time
I've tried this album a couple times and still can't tell if I like it
T. Rex, fronted by Marc Bolan, was one of the most popular bands in the UK in the 60s and early 70s. They are seen as one of the pioneers of the glam rock scene. This is a great record. Nothing really stuck out as incredible, but everything is pretty solid. Satellite Sam is pretty cool
I'm not sure I've ever listened to this record--a good listen, but not as many iconic tracks as Electric Warrior.
Glam Rock puro. No hay ninguna canción de este disco entre las 10 más oídas de T.Rex. Telegram Sam que fue single está bien y también me han gustado Buick Mackane y Chariot Choogle. Además se puede disfrutar del Ballroom of Mars que versionaron más o menos aquí como el Divina Estás de Radio Futura. Interesante disco que para mí va de menos a más, así que escúchalo entero.
Pues okay, rock clasiquito, yo digo, a gusto, poco variado, pero a veces con buen ritmo. Fui fan de "The Slider", "Buick Mackane" y "Cadilac". Creo que es mi primer acercamiento consciente a T.Rex. 7.5/10
La verdad no logró llamar mucho mi atención. Mood: blah...
Some crackers, but a singles band really.
I'm pretty sure T.Rex would have been long forgotten if Marc Bolan had lived to an old age rather than going out young wrapped around a tree. This album is fine, no more, no less.
At first this album didn’t do much for me but there were some songs that I did like quite a bit. Still, I found much of this album fairly boring. It’s not bad by any means but it just seemed like a fairly normal rock album. Favorite songs: Metal Guru, Buick Mackane, Telegram Sam, Rabbit Fighter Least Favorite Songs: The Slider, Ballrooms of Mars Strong 6/10
Songwriting doesn't do much for me. It's well produced and executed for what it's worth, I like the fuzzy guitars and there's a great confident vibe from the vocalist that effectively makes these songs better than what they are: shallow and lame. I throw it a 3 for goodwill, but I only thought it was alright.
Enjoyable but not mind blowing
First time I've listened to a whole T.REX album :)
Nice album, title track is great!
Some nice songs, got a bit samey
songs i have never heard but heard a million times
marc bolan would boycott the ESL. pretty sure that's what i got from all his lyrics.
Ok, this is getting ridiculous now, but they do all sound the same! One song, done very well.
No great songs, but decent. Pretty consistent
It's okay. Kind of boring, generic sounding. I'm sure it wasn't at the time, but now a days this is a dime a dozen to me.
Better than expected.
Nothing *too* too special but surprisingly decent for 70s rock. None of the songs seem to be really about anything but that's ok in my book :)
same as the previous, liked it but wouldn't listen to it again
Great album that was new to me.
Meh. Was really looking forward to this. It’s ok. Can’t really say much else to be honest!
Ballroom of mars is a classic, sound is quite interesting for the time
Fun classic-50's-rock-type album with some punk notes. Still not 100% my thing but more enjoyable than the majority of albums I've heard already.
Seems like the kinda stuff lots of people were doing at the time. Nothing stood out too much but not shit music.
My existing opinion of T.Rex was that they were a Rolling Stones clone. I hate The Rolling Stones. Nothing about this album has changed my opinion. It’s capital-F Fine. Easy to ignore, inoffensive, but not terribly original or interesting. The Rolling Clones.
I think I prefer Electric Warrior but this is still a decent album.
Talented for sure, but it does go on a bit...
Strong start but tails off
Not my type but I see the appeal as usual!
3.5 out of 5 for me, great instrumentation similar to Bowie and Reed era but not as interesting
Wasn't crazy about it but did like telegram sam.
Wahrscheinlich auch eine Etappe auf der Road to Punk. Bekannt von flowerpower samplern aber nicht schlecht
I find this album a bit tough to rate. I liked it okay, but no part of it really stood out to me. I could certainly see how it would be significant for the time, but it doesn't sound particularly fresh or distinctive listening to it now. I want to give it a 4, but ultimately I feel like this album is sorta average for this list 3/5
Catchy pop hooks in some classicest of rocks. Nothing to complain about but nothing to fawn over
It was alright.
Metal guru Slider
Quite beautiful and romantic, while defining the gram rock genre definitively.
Cool album. Simple blues based rock. Lacks a wow factor but not bad.
Pretty standard glam rock.
Este disco es un claro ejemplo de lo que me pasó con T. Rex y que seguro le pasó al público en general: parece una mala copia del disco anterior. Así como el Electric Warrior es un discazo y tiene muchas cosas imperdibles, este disco es un refrito de las mismas ideas, quizá con un par de momentos adicionales de guitarra o coros, pero en general olvidable (y por lo tanto cuestionable para la lista). Creo que el colmo es la canción en la que usa su nombre una y otra vez, aunque es posible que sea parte de la versión extendida que me apareció.
Decent album but I’ve never been a big fan
I never saw the appeal of T.Rex but I didn’t mind this. Some decent guitar and maybe his voice isn’t as whiny as and over effected as later songs? Interesting to read that they were doing folk songs a couple of years previously.
I love quite a bit of Bolan's music but this album wasn't as good a I expected it to be.
Some fun to be had here. I wouldn’t gush over it.
It's ok I guess. Wouldn't turn it off if I heard it again but probably won't go seeking it out either. Every song on this album was about a 3.5 or so.
This might be the hardest album I have had to give a score so far. I enjoyed it mainly for the clean production, solid guitar work, and consistent vibe throughout the whole record. This is another set of great background music which is not necessarily a bad thing; however, I didn't feel that there were any standout tracks or moments which makes it a little harder to judge. I would guess that it would be a grower upon multiple listens, but I am not sure if there was enough for me to give it my full attention in the future (although I definitely wouldn't be opposed to listening to it again in the right setting). 3/5. NOTE: I was a couple of songs in when I randomly thought "This sounds similar to the Bang a Gong song", and it turns out that song is also by T. Rex! Not my favorite song, but I think it's funny that with all of the songs I have heard over my lifetime that I was able to make that connection.
Pretty straight forward classic rock. Steady guitar riffs and a few changes. Buick McCane was my favorite
I don’t like 70s rock, but spaceball ricochet was pretty good
Never really cared for this.
Not bad but not great I guess. Distracted listening while work again. Maybe 1-2 songs.
Not very good
Ensimmäinen biisi toi positiiviset mielleyhtymät Smithsin Panic:iin, ja samalla nosti odotukset loppulevystä taivaisiin. Vähän tämä kuitenkin lässähti ekan biisin jälkeen. Ihan mukavaa perusrockia mutta ei tähän tule enää palattua uudestaan.
Somewhat negative reaction. I don't really like his voice and don't feel like the songs are particularly catchy, despite some interesting backing.
Not a fan. Didn’t really get what he was going for. The genre itself sounded like The Beatles’ classmates who got jealous and decided to do LSD too and see what happened. Heard some doowop elements too but just couldn’t glom onto it.
this band.....what exactly did i listen to? i mean, the music is good, lyrics are kinda whatever, it just sounds so generic. honestly, i don't have a favorite song, and yeah, this album did NOT sell me on this band.
Didn’t really stand out to me
I appreciate the album and the group for its role in 70s glam. It is not my type of rock, not as fast tempo as the songs I like most. Also, the album loses its flow half way despite starting strong. I loved telegram sam and a few riffs along with the string orchestration on a few tracks which was brilliant. Good album, but not exactly my taste.
I'm done with glam rock
This album seemed longer than it actually was.
“The Slider” by T. Rex (1972) Here is an album produced to please without requiring much of the listener. Sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered. Lyrically, we have common words and phrases nonchalantly sprinkled over melodies and rhythms as a sort of artless garnish. There’s no meaning here, no passion—nothing to think about (exception: “Ballrooms of Mars”. But don’t waste your time. It’s no big deal). The words are simply a delivery vehicle for the sound. And the sound is undoubtedly pleasing. Simple backing vocals and easy orchestral arrangements provide a comfortable texture. An occasional unexpected chord progression and time signature variation provide spice, but nothing that shocks the senses. It amounts to ‘easy listening’ pop/rock. Lead guitar riffs and solos are rather uninspired, but are well supported by a disciplined rhythm section. Lead vocal is interesting. Marc Nolan’s airy tenor completely lacks timbre or any sonorous quality, but he raises these weaknesses to an art form. Frequent mic pops reveal a voice with virtually no natural power. Seemingly obligatory ‘screams’ and ‘wails’ are laughably puny. Backing arrangements seem designed to compensate for this huge flaw. But it’s still entertaining, albeit with an occasional chuckle. Certainly not ‘bad’—almost ‘good’. Definitely not ‘very good’. I’m so torn. 2/5
70's glam rock that isn't really for me. Some parts sounded vaguely familiar or reminiscent of other things, but mostly just weird.
I have never listened to a T.Rex Album in full. Find it a bit ploddy. Not enough hooks and missing any of the hits. 2/5 as you can hear riffs that bands since have ripped off. But massively disappointing.
Tää oli vähän tällainen köyhän miehen David Bowie. Mars-aihettakin löytyi levyltä ja pikagooglauksen perusteella Bowien Ziggy Stardust -levy julkaistiin reilua kuukautta ennen tätä. Selkeästi ollut avaruushommat tapetilla kuulaskeutumisen jäljiltä!
Ekasta raidasta vahvat Hanoi Rocks -vibat ja hyvää menoa. Jotenkin tasapaksuksi tykittelyksi jää kuitenkin loppu kokonaisuus.
Less fun than I thought it would be. Fun Fact: Robert Plant's favourite tracks off this are Baby Boomerang and Baby Strange. I think we know why.
Ei oikein jaksanut pitää otteessaan. Ei suuria tunteita - ei positiivisia, ei negatiivisia. Sen sijaan, että olisin kuunnellut levyn uudestaan, päädyin kuuntelemaan maistiaisia muilta T. Rexin levyiltä. Tunnelmaltaan rauhallista rockia niin tämä The Slider kuin T. Rexin muukin tuotanto
Normally I love t rex, but this is just not the best album I've heard from them. All the songs sound like "Life's a Gas" I honestly thought I'd like it more. I don't sense a lot of emotion or authenticity here. I guess I compare this to the electric warrior sessions and get disappointed. By 1972, this sound would have been dated. I don't understand this one.
eh, wasn't that bad just didn't stand out to me at all
Started off bopping along to Metal Guru and thinking “yeah, I could really get into this”; four songs later I was still bopping along to Metal Guru thinking “Wow, Metal Guru is a very long and repetitive song.” What I’m saying is this sounded exactly the same all the way through - just as those critics of Southgate’s so-called conservative tactics sounded the same all the way through Euro 2020, even as England rolled on to the final, and ended up just a matter of inches away from winning the thing on penalties.
not sold on their sound and didnt think any of the songs were very good
Really didn't do anything for me. I even skipped a few songs.
Reminds me of Alice Cooper
Pretty together. Not a lot of ubiquity. All very the same. No bad songs, but nothing stand out.
Hmm, wanted to like this but just wasn't feeling it! I like tunes like Solid Gold Easy Action but it wasn't on here ☹️ only a 2
Absolutamente innecesario. Ni siquiera siento que tenga mucho que decir. El disco se me hace muy bueno en un vacío pero Electric Warrior aparte de llevárselo de calle ya salió en la lista. Suena tremendamente igual pero un poco más flojo y repetitivo. Siento que está en la lista por capricho de algún editor. Musicalmente muy agradable, pero no tendría muchas razones de recomendarlo y dejar que ocupe un lugar en esta lista.
Repetitive dross from Bolan. Too much hairspray and glitter fumes must have affected everyone in the seventies for this to be considered anything but music for 8 year olds. What someone thinks good rock sounds like when they have never actually listened to rock. Best Tracks: Metal Guru; Baby Boomerang; Telegram Sam
2/5 can't really say it thrilled me.
Not doing it for me. It’s just so same same in regards to the sound and genre of so many other albums from this time period. There is nothing here to distinguish itself from anything else I’m afraid. 1 Star!
All the elements for “Bang a Gong” were there, they just couldn’t pull it together.
Никогда не любил глэм. Это ж какое-то позёрство типа эмо в наше время
I'm not a glamrock fan.