By the time SLANTED & ENCHANTED was released in 1992, Pavement had reached mythical status among indie-rock lovers. The hype had been generated by three masterful vinyl-only releases: SLAY TRACKS (7" EP), DEMOLITION PLOT J7 (7" EP) and PERFECT SOUND FOREVER (10" EP). The dissonant, often beautiful mix of noise and melody on these recordings reaches its apotheosis on SLANTED & ENCHANTED--an album that simultaneously recalls the haunted darkness of The Velvet Underground and the sheer garage pop of the Modern Lovers. SLANTED & ENCHANTED exists from moment to moment, establishing ideas even as it breaks them down, deifying its influences even as it escapes them, becoming more exciting the more you hear it. It is, in short, a rock and roll masterpiece.
In their own way, Pavement changed the face of '90s rock just as much as Nirvana, at least for those with an ear closer to the ground of the indie scene. In fact, they virtually defined the indie scene for that decade, and their first full-length album SLANTED AND ENCHANTED was the non-anthem of slacker rock. For years after its release, every hip indie band seemed to imitate Pavement's Fall-influenced, off-kilter sound and post-functional, obscurantist lyrical approach.
The 10th anniversary of the record's release occasioned this special deluxe two-disc edition. Besides the original album, we get a healthy dose of rarities from this phase of the band's career, including radio sessions, outtakes, unreleased tracks, and a generous helping of live cuts. Though there are few revelations here, as the rare cuts sound pretty much of a piece with the classic album, the quality level is consistently high, both in terms of sound and songs. Any of the countless geeks who were instantly transformed into hipsters upon hearing "Summer Babe" or "Conduit For Sale" should be overjoyed at the abundance of prime Pavement on offer here.
Reviews...Pavement's idyllic indie-rock masterpiece... - Spin