.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/6328381b19d84babf64f5334fb7ab355c8c88ba4.jpg Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe

Pavement

Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe

Matador
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 5 0
October 8, 2002

Oh, the summer of '92. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover." Kris Kross. Nirvana. Dylan and Kelly finally made out at the beach on 90210, while Brenda was off in Paris. All summer long, we sang along to the songs of Pavement, and every word we sang we knew was true, even the song that went "Lies and betrayals/Fruit-covered nails/Electricity and lust." Slanted and Enchanted was so damn good, nobody even cared if Pavement would ever make another album, let alone go on to a decade-long run as the great American rock band of the Nineties. But they did.

Pavement were two nice suburban guitar boys from Stockton, California, Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs, who headed into the garage studio of their hippie drummer, Gary Young, and knocked off a few songs for a laugh. Pavement revamped the avant-noise experiments of Sonic Youth and Big Black, but goosed them with playful energy and wiseass humor and stolen guitar hooks and unironically beautiful sha-la-la melodies. For all the art-punk excesses and lyrical goofs, the whole album flowed like a Buddy Holly song.

This tenth-anniversary double-CD package documents Pavement on a roll in 1991 and 1992, when even their lackadaisical throwaways were touched with greatness. We get B sides, rarities, the excellent Watery, Domestic EP and a December 1992 live gig in London. Luxe and Reduxe is forty-eight tracks of stray slack for the ages, with classics such as "Trigger Cut," "Here," "Greenlander" and "Shoot the Singer" holding up as the freshest, funniest indie-rock gold sounds ever recorded.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Bleeding Love”

    Leona Lewis | 2007

    In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com