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One of the all time great albums turns 20 today. Off the heels of the Nevermind 20 year reunion comes one of the more under-appreciated albums of its time.
“Where were you in ’92. The music world was fascinated by “alternative rock,” which was culturally ascendent and extremely commercially viable: 120 Minutes held sway, Nirvana were a year into (and nearly drowned by) their sea change moment, and Lollapalooza was a thing that had just recently come into existence and would even come to your town if there were enough residents that regularly wore flannel. Into this environment Matador Records released a classic independent rock touchstone called Slanted And Enchanted, a record that never really rode that alternative music riptide to much, sales-wise, but absolutely shaped enough band careers and listening habits to merit recognition so many years after the fact. Here’s its commercial reach in context: By the time this record came out, Nevermind was selling about 400,000 copies a week; as of 2007, Slanted And Enchanted had moved 150,000. Which is to say, most acquisitions of Pavement’s classic probably came after 2007, a lot of which probably aren’t logged in any legitimate record store ledger. So then to the point: Let’s celebrate Slanted & Enchanted by talking about why it’s the youngest-feeling 20-year-old album imaginable.”
Click the album cover to see Stereogum’s full article on this classic and enjoy the opening track off Slanted & Enchanted below: