It may be a bit reductive to call Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain the Reckoning to Slanted & Enchanted's Murmur-- not to mention easy, considering that Pavement recorded a song-long tribute to R.E.M. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was a critical companion for me and my friends back in a very formative time. I didn't enjoy it at first, but now it's one of my Top 50 albums ever. It's great to have all these extras (two cd set that has 49 songs for about $15). 's second album during the Crooked Rain sessions -- but there's a certain truth in that statement all the same. I still haven't listened to Slanted and Enchanted but I'll … Not by much but for "Range Life" alone. Rated a little higher than Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe just because Crooked Rain Crooked Rain was a better album than Slated and Enchanted. I'd heard a lot of buzz about Pavement after spelunking a little bit online last year, and I decided to listen to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain as an introduction. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was my introduction to Pavement and I loved it instantly. In terms of iconic alt-rock anthems, Pavement’s debut album simply can’t compete with 1994’s Crooked Rain, ... Slanted and Enchanted is a consistently lovely, fresh-sounding record. A much more mellow, solid, and well-written album, though ultimately more tame and mature. #212: Pavement, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" (1994) Spin’s review of Slanted and Enchanted listed the Minutemen as a reference. I can never decide which Pavement album is better, this or Slanted & Enchanted. But the first 12 songs, the original album, are still the best thing about it. I was traveling a lot in '92 and '93 and was rarely close to a stereo, so somehow Slanted & Enchanted … If I strained my ears, I could hear the connection. These are not weaknesses of Crooked Rain, although when being compared to Slanted & Enchanted, I …