"Lisa Germano was dropped from 4AD in 1999 and, to many of her fans, it was a devastating blow -- especially coming off what some consider her best work to date.Slide was our pick for the best album of 1998. It combines all the ingredients that make a great album: songwriting, artistry, and innovation. Although this isn't Top 40-ready music, it's Germano's most accessible piece of work to date. Lush, flowing melodies are interlaced seemlessly with lo-fi, muffled tones. Her voice is as melancholic and inert as always which suits her passive yet passionate writing style. This is Germano's most inspired work since 1996's Happiness (Capitol) and it also features her most hopeful writing ever."
Erica | Illinois - United States | 09/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a soothing album. I heard "Wood Floors" from a friend and couldn't stop listening to the song. When I wasn't listening to it, I found myself humming it. The song reminded me of twirling around in my socks on the hardwood floors of my parents' house when I was a kid. It made me want to be 8 again and skating around the house in my socks. The rest of the album is really nice. I've been listening to it at work practically all day today. I just put it on repeat and let it go. Some of the songs make me want to slow dance with my honey. There isn't anything extra original on this album, but it's a good album that makes you feel like there is something extra original about it. I'm currently borrowing this album from my boyfriend, but will be adding it to my collection soon."
Give the woman a big hug!
T. O | Scandinavia | 09/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't say how sad I am to hear that she has stopped making music. I can't really understand it...I love her previous work very much. She's the first american artist that I've ever come to love VERY much.
I think this is her best album so far, cause it is more varied in a way..or maybe just better balanced? Geek the girl comes second right after Slide. Hard to say why..cause I think they're both her best albums. Geek the girl just touches something else. Maybe it's songs like Wood Floors and No Colour here that make Slide a little better. I'm just happy she's done as much music as she have. But I hope from deep within my heart that she hasn't given up on us or herself. Please Lisa...come back! You can't just leave... :("
More like 4 and a half.
Blane | Brooklyn, New York United States | 10/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lisa Germano is an extremely unique artist. Her voice, her sound, her lyrics - all of it very different. So most of her takes a little bit to get into. While Slide is a little bit more accessible than past albums, it is no exception to that rule haha. Starts off with the extremely catchy (well, for a Lisa song!) and almost organic sounding "way below the radio". Familiar Lisa territory is covered, with her glum outlook on life - but there is a little bit more of an optimistic look on it especially on "Reptile". Some songs are so beautiful (Gullotine, Wood Floors) in their simplicity, that it reminded me that you didn't need layers of didn't instruments to make a great song. My favourite track is probably "If I think of Love", but all are great. If you like music that pushes the line with creativity, you will love Lisa Germano. Highly suggested. You also might want to look into her previous releases, especially Geek the Girl."
Lisa Germano matures musically
Christopher Culver | 11/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"SLIDE is the one release by Lisa Germano that could be said to have traditional song structures and lyrics. After the concept albums GEEK THE GIRL and EXCERPTS FROM A LOVE CIRCUS, both obsessed with depression and angst, SLIDE's songs show Lisa with (just a little) more self-esteem. While I enjoyed her earlier albums immensely, I'm happy to see Germano, with the help of producer Tchad Blake, change gears and bring her talent to something a bit more mainstream.The opening track "Way Below the Radio," with its verse-chorus-verse arrangement is our first clue that Lisa's musical ideals have changed. It's a powerful, sweeping song and Lisa's vocals are actually acceptable, a major shift from the depressed droning and murmuring of her earlier albums.The melancholy "No Color Here" has the down mood of earlier Germano songs but with prominent guitar playing. "Electrified" and "Reptile" are two of the album's standout tracks, the former due to Lisa's honest singing and the latter due to its unusual lyrics.Lisa Germano's draw has always been the unusual and bleak feeling of her songs, but with SLIDE she finally matured musically and wrote songs that were catchy. It is truly a shame that she left the music industry after the release of this album."