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Yo La Tengo: Popular SongsPopular Songs (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Yo La Tengo has never gotten as much credit as they deserve. They loved the Velvet Underground before it was cool, when most of the current VU-aping acts were still in pull-ups. But more than that, they deserve more name-drops themselves. Jelone's review of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's album w.
Yo La Tengo has never gotten as much credit as they deserve. They loved the Velvet Underground before it was cool, when most of the current VU-aping acts were still in pull-ups. But more than that, they deserve more name-drops themselves. Jelone's review of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's album was spot on, saying the band "sounds like a tribute album to the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Ramones by Belle & Sebastian," which was enough to send me running to the record store. But he could have cut down the word count: they sound like a Yo La Tengo rocker. On Popular Songs (this is not a greatest hits record, by the way), "Nothing to Hide" is a perfect example. It's bare bones -- three Big Muff-ed chords, catchy organ, speeding rhythm section and frontman Ira Kaplan and drummer/wife Georgia Hubley singing so sweetly you can't tell them apart. Perhaps they get shafted on their props because they excel at so many different angles, rather than a particular sound that can be easily categorized and referenced. These rockers only turn up once or twice an album after all.
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