Brighten The Corners
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Brighten The Corners

8 Mar 2010

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  Song Title
Shady Lane / J vs. S
Transport Is Arranged
Date W/Ikea
Old To Begin
Type Slowly
Embassy Row
Blue Hawaiian
We Are Underused
Passat Dream
Starlings Of The Slipstream
Infinite Spark

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Mar 2010
  • Label: Domino Recording Co
  • Copyright: 1997 Domino Recording Co Ltd
  • Total Length: 46:13
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  • ASIN: B003AKGDI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,610 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of spanky goodness 31 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of my favourite albums ever. And NME gave it a whole 6 out of 10. This shows you what happens with pavement, a lot of people dont quite get it. In fact almost all of the pepole I have forced this album on havent quite got it. Oh well. I love every song on this album especially Stereo, Embassy Row, Old To Begin and Type Slowly. If you want to find a great band then this is a good place to start. Especially if you are a colonised amateur sea salt gatherer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius relaxing at the top of its form 6 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Another embarassment of riches from Pavement. Many fans will have the original album and possibly many of the other tracks on CD singles. What separates these reissues from the pack however is the fantastic packaging - collecting photos, illustrations and anecdotes contemporary to the album's original release.

It has been said that this is the sound of Pavement unwinding - the gradual spiral down to the over produced and underwhelming Terror Twilight. I disagree. If Wowee Zowee is the sound of Pavement trying (and succeeding) to escape the bonds that constrain most guitar based bands the BTC is the sound of them orbiting rock kicking back at the top of their game.

The second disc is characteristicly choc full of treasures. Alternate versions of The Hexx and Tan lines among others shimmer so brightly that most bands would kill for a slice of their genius. Things went south from here but at this point Pavement had the world at their feet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for the gentlemen from America 21 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I know we've still got Terror Twilight to go, but I can't wait any longer. Since the first re-issues of the Pavement back catalogue appeared a few years ago, this has become a sort of, every-year-to-eighteen-month ritual: buying each two-disc special.

This is how re-issues should be done.

Will the SM's first solo effort get the same treatment. Can't wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brightener 18 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Brighten the Corners" remains Pavement's most settled, accessable rock record, but the band doesn't eschew their musical sound or their indie roots. Rather, they just polish up the howly vocals and multilayered musical arrangements, and the result is pretty mellow and pleasant.

It starts off with the intermittently bombastic "Stereo," before shifting to the mellower "Shady Lane" and uplifted sound of "Transport is Arranged." A more raw sound enters with the fun rockers "Date with IKEA" and lighthearted "Embassy Road," while a plaintive confusion arrives with "Old to Begin." The remaining songs harken back to their indie roots, with the monotone jazziness of "Blue Hawaiian" and the weirdness of "We Are Underused" and "Passat Dream." It ends on a pretty strong note with the vaguely ominous "Fin," in which Malkmus requests, "I trust you will tell me/if I am making a fool of myself..."

"Brighten the Corners" serves to connect the lo-fi scratchiness of their early work to a more polished sound. Sure, there are some cries of "sell-out." But Pavement's sound transfers to the smooth studio sound without losing its complexity or raw magic.

The guitar riffs are as good as ever, starting and stopping one moment, and whirling around Malkmus's vocals the next; the percussion is a solid backdrop. There are also some coy beepy-bleepy snatches of mellotron, as well as what sounds like a wavery flute, giving a feeling of vague vulnerability to the lost-soul-type songs.

Malkmus will never sing in the opera, but his soulful monotone is wonderfully well-suited to the music. The songs themselves have a certain feeling of confusion, as if the world is bewildering and chaotic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't help but smile throughout. 15 Feb 2000
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Brighten the corners is one of those albums. Most will listen but not understand, it is their loss. The album is a true masterpiece in every way. Those not used to the vocal style of Stephen Malkmus will argue that he cannot sing. Somehow though the wonky wisdom he preaches draws together the music in a spell bounding way. I have never smiled so much listening to an album. If you could bottle happiness its in this album. Lyrically odd, quirky and highly original, its not like your typical indie rock, not like anything else. If you have not heard Pavement before, this album is a great starting point. After a few listens if you are not a fan then you don't like music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute magic. Pure audio bliss. 30 Oct 1999
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In my opinion Pavement's finest album. From the first track Stereo to the last track Infinite Spark. A pure masterpiece. It's very mellow and peaceful at times as well and a great album to sing along to if you like that sort of thing (I know I do). Definitely one of my favorite all time albums. My favorite songs on there are Stereo, Shady Lane / J vs. S, Transport Is Arranged, Type Slowly, We Are Underused and Starlings Of The Slipstream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicene Creedance Extras 18 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is not my favourite album by Pavement but this deluxe edition has some brilliant extra tracks. Notably the rocking No Tan Lines and Harness Your Hopes a song like a distillation of the Pavement essence. Also the harmonica powered Roll With the Wind is a corker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 5 Oct 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This band possesses some kind of magical halo that know one cantouch. You know when you've found something special when you can't compare them to anyone else, Pavement are in a class of their own. They show their magical colour's 'Stereo' the best song on the album which you may hear on the radio now and then. They remind the listener now and then that at any moment they could explode or just let you listen to the joy of a matured band. Other good songs are 'Ode to Begin and Embassy Row'. The music is colourful and bright this time around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty Of Great Moments
Although often compared unfavourably with the band's first three albums, particularly the inspired set of songs on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain or the sheer (reactionary) eclecticism... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Pavement's Infinite Spark
Brighten the Corners possesses cool cover with art which reminds me of Ka-Zar (a sort of land that time forgot pre-historic Tarzan with a sabre-toothed tiger as his best friend)... Read more
Published 17 months ago by David Andrew Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Underused
On of my favourite albums by the band. Great cover, some classic tracks and a nice production job that makes it sound clear and crisp while still regaining the edge from their... Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by ratmonkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, MY corners have been brightened...
This is a terrific album. I'd kind of forgotten how much I liked Pavement until seeing the "Slow Century" DVD recently. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2007 by Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars theres no coast of nebraska
'whats your favourite pavement album?' is a rhetorical question for me, i mean if push came to shove, i guess ill listen to crooked rain crooked rain the most, but brighten the... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2007 by Cliford Peter Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Edges papered, but tenderness remains
Coming nearer to the end of their career than the start, 'Brighten the Corners' does seem to encompass most of the facets Pavement have to offer

The opening track,... Read more
Published on 26 May 2006 by Mr. Joe R. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
One of my favourite albums, laid back and relaxing, yet with moments of indie noise and a more `rock' feel to it, in my opinion a pretty perfect balance between the two sides, and... Read more
Published on 22 May 2006 by David Lovie
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece? I'd say!
This is definetly the best Pavement album. A lot of people would say that 'Slanted....' is, but I couldn't see how. As a whole, its perfect and the songs individually are the best. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2004 by Sam Bennis
5.0 out of 5 stars "You will never be tempted to change the record!"
This album is not just a cd, it is a creation of mood in the form of music. The songs and their order are easily related to when listened to by the most simple of minds, but can... Read more
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