Of all the Pavement albums, although all gems in their own right, 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' stands out as their most coherent and accessible set of songs. This album has a bit of everything and is perhaps the best record for those seeking an introduction to the genuis of Steve Malkmus & co. From the 'oooh, oooh, ooohs' and jangly guitars of 'Cut Your Hair' to the country rock of 'Range Life' with it's war of words against the Smashing Pumpkins there is always something to keep your ears interested. 'Goldsoundz' sees Malkmus at his best vocally with his hoarse tones gliding effortlessly over an airy guitar riff. Closing song, 'Fillmore Jive' sees Pavement at their most epic (or as close as Pavement get to epic!) with strung out blissful guitar solos and alternations between quiet and loud!
If you have yet to discover the joys of Pavement then 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' is undoubtedly a good starting point. Unlike most of the other Pavement releases the songs here are consistently good and there is no need to reach for the skip button on your CD player! This is not to say, other Pavement albums aren't good, quite the opposite. They are all outstanding and Pavement were certainly one of the most unfaltering and exciting bands of the 1990's.