No screaming guitars, no guitar extortion, no noisy guitars, no extended song based on heavy guitar riffs. Anything but that, but more `less is more'. It is like blues gitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac his famous trademark `less is more' has been used. Important to know: just like on previous records Yo La Tengo is doing their own thing and they don't do it by overnight. Because of this attitude records since `Painfull' have stood the test of time.
`Fade' opens enormous strong. Georgia lays down a shuffling drumbeat combined with James his bass line that makes your head nod. Your head will continue going up and down once quickly Ira introduces his moving guitar riff. When the song has ended, you'll feel like this short song is over too quickly only to realize it is 6m47sec. Through the record you'll treated on many small details by this three piece band. Subtlety is always looking around the corner to pop up. Gentle things are hidden in different songs like `Stupid things' with its warm chords and echoing and in the acoustic guitar track `I'll be around' where you can actually hear Ira moving his fingers over the guitar strings.
Yo La Tengo lovers and dedicators to noisy guitar and to guitar extortion probably will find this brand new record disappointing. It is not their masterpiece, because it lacks the diversity like in my personal favorite "I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass". But I can understand why in advance some reviews have made the link with "I can hear the heart beat as one" and with "And then nothing turned itself inside out"
Fade is a much appreciated and beautiful record. Fade won't fade but will stand the test of time.