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Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo's career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997‘s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, ... Read more in Amazon's Yo La Tengo Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B000GUK0HM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
With a title like "I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass," it seems like an understatement to say that veteran indie-rock band Yo La Tengo are feeling confident.

And Yo La Tengo stick to what works after twenty years of indie-rocking, with a Velvet Underground vibe, solid pop tunes, noisy rockers and some wildly engaging jazzy experimentals. They know what they do well, and they do it as well as ever in their tenth album.

They take a bit of a risk in the opening number, "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind," a sprawling eleven-minute track that noodles through jazzy drums and fuzzy guitars. It sounds like the Velvet Underground having a lazy jam session, until the point where the cycling guitars erupt into a giant riff snarl.

The experimentation diddles around through the rest of the album, but never so strongly as it does in "Pass the Hatchet." They dabble in various other kinds of pop music, sprinkled with country, blippy electropop, retro-sixties, freestyle jazz and sweeping, dreamier numbers, like the ones from their last original album.

The highlight is "Beanbag Chair," which is one of those instantly lovable pop songs -- jaunty piano, blasts of horn, mischievous lyrics, and daydreaming vocals. If you ever heard Yo La Tengo on the radio, this would be their big, big single.

Yo La Tengo have diddled around with all kinds of sounds for the past two decades, usually with lots of success. Just so long as they don't try freestyle harmonica or classical bagpipes, there's no reason to think that they won't continue to succeed at their experimentation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Woodhouse on 25 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you already know YLT then it is really easy to review this album for you. Suffice to say it most closely resembles a Best Of.. collection. Not in quality (it has a few weak moments) but in style. 'I Am Not Afraid...' basically covers most of the musical variety of all their previous work, plus a few things that they've not got around to yet.

It starts and closes with extended art-rock wigouts, the opener chugging along in rather noodly fashion before really lashing along at the close. In between we get gentle piano-led beauty, fuzzy grunge, psychedelic blues, a long atmospheric instrumental and a big fat juicy collection of YLT having an extremely good time. You won't like every minute of it, and as on almost every YLT album sometimes you'll skip different bits but then that was always the point of YLT for me, if you are not in the mood then something different is just around the corner.

'I am Not Afraid..' is the sound of a band bursting with ideas and energy and perfectly happy to get the whole lot on record with considerable craft. You suspect that there is plenty more to come too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. Wheeler on 9 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is my first taste of Yo La Tengo. After it kept appearing on my music recommendations list from Amazon I decided to take the plunge. I've been stung before this way (Mercury Rev - which I absolutely hated) but I thought why not, £6.97 is barely more than a packet of fags and it can't possibly be any worse than Mercury Rev. I have to say I'm impressed and I wish I'd listened to this band before.

What we have on "I'm Not Afraid Of You And I'll Beat Your Ass" is an extremely eclectic mix of music varying form soul to good rock numbers through varying degrees of jazziness and indieness. The album opens and closes with two long tracks, the excellent 'Pass the hatchet I think I'm longkind' and the equally as good 'Story of Yo La Tengo'. Both in their near-shoegazing ways remind me of the excellent and almost completely overlooked "Amusement Parks on Fire". Between these two thick slices lies a sandwich filling of infinite variety most of which works excellently.

Highlights of the filling include the slow-paced downer of "I feel like going home" sung by Ira Kaplan, the McCartneyesque "Black Flowers", the Byrds-like "The race is on again" and the Velvet Underground inspired "I should have known better". Then again virtually all of the tracks are good here. The one duff track in my opinion is Mr Tough. It just sounds...well to be honest this could be The Scissor Sisters as my daughter helpfully pointed out - and she was right. This is a really dislikeable track. But....saying that the quality of rest of the album more than makes up for this one blemish.

I've listened to this quite a lot now and I think its growing on me. I didn't include it in my top 10 albums of 2006 but I'd say it's touch and go - this could easily make it sometime.

Give this a go, especially if you haven't come across this band before. you'll be pleasantly surprised like me. Something for everyone.
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One day I walked into the local musicstore, hearing some interesting music. Turned out to be the at that time Yo La Tengo's latest release "Popular Songs". The longs songs intrigued me. I went looking for their music and came across this record: a red colorful sleeve and a album title that made me smile “I am not afraid of you and I will kick your ass”. I tought, who names his album like this? And then to read the title of the opening track: “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind”. What is that? Of course, I was curious about the music.

I am much into Americana, rockblues and singer-songwriter, symforock and I do appreciate the britrock a lot. So how was I going to deal with this indierock?
Well.

Oh boy! Bam! It kind of blew me away in the most positive way. From the pumping bass lines and strong guitar in the opening song the record contain a most varied collection of obscure, gentle, soft, heavy, mellow, poppish, soul, indie rock-and-popsongs. After the first four songs I have been introduced into the broad wide musicspectrum of Yo La Tengo. This is not a record with one style. This is a record containing different styles perfectly matched together.

The best definition would be a 70 minutes celebration of musical variety. It is just surprising to hear how easily the band switches from style. For some, that will the difficulty with the record, especially if you prefer to have a record in a distinctive style. The distinctibe thing with this one is the wide variety. “Daphnia” is a beautiful instrumental pianoballad with the sound of rain, two songs later guitarist Ira Kaplan wakes you up with the fast, punchy punkrocksong “Watch out for me Ronnie”. Before there is already the organ and drums pumping, somehow Carribean shuffle “The Room got heavy”.
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