- Audio CD
- ASIN: B0000276JF
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
This is an album that grabs you from the first listen, but requires repeat playing if you want to make sense of it - my first impression was a few nice tunes interspersed with a some shouty bits, but it took on greater value the more I played it.
the album opens with two skewed pop songs - Summer Babe and Trigger Cut and then it's a bit punkier as Stephen Malkmus shouts his way through No Life Singed Her and Conduit For Sale! (ah, the titles!). Are they just American Fall-copyists? Well no, because then the perfect Zurich Is Stained ('and it's not my fault') follows and all is right with the world for 100 seconds.
As a whole the album becomes more cohesive with every listen - a bit shouty, a bit shambolic, sure, but Pavement are also capable of great things as the breathtakingly sad and wonderful Here shows.
Everybody who's into American Indie should own this - it was as much a renaissance album that tired genre as Nevermind was for American Rock.