`This Is Our Music' indeed - with their boldly-titled final album title Galaxie 500 transcend their Velvet Underground influences and deliver the best and most confident record of their career.
All of the elements of their sound which so endeared them to the indie scene of the late 1980s are present; delicate percussion, emotional vocals and beautifully atmospheric guitars, but there is a new boldness to the band's sound here. Listen to them tacking an obscure cover version (Yoko Ono, anyone?), improvising an extended guitar workout and marvel at the power of the heavily reverbed guitar solo on `Sorry'.
`This Is Our Music's" best track is `Summertime' - a wonderfully controlled guitar piece, drenched in atmosphere and melody, superbly evocative of its subject matter. This is the band at their strongest and most self-assured, but the songwriting is strong throughout.
Their wonderfully kooky lyrics are also in evidence - witness the record's opening couplet: `I wrote a poem on a dog biscuit/And my dog refused to look at it'. Genius.
Once more, Kramer the producer is the de facto fourth member of the band, introducing otherwordly effects and sounds into the mix.
If you are reading this review you probably know all this already but Galaxie 500 have an almost iconic status in their genre and have influenced successive bands such as Low. When they split not long after this record came out they did so at the height of their powers and left a much-loved musical legacy. I love `This Is Our Music' as much today as I did in 1990 which is a rare thing indeed. Precious stuff.