This review is from: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass (Audio CD)
This is a magnificent album, 70-odd minutes of the most eclectic music you're likely to hear. There are many influences at work here, none more signficant that that of the Velvets who, I would say, have been Yo La Tengo's major influence for over 20 years now.
The quality of the album is so high it's difficult to know where to begin. The album opener Pass The Hatchet and the closer The Story of Yo La Tengo are each 10-minute plus classics, reminding me of the Velvets at their absolute best (What Goes On, Rock n Roll, Waiting For The Man, etc). Similarly, I Should Have Known Better is another uptempo classic. However, as we should know by now, Yo La Tengo are also the greatest current exponent of the slow, aching, ultra-melodic ballad, and this album has a number of examples, none better than Black Flowers and the sublime Song For Mahila. How this band manage to create their distinctive sound from a three-piece never ceases to amaze me!
An essential album.