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This review is from: Westing (By Musket & Sextant) (Audio CD)
I have never written an Amazon review before, but I have to raise the average rating of this album.
What can I say about Westing? The lyrics are inaudible, the tracks are interspersed with feedback and white noise (indeed one track is pure white noise), and it is truely superb. One of those rare moments in you life where you have a vivid memory of putting in the CD for the first time and having your whole musical perspective opened up. That opening riff on track 1 - "Killing me..." I'm back there now, in my car. It changed my life. I now own every album Pavement ever did. They're all great, but Westing is beyond compare. There should be an extra rating beyond five stars.
To get away from my reminiscences for a minute I should say I can well understand why this album has weak reviews. Most people just aren't going to get it. It is too raw; uncompromising. Bands like The Strokes offer a more palatible form of lo-fi, and that's fine; but Pavement are the masters, and for me this album is the pinnacle.
Have a look on the US amazon site. The album gets a far better assessment there, and they have snippets from the songs. Click the link for "You're killing me" and you'll know straight away if this is the album for you.