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The essential Pavement album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Audio CD)
Of their five albums this is the one that perhaps sonds most like Pavement. So many others tried to reconstuct their sound that their identity as a band become somewhat confused and self-parodying by the time the last two albums were released. Here,though, they sound completely fresh and confident, rather than self-conscious. Melodious three minute pop singles such as the seminal "Cut Your Hair" are balanced by experimental soundscapes like "Hit the Plane Down" and closer, "Filmlore Jive". Accordingly, the band's strongest and most charming characteristics from the rest of thier work is successfully condensed down on to one cd. And, as if this wasn't enough, the album includes arguably their best song - the Smashing Pumpkin and Stone Temple Pilot namechecking "Range Life". This and several other moments on this album - notably "Gold Sounds"- evidence the suspicion that Pavement were one of the very best bands of the last decade.