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This ammunition never rests...,
This review is from: Crooked Rain Crooked Rain [Special Edition] (Audio CD)
I bought Crooked Rain in 1994, played it to death, & worshipped at the altar of Pavement for several years thereafter... so much so that I have difficulty sitting down & listening to the album "proper" these days: I've already played it WAY too much, it's every nuance is imprinted on my long-term memory it seems, rather like The V.U.'s "banana" album or Bowie's Ziggy.
However, this reissue is worth picking up for the extra disc alone - a brilliantly tatty, scattershot mélange of b-sides, Peel sessions, & demos that contains enough unused raw material for (at least) another entire Pavement album. Malkmus, Spiral & co. were stupendously prolific at this point - in fact, there were so many discarded songs left over at the end of the Crooked Rain sessions that I'm surprised Wowee Zowee wasn't a quadruple LP!
Ultimately, I'll always prefer Slanted & Enchanted, as that's when I intersected with (& immersed myself in) Pavement's surreal muse but, if I'm honest, Crooked Rain is a more impressive achievement by far, & inarguably their finest "band" album.
A masterpiece? Why, yes.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2013 22:55:37 GMT
Hey Rooksby, I'm so pleased you enjoyed intersecting with (and immersing yourself in) Pavement's surreal muse. Thanks for sharing that interesting fact. Oh, and that you've "already" played CRCR way too much in the 19 years it's been out. Already? Wow. Another great review, please never stop Rooksby.
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