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Brighten The Corners

Brighten The Corners

8 Mar 2010
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Brighten the corners is one of those albums. Most will listen but not understand, it is their loss. The album is a true masterpiece in every way. Those not used to the vocal style of Stephen Malkmus will argue that he cannot sing. Somehow though the wonky wisdom he preaches draws together the music in a spell bounding way. I have never smiled so much listening to an album. If you could bottle happiness its in this album. Lyrically odd, quirky and highly original, its not like your typical indie rock, not like anything else. If you have not heard Pavement before, this album is a great starting point. After a few listens if you are not a fan then you don't like music.
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Another embarassment of riches from Pavement. Many fans will have the original album and possibly many of the other tracks on CD singles. What separates these reissues from the pack however is the fantastic packaging - collecting photos, illustrations and anecdotes contemporary to the album's original release.

It has been said that this is the sound of Pavement unwinding - the gradual spiral down to the over produced and underwhelming Terror Twilight. I disagree. If Wowee Zowee is the sound of Pavement trying (and succeeding) to escape the bonds that constrain most guitar based bands the BTC is the sound of them orbiting rock kicking back at the top of their game.

The second disc is characteristicly choc full of treasures. Alternate versions of The Hexx and Tan lines among others shimmer so brightly that most bands would kill for a slice of their genius. Things went south from here but at this point Pavement had the world at their feet.
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Pavement, the queens of modern American Lo-Fi! This eclectic offering brings a refreshing wave of mayhem from the minute you press play. 'Bighten the Corners opens with the aptly named 'Stereo', a song by all contrasts giving the listener a full flavour of the very stuff that is Pavement. With the all time great line - "what about the voice of Gedi Lee, I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy; I know him and he does". This wonderful nonsense prevails throughout with the lyrical timbre ranging from the absurd to the absurder! Musically the 3 minute form is stretched out of all recognition, with half finished themes rolling into neatly explored phrases to downright heavenly 'noise'.

Lo-Fi has never had it so good, a co-hesive blend of disonance and tongue - in - cheek harmoniousness. The album moves swiftly without peaks and troughs, just one long high ride! If you have not ventured into Pavement territory, this is the album to familiarise yourself with. For those veteran fans, a culmination of anarchistic adolescence metamorphosising into a Utopia of sound and fable.

Go Buy It!
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'whats your favourite pavement album?' is a rhetorical question for me, i mean if push came to shove, i guess ill listen to crooked rain crooked rain the most, but brighten the corners is a cryptic record, that really does seem to change everytime you listen to it. Lyrically its just fantastical-SM's bizzare phrasing is not only highly original but the unpredictability makes every listen seem different. and what a range of songs on offer here! so different, even though the album is bought together by a strange and slightly disturbing undercurrent. I always think of this album as the personality fight we all endure within ourselves, the conflicting emotions that at times make us feel literally insane.

anyways, highlights include- shady lane - transport is arranged-passat dream-starlings in the slipstream-blue hawiian and date with ikea is awsome too.

one of those special albums, that reminds you just how complicated it is to be human sometimes- the comedy, and the tragedy.
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After the haphazard, awkward beauty of Pavement's first three LPs, the initial overriding impression of BTC to fans of the band was that the sound had been smoothed over to its detriment. Thing is, Stephen Malkmus always was a great songwriter (and a fantastic lyricist), and one never really appreciated that the wilfully lo-fi production that characterised their earlier sound was probably holding them back somewhat. So, yeah, it took a fair while for me to appreciate this LP fully. I always enjoyed the singles Stereo and Shady Lane, but now I hear tracks like the sublime Type Slowly (sample lyric: "One of us is a cigar stand / And one of us is a lovely blue incandescent guillotine") and go all goose-pimply.

Their last great LP.
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This is definetly the best Pavement album. A lot of people would say that 'Slanted....' is, but I couldn't see how. As a whole, its perfect and the songs individually are the best. Its a lot more accessible than the others, so everyone can enjoy it, plus it has 'Transport Is Arranged' on it. The riff that I can't stop rocking to every time I hear it. Along with that track it also contains 'Stereo', 'Type Slowly' and the sublime 'Embassy Row'. What more could you want.
But don't get me wrong, the other albums are fantastic...but just aren't as incredible as this.
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This album is one of my favourite albums ever. And NME gave it a whole 6 out of 10. This shows you what happens with pavement, a lot of people dont quite get it. In fact almost all of the pepole I have forced this album on havent quite got it. Oh well. I love every song on this album especially Stereo, Embassy Row, Old To Begin and Type Slowly. If you want to find a great band then this is a good place to start. Especially if you are a colonised amateur sea salt gatherer.
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