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Summer Sun [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (7 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B00008GEKR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,718,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yo La Tengo - they've been around longer than the Flaming Lips, right? Yet like the Lips, they're producing some of the best music of their career, but thanks to much subtler use of electronica and acres and acres of keyboards.
Beach Party Tonight is a gorgeous, wispy opener that never really starts, leading into Little Eyes. Little Eyes, a lush tune, much like Season of the Shark, both carry a passing nod to Grandaddy, but with gentle, soothing vocals and calming keyboards. The songs themselves are deep and very mature (as you'd expect from these oldies), and these two are probably the most mainstream on the album.
Today Is The Day is a beautiful, seize the day moment in typical Yo La Tengo laidback tones - the guitar lines are lazy and suggest a contradiction to the subject matter in their ability to while away the day. Don't Have To Be So Sad and Nothing But You And Me are brilliant examples of keyboards being used to drive a song, or to let it flow wistfully - Nothing But You And Me a brilliant example of this.
This album is a great chill-out album - and we should be thankful that many people discover it because of it's relaxive properties. Yet there's so much more to it than that - brilliant musicianship, gorgeously understated vocals, and miles and miles of mature human comment. A gem.
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Format: Audio CD
...i was never sure that i was a yo la tengo fan until hearing this album....the album title sweeps you into the mood of the tracks it holds...just lay back, feel the early evening summer sun shine in through the window and listen with your eyes closed.
gentle, atmospheric and thoughtful lyrics...'how to make a baby elephant float'...song titles to fall in love with...
not like anything else with predominantly male vocals in my record collection...and i am glad it has found a home there.
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Much like its predecessor, this album will likely take some time to
fully absorb. There is so much in it that, with initial listens, you'll feel somewhat estranged. It is a quiet album to be played loud, and every time you hear it, you WILL notice something different- another texture to the songs. YLTs' songs set moods like few do these days, and this is a gem of an album, cuddling in warm, gently-unveiling experimental sounds, slo-mo funky bass-driven pieces, to whispered musical landscapes that are hypnotic yet never still. This is is the sound of a band who know each other, having fun and becoming one. If you are familiar with them,'Summer Sun' has the variety of sounds of 'I can hear the heart...' blended with the intimate feeling of ' And then nothing turned...' plus the experimental fun of 'The sounds of the sounds of Science'(check their website for this). This is a jazz album done by some of the best pop songwriters today. Standouts are 'little eyes', the Kinda-Kinks 'Season of the Shark', 'Today is the day', the meditative groove of ' Let's be still', and the closing 'Take care', which is better than the original if I may say so. This band- you'll either fall in love with or disregard, give them a chance and they just might change your sunday afternoons for good.
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By A Customer on 11 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love to listen to this album after a stressful day. It really is like a piece of the summer sun in my bedroom. My favourite song is Nothing But You And Me. The soft, growly voice and discords make for a sexy track. I also like Moonrock Mambo. And all the songs.
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