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Their most willfully oblique and bizarre release, Wowee Zowee sees Pavement eschewing the noisy pop aesthetic of Slanted And Enchanted and straight-forward songs of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain to delve deeper into the warped psyche of their deliciously odd music. Songs like "Rattled By The Rush" are still as lovely as always, with Steve Malkmus's melodious vocals coasting over lo-fi guitar fuzz; but elsewhere, the music flits from folk to music-hall twee to country with disorientating abandon. It's a fragmented and highly cryptic ride; and in typically perverse Pavement fashion, it is only after repeated listens that the kaleidoscope of musical styles start to slot into place. Those who persevere, however, will find their efforts richly rewarded. --Amber Cowan
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After the alt-genius of Slanted and Enchanted and the groove-laden Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee comes across as a progression of the band's sound. The opener, 'We Dance', is evidence of this. It's beautiful but not particularly edgy or loud. But it never sounds conventional either. It's one of my favourite Pavement tracks. 'Rattled by the Rush' follows with more swagger and continues the trend with an almost pop rhythm-style riff. However it soon arcs into the Pavement of old and the melody gets lost in a smorgasboard of jangly nonsense. In a good way.
Inevitably for an album with 18 tracks there is some filler and these come in the shape of the minute or so long songs like 'Brinx Job'm, Serpentine Pad' and 'Flux=Rad'. These are not bad tracks, they just don't stay around long enough to be likable. This is the main problem with Wowee: If it was halved, track-wise, then it would be an astounding album.
My pick of the songs would be the first 2 I have mentioned already, 'Grounded', 'Father to a Sister of Thought', 'Grave Architecture' (very groovy) and the excellent 'Kennel District'.
It's hard to critique or quantify how good Pavement are as they seem to be outside of the music scene rather than playing into the global idea of what music should be. But even as a fan it's easy to see that this is no masterpiece. However, it is still one of the best albums you're likely to hear. Well this and every other Pavement album.
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The lazy description is to call this their White Album. Spralling, eclectic, surprising and frequently beautiful. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2005 by Jamesie
The band from Stockton display a wide range of infuences and deliver lots of various styles, all distinctly 'Pavementised'. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2003 by M. Partyka