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4.3 out of 5 stars
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on 25 February 2003
This album is how I discovered, back in 1995, what would become most probably my favorite band, or certainly one of my favourites...see them live if you can, because they're verging on jazz nad pop lately...that's what you get for knowing each other for so long...you become one.
Back to 'electr-o-pura'- It came after 'Painful', where they hinted the road they were to embark upon..here its set...this is the record that set their sound, or new sound if you like...
'Decora' is the song My Bloody Valentine never managed to write, 'Flying lesson' is a monologue of despair, with one of the most melodically apt guitar riffs to ever end a song...
There's sweet ballads as well, and that's a recurrence of most YLT albums, that's why they balance so well...one minute your rocking and nodding onto a hypnotic rhythm driven piece and the next you're being cuddled in a warm (love) folk ballad by Georgia Hubley's tender voice and essential melodic guitar by Ira Kaplan's phrasing, such as in 'Pablo and Andrea'.'my heart's reflection'..or ' Don't say a word'.... check out an alternate version of 'Tom Courtenay' on the single as well. 'Blue line swinger' ends the album, and it is a great track... building up in a drone -hear it live and see what I mean.
I'm a sucker for this band and I can't help myself; I never, ever get tired of them, they never repeat themselves, live they are amazing and more than anything they improve with time. They are focused yet playful, tense and intimate, melodic, never banal, touching and cinematic. If you don't know them you are missing out on one of the best american bands of the last 20 years, and I really mean that, so buy this, buy 'fakebook', and buy one of the last 2 albums.
If you have a chance, see them live.
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on 28 December 2001
Yo La Tengo are one of the most under-rated US rock bands around. FACT!
The album starts brilliantly with 'Decora' waves of noisy, yet controlled and very tuneful feedback with perfect lo-fi female backing vocals to top it.
Tom Courtenay is perfect noisy power pop. The theme of the song relating to the novel 'Billy Liar'- "Julie Christie, the rumours are true..." calls out Ira.
Slower more downbeat moments are offered on the song 'Pablo and Andrea'
Overall a cracking album. The discerning alternative music fan will not be disappointed. Noisy yet tuneful, interesting in arrangement. You will NEVER get bored of this album.. or in fact Yo La Tengo.
Paul S
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on 15 January 2008
I find this album frustrating as it has some of yo la tengo's best work but as an album i feel it doesnt play as well as 'i can hear the haert beating as one'.

Basically if you are into the 'tengo' - buy this for 'Tom Courtney' and 'Blue Line Swinger.

Tom C is an abosolute pop gem - very beatles esque - with some great sketchy guitar work too - this is such a joyous catchy song i dont know how people cannot sing a long to the
'bop-da-da.. bop-bop.. ba da-da da-da' of the chorus.

and 'blue line swinger' is a 10 min jam that nicely builds up from a keyboard drone and occasional drumbeat into a full on tune drench in humming bass, seering feedback from the guitar and water tight drumming.

i love the way the drum beat keeps teasing the listener into thinking that the next time round the song will explode into the main theme but keeps circling round until it finally unleashes it self into a cool uptempo beat.

Another good song is 'my hearts reflection' which is an indication to the direction that they would be taking later in their career, where atmosphere and resonate bass often take over wild feedback and heavy drumming.

however there are few tracks that dont really do anything and let the album down.

but any fans of sonic youth, sugar, my bloody valentine or anything just that little bit different should definately check ou the above tracks.
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on 16 September 2000
while perhaps not the absolute best by Yo La Tengo, it is a very good album. There are some fantastic moments, such as 'false alarm' with it's spiky organ attacks, the beautiful 'don't say a word' and the epic 'blue line swinger'. Bizzarely, many of the track times on the reverse are totally wrong, with many tracks clocking in at three times what it says on the back, while some are exactly right. don't let this put you off though.
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