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on 10 August 2011
Their debut was phenomenal and will always be the epitome of laid-back, alt-americana-inspired indie rock, but the follow up was no slouch either - despite sounding like one! Tonally it was slightly polished and leaned towards certain MOR sensibilities in places but the edge was still there and would not go either. And the tunes were also in abundance, thankfully, as well.
Opener, 'Silence Kit' is something of a classic. A great melody and played as lazily as possible, it sounds like the perfect segue between this and their debut. 'Elevate Me Later' is more of the same with another lazy riff that seems to have unending possibilities up the scale. Another winner. 'Stop Breathin' is one of the best 'slow' Pavement tracks. Sometimes they can err on the rather mundane side but this just nestles in and curls round your eardrums like musical candyfloss. 'Cut Your Hair' is more upbeat and a good, fun track. 'Newark Wilder' is back to the lacadaisical but in a southern USA kind of a way, with a heatwave swagger and slide-guitar-like distortion. 'Unfair' is another passionate tirade with some excellent lyrics from Malkmus.
'Goldsoundz' took a while to like. At first it seems boring and uninteresting but the more you play it the better and breezier it becomes. A near classic. '5-4=Unity' is a nice mellow 2 minutes of jazzy breaks and sublime bridges. And 'Range Life' is 'Range Life'. It's THE classic. For an alternative, angular-sounding indie band this sort of track should not work. It's conventional to the letter. But it's a stunningly beautiful song. 'Major Leagues' from Terror Twilight comes close in terms of tone. 'Heaven is a Truck' is an ok track without being great. 'Hit the Plane Down' has a mantra-like chorus and is rather likable but it's the kind of track that seemed to be round the corner every 5 minutes on Wowee Zowee. 'Filmore Jive' goes on too long and is not interesting enough to really stick with.
A few minor points aside it is one of their best albums, possibly even second to Slanted?