Saturday, December 19, 2009

Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (1997) (320)

The term "indie rock" can throw people for a loop, especially in a day and age which emphasizes the expression of everybody's "independent" or "individual" spirit for the whole world to perceive. Most, however, think of the 1990s as the golden age for a certain "indie" or, I cringe at the term, "college rock" sound which has since scattered to include almost anyone playing unique (read: everyone). This was the heyday of Pavement, Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, and a slew of others including the pioneer indie threesome, Yo La Tengo. This gem of an album sounds like 1997e for this reason, but still rules, going from noisy lo-fi rocking on songs like "Sugarcube" and "Green Arrow", to slow heart-wrenchers like "Damage" and "Shadows", to perfectly imperfect pop songwriting on "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Autumn Sweater". Other highlights are the shoegaze Beach Boys cover,"Little Honda" and the slightly odd revamp of Anita Bryan's "My Little Corner of the World", which has far surpassed the originally in popularity. The album is a striking example of an indie band at its fullest coherency, riding the waves of shoegazey distortion, downright rock and roll, feelingsy pop and electronic soundspheres.


1. Return to Hot Chicken
2. Moby Octopad
3. Sugarcube
4. Damage
5. Deeper into Movies
6. Shadows
7. Stockholm Syndrome
8. Autumn Sweater
9. Little Honda
10. Green Arrow
11. One PM Again
12. The Lie and How We Told It
13. Center of Gravity
14. Spec Bebop
15. We're an American Band
16. My Little Corner of the World


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