Fade – Yo La Tengo (January 2013)

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It is not 1997.  One can no longer woo the world with a wonderfully woven autumn sweater.  Sixteen years after Yo La Tengo fully realized itself, we have Fade, the elements of which refuse to stand out in front of each other.  Nothing is foregrounded, creating a comforting effect that lets you feel the ease with which the album was made.  Only the towering bookends, “Ohm” and “Before We Run,” push six minutes while the eight in between are calm, humble outings.  Its melodies are so low-key that everything takes a while to learn, but familiarizing yourself with Fade is a pleasant task.  A band is most exciting in its growth, but Yo La Tengo recognizes that years later, you can still stare up at a giant Sequoia, no longer growing but slowly fading into forever.

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Published in: on February 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM  Leave a Comment  

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