Popular Songs

Yo La Tengo


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2009, Matador

Popular Songs could be Yo La Tengo's bravest musical statement to date in a career full of 'em. Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime associate Roger Mountenot, Popular Songs finds the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew at the height of their creative powers, fashioning an epic work that's cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous.

Even for longtime followers of Yo La Tengo, the stylistic range encompassed on Popular Songs is startling ; the band aren't merely conversant with rock and pop subgenres stretching into the double digits, but their unselfconscious mastery of such is simply uncanny. Without absolving you of the sacred responsibility of listening to this album from start to finish (with no commercial interruptions!) , we can say with full confidence there are portions of Popular Songs where a cursory needle drop reveals a band that doesn't sound instantly like Yo La Tengo - or at least how you recognized them prior to now. In the words of Mike Wolf, "Yo La Tengo is not afraid. They walk confidently forward, into the unknown, hand in hand. And 12 (or 14) albums in, they may just be hitting their stride."


Disc 1
1 Here to Fall
2 Avalon or Someone Very Similar
3 By Two's
4 Nothing to Hide
5 Periodically Double or Triple
6 If It's True
7 I'm on My Way
8 When It's Dark
9 All Your Secrets
10 More Stars Than There Are in Heaven
11 Fireside
12 And the Glitter Is Gone

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