Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Music Review: Yo La Tengo-Fade

Yo La Tengo-Fade
Average Score: 81
 [Matador]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD
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92 Paste
What a gross prospect that a 30-years-going (and at least 20-years-miraculous) band like Hoboken’s finest have to contend with critical acclaim, that tempestuous thing that doubts itself every so often when a band simmers for too long.
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83 The A.V. Club
Fade suggests the trio wouldn’t disagree: Defined by its dreamy ruminations on aging, the record is both a clear-eyed assessment of how far the band has come and a perspective on what’s ahead.
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81 Pitchfork
It may not herald another big day coming, but Fade is a thoroughly immersive dusk-to-dawn soundtrack to a dark night's passing.
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80 Consequence Of Sound
Fade is the band’s most thematically unified album in at least 10 years, and almost certainly their most direct ever.
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80 Slant Magazine
The result is remarkably flexible, an album that should rub loyal fans the right way while welcoming newcomers into the YLT fold with a gentle hand.
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80 Tiny Mix Tapes
There’s a power in this music to carry the listener “beyond mistrust” to a place where people say what they mean and keep their promises. And there’s a power in this band to persist, still, nearly 30 years later, and probably to persist too in our ears long after they fade for good.
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80 AllMusic
By this point, Yo La Tengo have developed not just a style, but a voice of their own so distinct that the deeper the details go determines how strong the album can be. Fade is rich with details and grows richer the closer one looks.
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80 Pop Matters
Indeed, much of Fade feels like an exercise in free association with previous Yo La Tengo efforts, making it an album that’s appealingly familiar, yet without seeming like it only revisits past triumphs.
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80 No Ripcord
Fade is a sign of perseverance for the group, as the album perfectly details just what is so essential and appealing about the group, and why there will always be a place for these guys in the world of indie rock.
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75 Under The Radar
But for a band that has made change their consistent state, Fade is another welcome stop on a career that shows no signs of growing old.
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