Eric Russell Taylor
You know it because it’s true….
May I Sing With Me was definitely the first Yo La Tengo with James McNew on board as a full time member, and I’d be willing to debate that IT was the album where the Yo La Tengo we know and love truly got their wings. Every album of theirs has at least a couple of killer songs, and Fakebook is fantastic all the way through……But without a doubt, Painful changed everything. Such an amazing album.
Was wondering the same….Tom just taking a random dig, or did a college radio station in his hometown have a fixation with XTC on their playlists? The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead had long since come and gone as semi successful single in the US. There were a hell ton of other bands / songs in rotation at most college stations that year bearing Albini’s production stamp. Having said that, Rid Of Me certainly deserves all the praise. Great album…….but so is almost everything XTC did.
What is Aaron Lariviere’s obsession with excrement? Way too many uses of it in this piece. Great writing otherwise.
You are not alone…….Diamond Dogs is a pretty weak record. It’s a mess really. Rebel Rebel is an amazing song, but the only amazing song on the record. The sound of treading water. It’s a very “uncertain” album……….lost.
REVOLVER. Easily one of the most important rock records of all time…and one of my favorites.
I wasn’t offering excuses, just my opinion or perspective on why these lists look so fucked up and laughable compared to what my own list would be. I don’t happen to agree with this one much at all myself, but I don’t think it was made for the purpose of pissing anyone off. I’ve slept fine since it was published. Funny enough, between your down vote and need to call me out on my opinion on these lists, I’m pretty sure our lists would come to about the same conclusion based on what you’ve said. Oh well……….
I think the lists show the reviewer’s entry point into the band more than anything. This list is clearly Hüsker Dü as introduced by Sugar or late Bob Mould more than anything to me.
Same goes for about every other list I’ve seen here. If you bought Slanted and Enchanted when it was released, no way in hell would it be number three on your list, and the Mats list was just plain all over the place, equal to the Bends example you gave or in my opinion, the New Day Rising ranking here. I think the writers are giving their all, they are just coming up with completely different takes than I would.
Again, it becomes glaringly obvious what their entry point into these bands were. And in the end, if someone is ranking a band’s discography it’s bound to offend someone else’s take.
….and the world could hear a pin drop.
Not sure if this is cool or not, posting an All Music link, but this sums it up pretty well for me. Especially as a fan that had waited three years for the next album after the masterpiece that was And Then Nothing……. There are fantastic songs on Summer Sun, and honestly I am more a fan of it now than I was on release, but as a whole it lacks a lot of what the albums surrounding it deliver.
I’m not sure I agree with this list entirely, but I could honestly care less about that.
Yo La Tengo! Such an amazing band, and a necessity in this Stereogum series.
I bought May I Sing With Me when it was first released and fell in love with it. I then went out and bought the first four, and when Painful was released, I knew that YLT was one of the best bands America (or anywhere for that matter) had to offer. What a masterpiece! The best was yet to come, which is amazing when I think back on it.
I have seen YLT many many times. Some of those shows have been outright awful and some of them just ok, but most have been nothing short of transcendent on some level. I cannot think of one other band out there like them. SO good. So many great songs and albums, start to finish.
And to think that they have a brand new album coming out soon!!!!!
There have been very few bands out there this special. Lucky to have them.
How are there no comments here?!! Great interview. The new record….Eitzel’s best in a while. First time I saw AMC was on the Mercury tour in Atlanta after having waited a couple of years to catch them. It blew my mind. That incarnation of the band was just unstoppable on a good night. Criminal those records are out of print.
Can we get an amen for the Dave Allen (Gang of Four / Shriekback) cameo?!!……ok, it’s milliseconds long, (most clear at 1:03) but awesome nonetheless.
King Tuff is fantastic! But polished precision? Not a lot polished or precise about those records.
the rubber one from your name right? the one you borrowed from your mom? I mean, you were two when this album was released, what are you on about?
Sorry. I meant that I agree with Raptor Jesus below re: Pure Phase, not Tom.
I would go with Tom’s suggestion (below) about picking up Pure Phase next, but Ladies and Gentlemen seems to be their undisputed high point. If that record doesn’t send you over the moon, then the others are not gonna do it either. I think this is the best Spiritualized album since then, but I’m not a fan of all the work in between, especially Amazing Grace.
I don’t know how to put this any kinder, so I’m sorry if it really offends….but Tom, is definitely drinking the Spiritualized Kool-Aid. Keep that in mind. I agree that the strings are amazing on this one though. Maybe some of the best orchestration on any Spiritualized release to date.
again….make room for the 12 year old girl/boy. head bowed. long live you. really. just beware of the birthdays ahead……the chemical romance eyeliner won’t always look so damned cute.
…and she?/he still looks 11 yrs old!
Four Calendar Cafe is a much weaker album.
And as a friend of mine pointed out, I can’t believe that more folks have not commented that the verses in ‘Myth’ sound a lot like “Eyes Without A Face” by Billy Idol…..which I like, but still.
Although we have come to different conclusions re: this album….that is funny.
Yeah…we are coming from completely different places on this one! Weird. I think the vocals have more nuance and range than they ever have had on their albums, and the guitar is so much more lush. I love Teen Dream too, don’t get me wrong, but I’m blown away by this one. Sounds like they have been listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins (Heaven or Las Vegas specifically) but not a bad thing in my book.
Can’t wait to buy this on vinyl, if anything is lacking (for me)…..it’s this low bit rip.
I’d say, just give it more time. It’s not that radical a departure, just refined.
I agree….this sounds so much more lush and dynamic than Teen Dream to me. Totally the next level comparatively. Loving it, blown away by it. Really beautiful album.