Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yo La Tengo "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out" (2000)

Wow. This is a dense album.  It feels like there should be some odd critical phrase used to describe Yo La Tengo albums -- perhaps "intelligensia-rock" or "smartcore".  I don't think that this would fall into Simon Reynolds' "record collector rock" -- the influences are clearly there, but more to be implied than as outright rips of riffs etc...   But this is clearly a record meant to rock the head, not the heart, butt or balls.  It's a long album, but it does pay off.  A real gem.

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