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Yo La Tengo
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

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Label: Matador Released: 2/22/2000

Ahh... that's what I needed.

Is there anything better than a new Yo La Tengo album? I really have no idea but I can say I have been looking forward to this release since about two weeks after their last one came out and I'm not disappointed.

The advanced reviews for And then nothing turned itself inside out spoke of a band maturing, of this being an album about relationships. Well I don't know but it seems to me all their albums have had the same theme this one is just the best one to fuck too. Picture it… the lights are low, you pour another glass of wine the multi disc player finds its way to Yo La Tengo and you and your partner settle into a nice, long session of heavy petting. By the time "Tears Are in Your Eyes" comes up the last of the undergarments hit the floor, by "Cherry Chapstick", And Nothings… rockingest track, you're going at it full steam and there's still the 18 minute "Night Falls on Hoboken" for the sweet come down. No seducee can resist.

Don't get me wrong this is no Jewel or Sarah Maclauclin type record. Yo La Tengo have always been closer to Sonic Youth or the Archers of Loaf than to Air Supply or whatever other AOR ballad band is popular at highschool dances today. This is just a bit quieter than some of their earlier work.

Yo La Tengo is a pop band that writes songs about normal everyday life. You know where they are coming from because you probably live it, now it just seems more beautiful. They've got at least as much atmosphere as any Pink Floyd album. Their ideas are clever. Their lyrics are lovely but mostly their songs are great. Too bad you'll never hear this on the radio.

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