Yo La Tengo - 'Fade'
Are Yo La Tengo vexed by everyone considering their best albums to have been made in the previous century?
7 / 10
Having spent nearly 30 years in a self-sufficient well-liked band is probably fair compensation, but you do wonder if New Jersey indie vets Yo La Tengo are vexed by everyone considering their best albums to have been made in the previous century. Perhaps the answer is in the specifics of ‘Fade’, their 13th album: it finds them in quietly romantic mode, with no epic song lengths or vicar-worrying feedback. Save perhaps for an unusual dalliance with folk (‘I’ll Be Around’), little new personal ground is broken, but their songwriting chops and sound design remain cherishable.
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